The official Minnesota state proclamation may have fallen on Sunday, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation is participating in Worker Memorial Day observances on Monday, April 29.  The recognition is to honor transportation workers who were killed or injured on the job - in the line of duty.

According to information released by MNDOT, 35 state road crew employees and 15 contractors have lost their lives while working on Minnesota highways since 1960.

As part of the observance, the Interstate 35-W Bridge in downtown Minneapolis will be lit orange - to symbolize the orange cones that dot road work zones - on April 29.  In addition, MNDOT will hold special events at three different locations - in conjunction with local unions.  Those events will happen on April 29 at the following locations:

  • 8:45 AM - Mankato - 2151 Bassett Drive
  • 9:00 AM - Rochester - 2900 48th Street NW
  • 1:00 PM - Roseville - at the Water's Edge Building - 1500 West County Road B2

In addition, the St. Paul headquarters of the Minnesota Department of Transportation will include displays throughout the building on Monday, April 29.

MNDOT offers the following reminders to drivers to follow while they are in Work Zones:

  • Stay alert
  • Watch for signs
  • Minimize distractions
  • Avoid tailgating
  • Follow posted speed limits and directional signs
  • Be patient
  • Expect delays
  • Avoid lane changes