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ARTBA Updates State-By-State Report

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is closely monitoring the status of transportation construction projects across the country in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. 

It is consulting with affiliated chapters and members on a continual basis. Several chapters have shared status reports and are allowing ARTBA to share excerpts in this document. The information below also reflects reports made through the Council of State Executives, as well as direct contacts and news stories. Some public agencies have provided updates to ARTBA directly. 

The information is current as of today, March 24, 2020. The situation is very dynamic and constantly changing. We will continue to post information on our website.

 

Arkansas

AGC Arkansas (3/20/20) - ARDOT has not shut down any projects. The department has not closed. It is encouraging/allowing employees to work from home when appropriate. ARDOT employees on projects have been instructed to utilize social distancing practices when needed. The department has seen no disruptions of payments to contractors, inspections or supply chains to this point, but recognizes that could become a possibility. ARDOT is utilizing E-Construction and E-Bidding which will help minimize risk related to COVID-19. 

(3/20/20) – From an ARDOT memo… 

“Effective immediately, the restrictions recommended by Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for work environments will be given consideration as an adverse working condition… for the purpose of charging time on working day projects and fixed date projects, and for determining time impact analysis for calendar day projects using Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules.

“Resident Engineers will consider the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in assessing time charges on all projects…”

Illinois

Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Association (3/20/20) – 

Governor Declares Transportation Industry Essential 

Governor J.B. Pritzker has just announced a “Stay at Home” Executive Order for the residents of the State of Illinois. The order will be effective March 21 through April 7, 2020. This order specifically provides that the transportation industry is “essential.” This means that your firms and employees will continue to work on IDOT and Tollway projects. "Roads, bridges, and transit will not be closing down," Gov. Pritzker said in his address today, Friday, March 20, upon issuance of the order. 

Despite other travel restrictions under the "Stay at Home" order, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to offer, provision, operate, maintain, and repair “essential infrastructure.” Essential infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation. 

I have been in constant contact with IDOT and Tollway officials, who have confirmed their commitment to keep work going. I have assured agency leaders that industry is committed to keeping work going, and that every IRTBA member has implemented health and safety protocols to ensure the safety of their workforce and the general public. I am very grateful to Governor Pritzker, Secretary Osman, and Director Alvarez for their recognition of the importance of the transportation industry to the health, safety, and economy of Illinois… 

Michael J. Sturino

President & CEO

 

(3/20/20) – IDOT has advised that they will be sending out messages to all IDOT districts to not require signatures from the drivers on tickets. IDOT has advised that they will also allow the residents to work with contractors to establish drop boxes or another alternative for delivery of forms, material inspections, tickets, etc. Obviously, there is not a "one size fits all" answer, but the resident engineer can work out logistics as necessary. All that said, IDOT does have to manage tickets appropriately to adequately document delivery. 

(3/16/20)  

“Major Agency Work to Proceed”

“IRTBA leadership has been in close consultation with officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Tollway, and the Chicago Department of Transportation concerning the impact COVID-19 may have on the transportation construction and design industry. All three agencies currently have no plans to stop or curtail work. The agencies have business continuity plans that will, at this time, ensure timely processing of paperwork – including payment requests. 

“IRTBA members are reminded, however, that the situation remains fluid. Industry is also advised that due to the nature of the current situation, enhanced protocols should be employed by individual firms. These include increased hand washing and social distancing, and are further spelled out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

“As always, prime contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and consultants are encouraged to maintain a strong working relationship on every project and to regularly advise the owner of any significant COVID-19 matter in the event circumstances warrant. IRTBA member firms should utilize teleconferencing with their teams and owners when possible as opposed to in-person meetings. Firms are encouraged to consult with their legal counsel and HR professionals for further guidance on addressing the myriad of issues associated with the pandemic.”

Missouri

AGC of Missouri (3/22/20) – Additional message from MoDOT – excerpt…

  • The regularly scheduled bid opening for March 20 [took] place as planned. Future bid openings and award dates will be held according to the current schedule.
  • Payments to contractors and consultants will not be affected.
  • MoDOT staff will use the CDC guidelines concerning social distancing. Pre-bid and pre-construction conferences where several people are participating, as well as project public meetings, will be held virtually or postponed. Small group interactions regarding project design or construction should employ social distancing guidelines.
  • Contract inspection and administration and consultant and professional services activities will move forward but will be conducted virtually or adhere to social distancing guidelines for interactions.
  • If specific circumstances for a contractor or consultant arise related to workforce availability, we will work with the company to find a suitable resolution.

 

(3/20/20) From MoDOT… 

“A message to our business partners: At MoDOT, we continue to evaluate the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting our operations. We have a Continuity of Operation Plan in place that is designed to keep critical functions going…

MoDOT Operations – MoDOT is a provider of critical services to the public and as such we have plans to continue essential operations. At this time, we are continuing the design and construction of the state's road and bridge projects. In addition, because we have electronic processing, we intend to proceed with future bid openings. 

Providing Support – Several MoDOT facilities are being used to house and distribute critical supplies. MoDOT staff will be helping with distribution of these supplies as needed.

 “MoDOT Facilities – To date, all MoDOT facilities remain open. However, in an effort to avoid spreading the coronavirus, or COVID-19, we are taking every precaution to limit in-person contacts, while still maintaining a high level of customer service. In addition, we have strongly encouraged those employees who can to telework, so many of our buildings are fairly sparsely populated. Please feel free to call our toll-free number – 1-888-275-6636 – for any business you have with MoDOT. Thank you for understanding!

 “Interactions with the Public – MoDOT’s Customer Service Call Centers will remain open for the public to report problems on roads and bridges as well as to ask questions…

“All in-person public hearings, information meetings and stakeholder meetings are postponed, or will be conducted online – with associated hard-copy information available at MoDOT District Offices… 

“Business Conducted by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission – For the foreseeable future, the monthly meetings of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will be conducted electronically, starting with the April 1 meeting.”

 

 

The Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is a non-partisan federation whose primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel. You may learn more about ARTBA by visiting www.ARTBA.org.

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