We’re Building New England by Tony Hernandez

 In News, Newsletter: Summer 2020

Infrastructure work is considered by the federal government essential work at bridge, water treatment plants, MBTA stations and garages, military and naval facilities. We had members working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the guidelines put in place by the CDC and the District Council 35 leadership, our priority is the well-being and safety of our members and their families. The federal government should make it mandatory to wear a mask when we are in public. Keep the 6 feet or more distance and wash your hands, and if you don’t feel good don’t go to work or you are putting your co-workers at risk. There has been a case when a member has shown up to work sick, and he went to the hospital to get tested for COVID-19 and came out positive, so the contractor sent his co-workers to the hospital to be tested. Luckily, they were negative results.

I believe we’re going to have a busy fall and winter. These are some of the projects we got this year:

The $46,973,440 structural repairs and painting of Route 90 bridge over Woronoco River in Westfield was awarded to Daniel O’Connor.

We have two contractors on site, Safespan Systems and Atlas Painting. The $12,880,000 structural steel cleaning, painting and repairs of the interstate 290 Viaduct in Worcester was awarded to Atlas Painting. This work will be starting this August, with more opportunities for our members. The $3,184,395 Milliken Boulevard Bridge structural repairs and painting over interstate 195 in Fall River was awarded to Prime Coating. The $2,072,00 structural cleaning and painting of three bridges along I-290 and 395 was awarded to Atlas Painting. The $1,942,500 painting package of three bridges along I-290 in Worcester, Northborough and Boylston was awarded to Atsalis Brothers. The Lechmere Viaduct Rehabilitation is a $61,894,820 project. Bridges along I-290 and Route 395 were awarded to SPS New England; we have Liberty Maintenance on site looking for a good ending in 2020.

I want to take the time to congratulate the TSI management team. This past July, four of our members, Paul Brown, Richard Mladek, Robert Flynn, and Sarah Cosman, took the QP6 Training Thermal Spray Inspector Certification. They are waiting for their certificates and cards. Three members, Phillip Lafleur, Justin Kneeland and Robert Flynn, took the entire thermal spray applicator certification. They are waiting for their certificates and cards. Two others, Julian Gonzalez and Sean Newell, took the attending classes for training purposes.

After TSI is complete and passes the QP6 audit, they will become one of the seven companies in the world certified for thermal spray applications.