Oklahoma Transportation Department honors workers killed on the job

Workers killed on job honored with named stretches of Oklahoma highways.
by Bryan Painter Published: May 26, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Transportation workers

House Bill 2474, signed in 2008 by then-Gov. Brad Henry, stated:

“Any highway worker killed while working on a section of highway after the effective date of this act shall have that mile of road named in honor of their memory.”

The previous year, the Transportation Department had placed nine Work Zone memorials throughout Oklahoma — one in each field division and one at the agency's central headquarters in Oklahoma City — to honor employees killed in the line of duty.

Transportation Department workers killed since House Bill 2474 became law:

Ira Henderson

On Nov. 30, 2011, Ira Henderson, transportation equipment operator with Washington County Maintenance, was struck by a speeding car while working with his crew on U.S. 75 just north of Ramona.

Henderson was 42 and had been with the department since July 2011. He lived with his wife, Lisa, in Bartlesville.

The Ira Lee Henderson Memorial Highway is on U.S. 75 between 3300 Road and 3200 Road, just north of Ramona. The signs were dedicated Sept. 25.

Tim Vandiver

On June 25, 2012, Tim Vandiver, superintendent of Checotah Interstate Maintenance, was hit while he was stopped on the side of the highway at the beginning of a work zone on eastbound Interstate 40, just east of Henryetta in Okmulgee County.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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