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:
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.
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.
Vandiver was 47 and had been with the department just short of 25 years. He lived with his wife, Angie, in Checotah.
The Tim Vandiver Memorial Highway is on I-40 between mile markers 241 and 242, just east of Henryetta. The highway signs were dedicated March 25.
On June 13, 2011, Terry Clubb, transportation inspector with Oklahoma City Construction Residency, was injured when a tractor-trailer delivering asphalt overturned as he was inspecting construction activities on the east end of the new I-40 Crosstown. He died the next day.
Clubb was 53 and had been with the department for 13 years, with earlier seasonal stints beginning in the late 1970s. He lived with his wife, Cyndie, in Harrah.
The family and the transportation department are in the process of selecting the final location to place the signs on I-40 for the Terry Clubb Memorial Highway.
Construction contractor employees killed recently in construction zones:
On March 27, 2013, Becco employee Patrick Boyle, 59, was killed inside a work zone on a city street project in Tulsa. Police say Boyle was setting traffic cones when he was struck by a vehicle.
and Jose Hernandez
On June 30, 2010, two workers were struck by a car and killed while working on the I-40 widening project just west of Yukon in Canadian County. Salvador Hernandez, 48, and his nephew, Jose Hernandez, 20, both worked for Duit Construction.