by Jeffrey B Mullan, Executive Director, Massachusetts Turnpike Authority
I can't be the only citizen of the Commonwealth who drives around wishing they had the foresight to invest in orange barrels. Construction on our roads has exploded this year – a direct result of the renewed investment in our roads and bridges initiated under Governor Patrick with the support of the legislature, including the Governor's $3 billion, eight-year Accelerated Bridge Program. A large number of backlogged projects are off the drawing board and into the ground. That's highly visible and represents smart investments in the future.
Less visible, but equally important, are the smaller maintenance projects that each of our transportation agencies are carrying out every day. Whether it is treadle repair at our toll booths, rebuilding our motor fleet at a fraction of the cost of buying new, catch basin cleaning on Morrissey Boulevard, the constant upkeep that is required to keep the Tobin Bridge in good condition, or any of the daily tasks that are conducted out of MassHighway's districts on our state highway system, transportation workers are out there keeping our roads and bridges safe. At the Pike, we have started an "MTA at Work" page to show people what we are doing with their tolls and tax payments. Soon, you will see similar information on EOT's website.
As we build the new MassDOT, it's important to show you the types of investments we are making in your transportation system. Check it out.