Minnesota Department of Transportation

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April 28, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

MnDOT commemorates Workers’ Memorial Day April 28

I-35W bridge in Minneapolis will glow orange tonight to honor fallen workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation will commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day with several events throughout the state today honoring workers who died on the job on MnDOT construction and maintenance projects.

Since 1960, 34 MnDOT employees and 15 private sector contractors have died while working on Minnesota highways.

Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed April 28, 2016 as Workers’ Memorial Day. In recognition of Workers’ Memorial Day, the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis will be lit orange.

Events on April 28 include:

  • Mankato – 8:45 a.m., MnDOT Mankato district headquarters, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato
  • Rochester –  9 a.m., MnDOT Rochester maintenance facility, 2900 48th St. NW, Rochester
  • Central Office – Day-long silent commemoration, 395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul
  • Metro District – Day-long silent commemoration, 1500 West County Road B-2, Roseville

“Recognizing the men and women who have lost their lives while working on Minnesota’s highways is an important reminder for motorists as crews are again busy on more than 240 construction projects statewide,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “We want all of our workers to safely return to their families at the end of each day.”

MnDOT reminds the public that motorists suffer the vast majority of work zone deaths and injuries. In 2015, there were 1,684 crashes in Minnesota work zones; 10 motorists died as a result of those crashes.

MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones:

  • Stay alert
  • 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
  • Stay in one lane while driving through a work zone

Visit www.mndot.gov/workermemorial/ to learn more about the permanent worker memorial located at MnDOT’s Central Office in St. Paul.