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ARTBA Updates State-By-State Report as of April 24

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, April 24, 2020. The situation is very dynamic and constantly changing. We will continue to post information on our website.

 

Arkansas

AGC Arkansas (4/14/20) – Arkansas DOT and the industry has issued Joint Workforce Health and Safety Plan for COVID-19. Excerpts…

“The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) and the Construction Industry expect all parties involved in the delivery of our transportation projects to abide by the guidelines issued from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).

“All partners should consider restricted travel, practice social distancing when having meetings in any enclosed areas, limit the number of people gathering together in the field offices and on the project site and institute CDC recommended policies to help avoid the spread of COVID-19…

“All Parties agree to the requirements of this plan in order to keep working on any construction project. If an individual partner does not agree to the requirements above, they should advise all other parties. Disregard of the best practices identified above could result in a disruption of the project and/or removal of personnel found endangering other parties as determined by an ARDOT representative and the Prime Contractor.”

The safety protocols for project sites include the following categories: Employee Wellness, Hygiene, Cleaning/Disinfecting, General Safety Measures and Return to Work.

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 (4/24/20) –

Masks Required on Job Sites in Cases Where Social Distancing Not Possible

Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a new Executive Order Thursday [4/23], which will require all essential businesses and manufacturers, including the transportation construction and design industries, to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing. The Executive Order also requires workers in the field to follow new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers. This will include occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers. As with all safety regulations, companies will be responsible for enforcing employees to wear masks and ensuring that they follow social distancing requirements.

(4/24/20) Workers' Comp Emergency Rule On Hold

A business coalition, supported by the IRTBA, filed suit against the Workers’ Compensation Commission for its recently issued emergency rule. The amendment would fundamentally alter a rule of evidence by shifting the burden of proof, creating a rebuttal presumption that an employee who contracted COVID-19 did so on the job, making the illness a compensation injury. The rule should have been handled through the legislative branch, but the legislative body required to enact such substantive changes, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), cancelled its hearing on the matter earlier this week. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, sought a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting enforcement of the rule. Sangamon County Judge John M. Madonia, granted the TRO Thursday afternoon.

(4/24/20) – Illinois Tollway Supporting Small Businesses Impacted By Coronavirus

The Illinois Tollway continues to provide critical assistance to small, diverse, and veteran-owned businesses during this unprecedented time. Through the Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program, companies receive comprehensive, customized business development assistance for increased business stability and growth in the transportation-related construction industry. Services include education, guidance, and feedback on general business and construction-specific operations, including strategic planning and assistance with Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) or Capital Development Board (CDB) pre-qualification applications. While closely following state guidelines for social distancing, the Tollway's providers use the latest secure technology applications (as well as traditional methods) to communicate with new and existing clients. With a host of assistance programs available for eligible businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, our program providers are helping clients complete applications and receive assistance as fast as possible. Connecting with the right Technical Assistance Program provider has never been of more value.

(4/17/20) – The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission this week established emergency rules that would create a rebuttable presumption that certain workers, including transportation construction workers, contracted COVID-19 on the job, allowing them to receive workers compensation benefits. This would apply even if the employee ultimately tested negative for coronavirus. While the IRTBA is sympathetic to first responders, health care workers, and retail clerks, including transportation construction workers in this order is misplaced. Interaction with the public is non-existent, work is not enclosed, social distancing is the norm, and enhanced safety protocols have been enacted to protect the transportation workforce. A number of business groups, including the IRTBA, are challenging the legality of this rule-making on a number of grounds. The most significant legal shortcoming for this emergency rule is that this type of rule is properly in the province of the legislature. Stay tuned for updates as this issue progresses.

(4/17/20) – The IRTBA team has been keeping its eye on municipal government compliance with the Safe Roads Amendment and the Transportation Funding Protection Act (TFPA) following reports that some locals have indicated they intend to divert Motor Fuel Tax funds to their General Revenue coffers. The IRTBA has been in contact with several municipalities to ensure that the TFPA and Safe Roads Constitutional Amendment is adhered to regardless of current financial stresses. The Illinois Supreme Court has forcefully declared that the adherence to the constitution is inviolable, no matter what outside pressures may be. “Crisis is not an excuse to abandon the rule of law. It is a summons to defend it. How we respond is the measure of our commitment to the principles of justice we are sworn to uphold.” In re Pension Reform Litigation (Heaton v. Quinn), 2015 IL 118585, ¶87. Members are encouraged to contact the IRTBA with any information that a unit of government is, or is contemplating, violating the TFPA and the Safe Roads Constitutional Amendment, or the "transportation lockbox," as it's more often referred to by industry.

(4/17/20) – Due to the ongoing pandemic, both IDOT and the Tollway will be allowing electronically-submitted material delivery tickets. IDOT has advised that contractors must request the use of e-ticketing and they will be required to provide the solution, working in consultation with project residents.

