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Helmut Ernst, chief engineer for the Boston area, wrote on March 1: \"So far, about 5% of the inspectors have shown serious deterioration so that they are no longer safe . \".
He added that it could take $0. 2 billion to replace all the lights. Ernst’s e-
An email to another transport officer showed that after February, there was growing concern within the transport sector.
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The Pound light fixture hit the highway inside Thomas P.
But it was not until March 16 that the public was aware of the potential danger, and yesterday\'s disruption of communication forced a senior transport official to resign and disrupted the entire agency, responsible for maintaining the main highways, bridges and tunnels of the state. Frank A.
Tramontozzi, who has been acting highway administrator in the state, resigned after an internal investigation accused him of serious mistakes in communication and kept the public in the dark.
Ernst & Young said he briefed Tramontozzi on the falling fixture on February.
But Tramontozzi did not tell his boss Jeffrey B.
The investigation found that Mulan was in the middle of March 8.
Tramontozzi, who couldn\'t be reached for comment, said he didn\'t know about the lighting accident until February. 25.
After checking all 23,000 overhead lights in the big excavation system, transport officials insisted that tunnel lighting was safe.
They say that only one other fixture has almost the same degree of corrosion as the collapsed fixture, although more than 300 of the fixtures show some corrosion.
They still don\'t know the cost of repairs, but insist that the final price will be well below Ernst & Young\'s estimated $0. 2 billion.
Since the collapse of the 2006 tunnel ceiling resulted in the death of an ordinary Jamaican woman, public anxiety about tunnel safety has intensified.
A week\'s delay in informing the public about possible dangerous lights on top of their heads triggered a political storm.
Patrick, who was not told about the issue until March 15, said another highway official was also condemned.
The governor said he personally conveyed to Mulan his displeasure at the incident.
\"The secretary himself also felt the burn from me, which means I am already very clear that I will not accept the situation any more,\" Patrick said . \". A 15-
A summary of the page of the Department of Transport survey released yesterday showed that transport officials responded positively to the falling fixtures, but repeatedly failed to convey their concerns to their boss Mulan, or the wider public and Patrick.
But the report also hurt Mullan, who did not know until March 1 that there was any problem with the lights, when a deputy sent him a copy of the EY warning, he says the light problem is a \"big deal\" that threatens the public \".
Even so, Mulan has not responded for four days, and Mulan said he was not fully informed until March 8.
Indeed, it is one of the legislative liaisons of the department, Roy avilaneda, who appears to first feel the potential seriousness of the lighting problem.
Avellaneda asked Ernst & Young for more details about lighting, prompting Ernst & Young to issue a warning on March 1. In his e-
Mail mail said that about 400 of the 8,000 lamps that have been inspected so far have shown such serious corrosion that it is not safe, and he called it a \"big deal \".
Avellaneda forwarded a shocking email from Ernst & Young
An email to assistant secretary and longtime government news assistant Joseph landofi, who forwarded the email to Mulan.
\"Have you finally learned this?
\"It could be a big deal,\" Landolfi wrote to Mullan . \".
On March 5, Mulan finally replied, \"No.
\"On March 16, when Mulan held a press conference on corrosion lamps, Tramontozzi stood by him.
On the same day, Mulan said he decided not to disclose the issue until his staff thoroughly investigated it.
He has not revealed that he has been in the dark for a month.
However, Mulan will soon change his position.
Under criticism from the legislative leader and others, he publicly acknowledged the errors in judgment.
In an interview with The Global Times, he said: \"Knowing what I know now, it seems that I made a mistake afterwards . \".
\"I should have posted this earlier. . . .
This will not happen again.
\"Then there was news that Mulan had not told the whole story yet.
On Wednesday, March 23, he admitted in an interview that he did not know the lighting problem until \"internal communication error.
\"There is no doubt that I should know earlier,\" he said . \".
Ironically, the 54-year-old Tramontozzi was named engineer of the year by the New England Division of the transport engineers Association in 2010.
He remained silent until one of his colleagues happened to learn about the honor.
In early March 2011, Tramontozzi was appointed acting chief executive of the highway division, when his predecessor resigned due to family illness.
By that time, the incident that led to his resignation had already begun.
Tramontozzi led the transportation department of Boston in the 1990 s and joined the State Highway Administration in 2007.
His salary is $120,000 a year and he plans to get $23,753.
State officials say unused leave time is 66 days.
Yesterday morning, Mulan and Patrick spoke to reporters outside the governor\'s office.
Mulan said there was \"complete communication disruption\" in his department \".
He admitted that he had played a role in that failure but said he would not resign.
Frank DePaola, MBTA\'s assistant general manager for design and construction, was selected as a replacement for Tramontozzi, he said.
At the same time, the cause of the fixture failure is still uncertain.
Each fixture contains two long fluorescent tubes packaged in an aluminum frame;
The frame is connected to another aluminum frame by a set of stainless steel clips, and the aluminum frame is again bolted to the concrete ceiling.
The falling light shows that the track of the aluminum frame is corroded under all 10 clips.
The other fixture has corrosion under 9 of 10 clips, although most fixtures have little or no corrosion.
State officials say about 3,000 of the clips for 230,000 fixed lights no longer hold anything because aluminum is corroded. Sean Murphy\'s email
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