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Fallen MnDot workers honored

MnDOT is participating in worker memorial day by honoring those who've lost their lives while working on roads.

Posted: Apr. 26, 2018 10:26 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- We honor police officers, fire fighters and first responders but we rarely take a look at how dangerous transportation workers jobs are. To recognize the dangers of the job, The Minnesota Department of Transportation is participating in the state proclaimed Worker Memorial Day.

Many of the workers who fix our roads were thanked for their dedication to the job during a ceremony today. Those at MnDot said there are many hazards that come along with the work but distracted driving can quickly turn a day at work into a tragedy. To hit bring that message they told the workers about John Biever. He was killed while working on a bridge in 1962.

His granddaughter, Dawn Lowery describe how he was,
“He was a very proud state highway worker”

Decades after her grandfathers death, she’s now speaking on his behalf of the many workers who were added to the memorial list.

“It eases the tragedy of his lost to know that 56 years after his death he is still remembered,” said Lowery.

Since 1960, MnDot reports that 35 workers have lost their lives while working on state highways. MnDot also wants to remind drivers to pay close attention to road signs as construction season begins... meaning more workers will be putting themselves in danger.

Another part of the MnDot Memorial interstate 35-W bridge in Minneapolis will be lit orange from April 28th-30th.

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