BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is encouraging safe driving behavior for Super Bowl weekend and helping to spread team spirit in recognition of the New England Patriots participation of the 52nd Super Bowl this Sunday, February 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“We certainly want the home team to do well and share everyone’s excitement about the big game, which is why we are lighting some infrastructure with red and blue,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, in a media release. “In addition, as people make plans to get together or perhaps travel to watch the game, we will use some message boards to remind the public to think about safety. Let’s all do our part to get ourselves and others home safe, designate a driver who has not been drinking and follow the rules of the road.”
The following MassDOT and MBTA infrastructure will be lit in the team colors of the Patriots:
- The Burns Bridge in Worcester will be lit in red, white and blue on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.
- The Zakim Bridge in Boston will be lit in red, white, and blue on Friday and Saturday night. (The bridge will be lit orange for World Cancer Day on Sunday as a result of a previous lighting request.)
- The Government Center MBTA Station and South Station will be lit in red, white and blue on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.
There will also be special text on portable message boards controlled by MassDOT which will encourage safe and sober driving during Super Bowl celebrations.
The text will read: “Don’t Get Sacked, Drive Sober Sunday,” “Do Your Job, Don’t Drink & Drive,” and “No Days Off, Always Wear Seatbelt.”
These messages will appear on select roadway message boards beginning at 7 a.m., Friday, February 2 and through the end of the day on Sunday, February 4.
In addition, the Registry for Motor Vehicles (RMV) reminds the public that it announced last September that a re-designed special New England Patriots license plate was available. The plate is a specialty plate which highlights the team’s five Super Bowl championships with the specific emblem of “5X Champions.”
Below the emblem are the numerals of each Super Bowl that the Patriots have won and a star to celebrate each championship. Registry customers can continue to purchase the license plate at state-wide RMV Service Centers or online at http://www.massrmv.com.
After paying a registration fee, a license plate holder will then pay a special plate renewal fee of $40 every two years.
Proceeds from this plate benefit the New England Patriots Foundation.