The funeral is being held today for a Tolland public works employee who was struck by a public works truck while patching potholes last week and town offices will be closed so employees can attend the services.
David Lee Ridzon, 50, of Willington, was patching potholes on Anderson Road last Thursday when a day of work turned tragic.
The public works department will be closed for the entire day.
More than 1,000 people were expected to attend the funeral and officials are warning of heavy congestion until 1 p.m. in the area of the Tolland Green, Old Post Road, Old Stafford Road, Tolland Stage Road and Merrow Road.
Avoid these areas if possible because the roads are subject to closure at times for the procession.
According to his obituary, Ridzon is a Tolland native and graduate of Rockville High School. He began working for the Tolland Highway Department after 15 years at Rex Lumber Co., based in South Windsor.
Ridzon leaves behind his wife of 23 years and two daughters ages 19 and 21.
"He was full of laughter, kindness, honesty and just pure love," his obituary says.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church on Virginia Lane in Tolland.