Siraxus, New York (WSYR-TV) – Governor Kathy Hochul on Sunday unveiled a new monument to New York State Highway workers at the Greater New York State Fair.
The monument is located in the garden area, near the Midway entrance to the orchard, and to the west.
It honors all transportation workers killed on or near New York’s thousands of miles of highways, including State Department and Road Authority staff, municipal highway staff, contractors, consultants, and towing staff.
“This commemoration honors the hardworking residents of New York who have put their personal safety online to build our bridges, repair our roads, and protect our infrastructure,” said Governor Hochul. “This will be a lasting tribute to all who lost their lives in the line of duty, and these dedicated workers will keep our roads and bridges safe every day. We all owe a debt of gratitude. ”
According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2003 and 2017, 1,844 workers lost their lives in road construction across the United States, with an average of 123 deaths per year.
The Department of Transportation lost 56 employees during the constitution.
The monument, surrounded by four bronze traffic cones, includes a bronze sculpture with shovels, strong hats, and boots.
It has sidewalks and seats paved with reverence, and shrubs and trees are planted around the center and outside the memorial.