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MassDOT Celebrates Bridge Opening

MassDOT Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola joined state and local officials for the ribbon cutting ceremony and reopening of the Whipple Road Bridge that connects Wilmington and Billerica and also serves Tewksbury.

The $170,000 MassDOT project rehabilitated the locally-owned bridge, which closed in March 2010 following significant flood damage.

“Rebuilding transportation infrastructure across the Commonwealth means addressing projects both large and small in scope but always of critical importance to their local communities,” said Administrator DePaola. “I am pleased to be here today to see the results of our collaboration with local and state leaders in reopening this bridge.”

Following the March 2010 flood damage that closed the Whipple Road Bridge, the local communities were unable to fund the necessary repairs. MassDOT hired contractor Kodiak Construction to rebuild the bridge, with the communities jointly paying approximately $10,000 of the cost.

Bridge rehabilitation began in June and the bridge has reopened to traffic.

09/28/2012

Scott Appointed MBTA General Manager

Beverly Scott

The MassDOT Board of Directors this week voted to appoint Beverly A. Scott as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and MassDOT Rail & Transit Division Administrator. A 30-year transportation veteran, Scott will be the first female general manager of the MBTA.

Scott currently serves as Chief Executive Officer & General Manager for MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority in Atlanta, Georgia, the 9th largest public transit system in the country. She has held the position since 2007. Her prior experience in public transportation leadership spanning more than 30 years includes Chief Executive Officer & General Manager of the Sacramento Regional Transit District in Sacramento, California, and General Manager of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority in Providence.

“I am excited to join the rest of the Board in approving Beverly Scott’s appointment and look forward to working with her,” said MassDOT Secretary & Chief Executive Officer and MassDOT Board member Richard A. Davey. “Her vast expertise in transit management is the right fit at a critical time as we manage our transportation challenges in the Commonwealth. I know Bev shares our fundamental priorities of safety and customer service at the T.”

The unanimous vote to appoint Scott came following the Board’s public interviews today with candidate finalists Scott and Dwight Ferrell. In all, 106 applications were received for the position, with 22 applicants forwarded to the Preliminary Screening Committee.

Beverly Scott graduated Magna cum laude with a Bachelor Arts degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and received a Ph.D. in Political Science with a specialization in Public Administration from Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Scott will receive a 3-year contract and an annual salary of $220,000. In addition, her compensation package, details to be negotiated, will be line with the recommendations from the 2011 Crosby Report of the Quasi-Public Authority Compensation Review Commission. Scott will finish her term at MARTA in Atlanta and is expected to join the MBTA by the start of 2013.

Current MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis will return to his position as Chief Financial Officer upon Scott’s arrival.

“I want to thank current MBTA Acting GM Jonathan Davis for absolutely outstanding leadership at the T during the past year and for his many years of prior service, and we are fortunate to retain Jon’s wise counsel going forward.”



MassDOT Statewide Transportation Conversation

MassDOT next week will continue statewide public meetings, engaging with residents, community leaders and business owners to discuss the future of transportation in the Commonwealth.

Legislation passed in August requires the Department to host at least six public meetings in advance of developing a long-term financing plan for the state’s transportation system next year. To ensure that all regions of the Commonwealth are represented, MassDOT will hold 15 meetings.

Representatives from each division of MassDOT – RMV, Highway, Aeronautics and MBTA/Rail and Transit will be available to answer questions and provide information.

The first meeting was held Thursday, September 27, at Springfield Technical Community College.

Two meetings are scheduled for next week:

October 2, 2012 5:30-7:30 PM
Worcester City Hall, Levi Lincoln Room-3rd Floor, 455 Main Street, Worcester

October 4, 2012 6 -8 PM
Pittsfield Public Library, Auditorium, One Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield

The complete list of meetings is available on the web at:
http://www.mass.gov/massdot/yourvisionourfuture and during the meeting after the break.



Fitchburg: Rindge Road Improvements

I-93 construction

Governor Deval Patrick in July signed legislation designating the bridges in honor of Staff Sergeant Pucino, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009 when his mounted patrol unit was attacked with an IED.

“MassDOT, on behalf of the Patrick-Murray Administration, is proud to partner with the community of Fitchburg on this important project. These kinds of smaller-scale investments are often overlooked but are incredibly important to communities,” said Secretary Davey.

The Fitchburg Rindge Road project extends 2.5 miles from Route 31 at the John Fitch Highway toward the Ashby town line.

The Small Bottleneck Program provides communities with funding and technical assistance to complete roadway improvement projects valued at or about $1 million that do not score high enough to qualify for federal funding but make significant improvements for the local economy, quality of life, safety and/or commute times.

Projects in Fitchburg, Sandwich, Westhampton and Newburyport received Small Bottleneck Grants in 2012.



MassDOT is now on Facebook!

Continuing our efforts to inform and engage the public about their transportation system, MassDOT has launched its first-ever Facebook page. Please “like” the page and share with friends.

http://www.facebook.com/massdotinfo



MassDOT Board October Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, October 3, 1:00pm, North Adams City Hall, 10 Main Street, North Adams.

The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/BoardsCommittees/BoardofDirectors/BoardMeetings.aspx

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