Milliken family fights to keep roadside memorial standing

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Roadside memorial

MILLIKEN, Colo. — A Weld county family is desperate for help to keep a roadside memorial standing after learning the county will require the monument removed for safety.

In 2012, the Rodriguez family of Milliken setup a memorial on WCR 46 1/2, a small two-lane road outside of town.

The family contacted FOX31 Denver for answers after learning the memorial violates county road safety standards and will have to be removed entirely from the side of the road.

“We’re trying to be very sensitive to their loss,” said Weld County Commissioner Bill Garcia Wednesday.

The memorial is dedicated to 19-year-old Ramiro Rodriguez, who died after falling asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle.

“He was nice to everybody, he’s just missed a lot,” said one family in an interview with FOX31 Denver.

Weld County offered to replace the religious memorial with a personalized memorial sign for the side of the road at no cost to the family.

A spokesperson for the Rodriguez said they are considering legal action to help keep the memorial standing.

1 Comment

  • cssidenver

    One can understand their sadness and their wish to commemorate their loved one. They should do something other than in a public right of way. Those are our rules and while one can understand their wishes it is still a public right of way.

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