Caltrans News Flash #221 - Apart in Person, Close in Spirit: Caltrans' 30th Annual Workers Memorial


District: Headquarters
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 919-3357

SACRAMENTO — Last week, Caltrans honored the lives of 189 highway workers who died keeping others safe at its 30th annual memorial near the Caltrans Workers Memorial Bridge (formerly known as the Bryte Bend Bridge).

This Caltrans News Flash shares the private memorial held in lieu of our traditional event on the west steps of the State Capitol. The pandemic kept us apart this year, but the tribute captured the spirit and dedication of our heroes. To remember the fallen workers who built and maintained the state's transportation system, Caltrans placed 189 orange traffic cones bearing the name of every worker lost since 1921 configured in a diamond shape to symbolize a highway caution sign. A single black cone at the center of this formation signifies all workers lost on the state highway system, including private contractors and CHP officers.

Please join us in remembering our fallen workers.

Caltrans News Flash #221

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