TDOT dedicates highway worker memorial
The Tennessee Department of Transportation unveiled a memorial last month to honor highway workers who were killed while building the state’s transportation system. The black granite monument at the I-40 Welcome Center in Smith County lists the names of 106 workers who have died on duty since 1948, when worker fatalities were first documented. “This memorial serves as a permanent testament to their contributions to the state transportation system and is a reminder of the dangers all highway workers face each time they step onto the job,” Gov. Phil Bredesen said at the unveiling.