Caltrans to Honor 184 Fallen Highway Workers at 26th Annual Workers Memorial


caltransSACRAMENTO – The Caltrans’ 26th Annual Workers Memorial will be held to honor 184 Caltrans employees who have lost their lives on the job since 1921. After more than two years without a Caltrans fatality, Oscar Vargas, 54, a 29-year Caltrans veteran, died on July 14, 2015 when he lost control of his truck while working a nighttime project along Interstate 8 in Imperial County.

Brian Kelly, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency,  Malcolm Dougherty, Director, California Department of Transportation, Senator Jim Beall, Chair, Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Chair, Assembly Transportation Committee will attend to honor those lost.

Quinton Baker, the second recipient of Caltrans’ Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship and the son of Shawn Baker, who was killed in a rock slide in Siskiyou County in 2013 Caltrans employees and families of fallen workers.

The Memorial will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 11 a.m. at the West steps of the California State Capitol, in Sacramento, CA.

Caltrans Honor Guard; Diamond visual with 184 traffic cones, each representing a fallen worker; Traveling National Work Zone Memorial; Caltrans vehicles struck by errant drivers while performing highway maintenance will be visible during memorial.

There will be reserved parking for TV crews on 10th Street and parking will be accessible via the Capitol Mall Circle.