WSDOT's Terry Linder talks about being hit while working on the roadway.
Aimee Rhynalds Sherrill speaks about her father Billy "Bud" Rhynalds who died in 2011.
The Washington State Department of Transportation joins roadway and utility workers across the state, who work just feet from moving traffic, in asking drivers to remember that simple rule and to slow down when they see those bright orange cones.
Each spring, as construction and maintenance work increases, WSDOT asks members of the media and the public to Go Orange for Work Zone Safety during National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, April 23-27.
WSDOT hosted its annual Worker Memorial on April 25. Special guest Terry Linder, a 25-year WSDOT employee, will shared his experience of being injured while working on the road. In August 2011, a vehicle struck Linder while he was working on a traffic signal on Camano Island.
“There are men and women like Terry working all over our state. He was just doing his job, and now his life is changed forever,” said state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. “Let’s all work together to make sure every road worker gets home safe every night.”
Since 1950, 59 Washington State Department of Transportation employees have lost their lives in work zone-related activities.