Rockland: Highway Superintendent Dave Taylor Earns Traffic Safety Award

Rockland Deputy Chief Gerard Eramo, Highway Superintendent Dave Taylor, and John Paul, the Senior Manger of Traffic Safety and Public Affairs for AAA Northeast. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Rockland Deputy Chief Gerard Eramo, Highway Superintendent Dave Taylor, and John Paul, the Senior Manger of Traffic Safety and Public Affairs for AAA Northeast. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

 

In Rockland, Highway Superintendent Dave Taylor was recognized by AAA as a Traffic Safety Hero.

John Paul, the Senior Manger of Traffic Safety and Public Affairs for AAA Northeast, says the award is for people for their efforts to make towns safer.

“The teamwork approach. It’s the Highway Department working with the Police Departments, working with the Health Departments. It really shows in Rockland that everybody is working together,” said Paul. “They’re trying to make the town as safe as possible within the budget constraints they have to work with.”

Paul was asked as to what stood out about Taylor’s nomination.

“When you talk about the miles of new sidewalks, electronic signage that some other towns might not have,” said Paul. “Just trying to make Rockland as pedestrian-friendly as it can be. It goes a long way.”

Taylor was nominated by Deputy Rockland Police Chief Gerard Eramo. Historically, the he says the award has gone to a member of the police department.

“Not to take away from anything the men and women of the Rockland Police Department do, they do a great job every day,” said Eramo. “In the whole scheme of things, to try and think outside of the box a little bit. Because as a town, we do try to work together as a team.”

He says there have been numerous projects to help improve safety.

“Anytime that we’ve had issues as far as vehicle crashes, pedestrian problems, sidewalk issues, he’s come right out and helped us solve the problem,” said Eramo. “Whether it’s long-term or short-term, he’s done a great job.”

The Rail Trail has been a big hit among residents.

Taylor says it’s a credit to his department, and not just him. They want to make the town more pedestrian-friendly.

“Around the schools we’ve made safer with the new sidewalks, curbing, and crosswalks. The high-frequency flashers with the crosswalks, the signage we’ve been putting up,” said Taylor. “Working with the safety officers over at police and fire, trying to incorporate their ideas into something that we can do with our budget. Going after grants has been huge for us. We’ve been lucky to get some substantial grants that let us do more work.”

Taylor says they’re looking forward to completing work on Union Street. They also received a Complete Streets grant for $400,000 dollars from the state to improve the East Water and Liberty Street intersection.

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com.