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
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
To see details of how to put up the Memorial, click here.