Caltrans News Release
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Contact: Caltrans Media Relations Officer Edward Cartagena, (619) 688-6670
Fallen Highway Workers Remembered At San Diego Memorial Ceremony
SAN DIEGO – Caltrans highway workers who lost their lives in the line of duty were honored in a memorial ceremony held this morning at the Caltrans District 11 Office Complex in San Diego.
Since 1921, 183 Caltrans highway workers, including 18 from District 11 (San Diego and Imperial counties), were killed in the course of their work to improve transportation and livability in California.
“We will remember them as being more than names on a symbolic orange cone,” said Caltrans District 11 Director Laurie Berman. “We will remember them as co-workers, friends, husbands, wives, grandparents, sons, daughters, uncles and aunts. Their impacts as human beings cannot be measured.”
A banner featuring children of Caltrans highway workers imploring drivers to “Be Work Zone Alert,” as part of the department’s newest highway worker safety campaign was unveiled at the ceremony.
Berman stressed the fact that highway safety is a shared responsibility. Workers “need to be acutely aware of (their) surroundings at all times and take appropriate measures,” she said. “Now, more than ever before, drivers are becoming increasingly more distracted on our highways.”
In addition to District Director Berman, speakers at the solemn ceremony included Caltrans Division Chief of Maintenance Tony Tavares, Caltrans Deputy District Director of Construction and Land Surveys Amer Bata, Caltrans District Division Chief of Maintenance Everett Townsend, and California Highway Patrol Chief Jim Abele.
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