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WSDOT honors fallen workers at March 22 memorial


March 21, 2011

OLYMPIA – The 2011 Worker Memorial is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, to honor Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) workers who have lost their lives in work zone-related activities.

This year’s event includes a special tribute to WSDOT worker Billy “Bud” Rhynalds, who was killed on Highway 203 south of Carnation, in January. His family will receive a special presentation and his coworkers will unveil a plaque in his honor at the WSDOT headquarters building.

Since 1950, 59 WSDOT employees have lost their lives in work zone-related activities. WSDOT hosts a Worker Memorial each year to honor its fallen workers, recognize all roadway workers and remind everyone about the importance of work zone safety.

Representatives from local and national transportation groups, along with roadway partners from law enforcement and the contracting community will be available for interviews.

WSDOT will also be participating in National Work Zone Awareness Week and encourages all to Go Orange for Work Zone Safety April 4-8. This national event encourages everyone to pay attention in work zones and help save lives. More information is at

2011 Worker Memorial

When: 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 22.

Where: WSDOT headquarters in Olympia, 310 Maple Park Avenue S.E. All visitors and media will check in at the reception desk on the first floor.

Visuals: WSDOT is proud to host the National Work Zone Memorial Wall, listing the names of those killed on America’s roadways. WSDOT worker Neal Richards was added this year, and Billy “Bud” Rhynalds will be added for 2012. Family members of Rhynalds and Richards will be present for the event, with WSDOT unveiling its own tribute to Rhynalds. Orange cones, listing all WSDOT employees lost will line the WSDOT building.

Directions: From I-5 use exit 105A toward Washington State Capitol. Turn left at Jefferson Street S.E. Turn right at Maple Park Avenue S.E./Maple Park Drive S.E. Parking is available in the Plaza Garage.


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