Toward Zero Names

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 1,186 in 2002 to 609 in 2012. 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 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 Memorial hosting fee is $1,500.

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.Name submissions are accepted names through December 12, 2014 to be included on the National Work Zone Memorial Exhibition in 2015.

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

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National Work Zone Memorial

Sept. 13, 2013 – Work zone crash memorial displayed on Ohio Turnpike… Read More

Aug 20, 2013 - Illinois Department of Transportation officials, the Illinois State Police, and other safety partners teamed up to honor workers who have lost their lives in work zones at the 2013 Illinois State Fair. Click here to view the video.

"Wall" Unveiling Used to Promote Work Zone Safety.

A wall memorializing the names of those killed in work zone accidents across the United States will be at the Illinois State Fair through Sunday, and traffic safety officials used Monday’s unveiling to emphasize safe driving in work zones...
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