California Department of Transportation District 11 & San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Tuesday, May 7, 2012

Contact: Public Information Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Media Advisory

Caltrans Highway Workers Memorial Day - Brawley


Officials from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the California Highway Patrol, and Associated General Contractors.


Caltrans and its partners will pay tribute to the men and women highway workers who have died in the line of duty during its annual Highway Workers Memorial Day.


Wednesday, May 8 at 8:30 a.m.


Caltrans Brawley Maintenance Yard
200 South Palm Ave, Brawley, CA


This event will feature a memorial display of 180 orange highway cones to signify each of the Caltrans workers killed statewide since 1924. This year’s ceremony will include 15 cones signifying Caltrans employees who lost their lives while working along highways in San Diego and Imperial counties. Featured speakers include Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman, Caltrans Division Chief of Maintenance Tony Tavares, Caltrans Deputy District Director of Construction Mike McManus, Caltrans District Division Chief of Maintenance Everett Townsend, California Highway Patrol Captain Ben Nocon, and Associated General Contractors San Diego President Jeff Turner. The event will also feature the annual employee “Reading of the Names.”

Highway workers who have been involved in close calls on the highways and a Spanish-speaking spokesperson will be available for interviews.  Refreshments will be provided by the California Transportation Foundation and the Caltrans District 11 Employees Committee.

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