Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

April 28, 2017

MnDOT offers fallen transportation workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will honor transportation workers who have been killed or injured on the job as part of a national Worker Memorial Day observance on Friday, April 28.

In recognition of the high price transportation workers have paid in the construction and maintenance of the state’s transportation system, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed April 28, 2017 as Worker Memorial Day in Minnesota. 

“With more than 200 construction work zones underway this year, we have hundreds of men and women on the road working to improve our roads and bridges and make them safer for everybody,” said Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “We all need to do our part so all of our workers return safely to their families at the end of the day.”

Since 1960, 34 MnDOT workers and 15 contractors have lost their lives while working on Minnesota highways.

In recognition of Worker Memorial Day, the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis will be lit orange on April 28 to remember the workers who lost their lives while working on Minnesota’s highways.

Earlier in the week, MnDOT, in conjunction with the local unions, held special events in Mankato and Rochester to honor workers killed or injured on the job.

“We will continue to work for the safety of our employees, our contractors, the traveling public and all our transportation partners,” said Zelle.

MnDOT reminds the public that motorists and passengers suffer the vast majority of work zone deaths and injuries and urges them to follow these recommendations in work zones:
•     Stay alert; work zones constantly change with lane shifts, closures and moving workers and vehicles
•     Watch for signs, equipment and workers
•     Minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking
•     Avoid tailgating
•     Follow posted speed limits and directional signs
•     Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times

Motorists should check www.511mn.org for detours and delays.

Visit the MnDOT Worker Memorial website, www.mndot.gov/workermemorial to view the proclamation and to learn more about the permanent worker memorial at MnDOT’s Central Office, 395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul.