Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Tuesday appointed Jeffrey Mullan as secretary and chief executive officer of the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation, which will begin overseeing most of the state’s surface transportation systems on Nov. 1.

Mullan is the current executive director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. At the end of October, MassPike will cease to exist. Its operations, along with those of the current Department of Highways and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, will merge under the new MassDOT umbrella.

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