Memorial honors those killed in work zones

April 10, 2009 11:04:26 AM PDT
TxDOT has unveiled a memorial honoring Houston district employees killed in work zone incidents since the 1950s. It comes as the agency observes Work Zone Awareness Week. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The memorial is a solemn reminder of just how dangerous construction work can be for Texas Department of Transportation workers.

The memorial, which is located near the Katy Freeway and Washington, bears the name of each Houston-area TxDOT worker killed in a construction accident since 1951.

There are 24 names altogether. The most recent is from August of last year.

That's when David Hall, Jr. was killed as he worked near Interstate 45 in southeast Houston. On Friday, his widow was there to help unveil the memorial and wants drivers to hear her plea as someone who has lost their life partner.

"Just be cautious when you see TxDOT workers out there working," said Margaret Hall. "Pay attention to them. Respect their life."

TxDOT says in our state, nearly 150 people are killed every year in highway construction and maintenance zones. The most common causes are simply speeding and inattention. If that doesn't motivate you to slow down and pay attention, the DPS say traffic fines are often doubled in work zones.

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