Officials unveil memorial dedicated to Michigan construction worker killed on I-94 – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT) — This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week and Michigan officials are unveiling a memorial dedicated to a Detroit Metro construction worker who was killed on the job.

Zach Morisette was killed nearly two years ago along Interstate 94 and Nine Mile Road in St. Clair Shores.

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The memorial, which is a picnic table with his face engraved on it, is meant to bring peace to those he worked with,

Michigan officials warn drivers to slow down, follow work zone signs and avoid distracted driving.

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According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, in 2020:

  • 4,035 work area accidents.
  • 11 fatal accidents in the work area.
  • 14 deaths in the work area.
  • 1,050 injured in the work area.

Officials say the highest number of work zone accidents have occurred when lanes are closed. Also, the second and third highest number of accidents occurred when there is work on shoulder and lane changes.

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