Memorials have become an icon of American culture - a touchstone that helps individuals deal with the inexpressible and to hopefully stir gratitude for the good that often results from the supreme sacrifice. Whether in the elegant granite face of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.,or through the spontaneous decoration of a roadside tribute, memorials have come to reflect grief, pride and humility in the shadow of a power far greater than ourselves.
Since the early days of our nation’s roadways, men, women and children have senselessly died in work zones. The number of deaths has decreased - from 868 in 1999 to 576 in 2010. The unseen faces and lives have, in many cases, been forgotten - until now.
Unveiled in April 2002, "The National Work Zone Memorial - Respect and Remembrance: Reflections of Life on the Road" program is a living tribute to their memory, traveling to communities cross-country year-round to raise public awareness of the need to respect and stay safe in America's roadway work zones.
A totally refurbished National Work Zone Memorial (pictured above) was unveiled in April 2006 in Washington, D.C. during the National Work Zone Awareness Week event.
The NWZ Memorial has visited many sites since its inception in 2002. The NWZ Memorial is available to anyone interested in increasing public awareness in roadway safety. The Foundation encourages ATSSA members, ATSSA chapters, and state DOTs to host the NWZ Memorial at your next event. To host the NWZ Memorial, please complete and submit the application below.
The Foundation is also seeking name submissions for the Memorial. If you would like to honor a colleague or loved one please complete and submit the name submission form below.
To see details of how to put up the Memorial, click here.