San Juan River Bridge renamed to honor fallen hero

A picturesque little bridge crossing the San Juan River at Mexican Hat has been renamed to honor a fallen local war hero.
The Jason R. Workman Memorial Bridge is the new name of the bridge on Highway 163. The name was official on March 18, after Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed the bill.
Chief Petty Officer First Class Workman, a Special Forces officer who was a member of the elite Seal Team Six, was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, along with more than 30 members of his team who were killed that day.
Workman, the son of Betty and Rodney Workman, is a 1997 graduate of San Juan High School in Blanding. He was 31 years old when he was killed. He left behind a wife and son.
The Utah Department of Transportation is expected to place a sign at the bridge in coming months. The sign will give the name of the bridge and provide information about Workman.
The legislation to rename the bridge was sponsored by Utah Senator David Hinkins and Representative Brad King. It was approved by the Utah House and Senate by a 95-0 vote and signed by Governor Herbert.

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