The Tollway has informed industry that while not required, contractors and producers will be encouraged to utilize measures that reduce contact between individuals, which includes e-ticketing. The Tollway is finalizing guidelines for alternate acceptance procedures of material delivery tickets, which will be issued in the coming days and also available in next week's Friday Facts.

(4/17/20) – The CREATE Program partners remain committed to encouraging Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation in upcoming design and construction contracts for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (75th St. CIP). Given precautions regarding COVID-19, the CREATE partners have suspended in-person meetings, including business-to-business networking events, until further notice and will implement steps to ensure DBE participation in contracting opportunities through web conference, conference calls or other remote meeting support to continue to move the project forward.

(4/13/20) – From the Daily Herald…

Tollway losing millions with traffic drop, but not ready to curtail construction

The reprieve in I-PASS charges is perversely welcome yet disturbing, reflecting a free-fall in traffic since the state issued a stay-at-home order March 20 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Passenger car traffic on toll roads went off the cliff, which means the agency is losing millions in revenues every week.

"During the two weeks of activity on our roadways under the stay-at-home order, estimates indicate passenger volume was over 55% lower than forecast, and commercial traffic was 9% lower than forecast," tollway spokesman Dan Rozek said.

So what will that mean for the agency's $1.46 billion road work program in 2020? The agenda includes $446.9 million toward widening the Central Tri-State Tollway and $559.6 million for planning and extending I-390 (formerly the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway) east.

"Clearly we are experiencing significant impacts to revenues based solely on the traffic declines; however, it is too soon to report that revenue impacts will substantially impact project schedules," Rozek said.

"At this time our position will allow the tollway to pursue all of its planned construction projects for 2020. That said, as circumstances evolve we will continue to reevaluate our short- and long-term capital expenditures."

What does a 55% drop in toll transactions from passenger vehicles equal in dollars?

In the first three months of 2019, for comparison, the tollway received about $336 million from cars and trucks.

In Transit pulled out the calculator, dove into the tollway's 126-page annual financial report and surfaced five hours later with an estimate of about $16 million in lost tolls over two weeks from passenger traffic.

Tollway officials would not comment on the estimate.

(4/10/20) – IDOT Holiday Memo – SUSPENDED: IDOT will not be sending out a holiday memo because of the reduced traffic volumes. However, the lane restrictions are still in the contracts. Contractors who choose to work will have to request lane closures over the weekend. Each district will make the decision as whether to ease the lane restrictions on a project-by-project basis. The holiday memo would have applied to work over the Easter holiday weekend.

CDOT Best Practices: In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of every person on an active Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) construction project, CDOT has issued recommended best practices to implement in accordance with CDC guidelines and guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health.

“Recognizing these best practices are now an integral part of job site safety, daily toolbox safety talks should incorporate these guidelines and their implementation. These daily briefings should be happening with every member of the onsite workforce. The importance of these measures for the safety of the workforce and their families cannot be overstated.”

Working Remotely to Keep Your Operations Going?: The Illinois Technology Transfer Center (IL-LTAP/T2) understands that the COVID-19 outbreak has complicated the work that industry does. In response to COVID-19, IL-LTAP/T2 is working to provide digital resources to help industry with day-to-day operations. A series of online training and videos have been posted to help support the work you're doing remotely. There is NO FEE for these courses…

(4/3/20) Contractors should reiterate that they are continuing to practice social distancing to both personal and site sanitation to prevent community spread, and it is expected that all authorized visitors to the site respect these practices.

Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Association (4/1/20) –

Keep Work Going: Do Your Part

There have been an increasing number of public reports of unsafe practices on construction job sites. If these reports are valid, not only does this jeopardize the health of the workforce and the general public, it can also lead to dire outcomes for the entire industry. Contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers must all do their part to ensure a safe work environment. The industry must police itself or face potentially devastating consequences. As the IRTBA is working to reassure agencies, the media, and elected officials that enhanced safety practices are in place to keep work going, a few public examples of unsafe practices could result in stopping work throughout the industry.

There have been reports of citizens videotaping work zones, and these examples have been raised as high as to the Governor himself. Please do your part and make sure your workers, subcontractors, and job sites are as safe as can be and all safety precautions are being followed. Enforce social distancing and refer to the IRTBA publication on Best Practices for Construction during the COVID-19 crisis.

(3/29/30) – From Gov. Pritzker’s press conference…

Q: Why haven’t construction projects been halted? Some are complaining that they are working too close together on the sites…

A: Well, it’s certainly up to the companies that are doing the construction to make sure that people are social distancing that are working there. There should be an opportunity at most construction sites to do that. But to the extent that they’re not able to, that is a concern certainly for me and it should be for the owners of the companies that people are operating those construction sites. So anybody that is concerned about that certainly should be reporting that to the Department of Public Health or letting my administration know, because there is, remember that much of what is being done is essential work that’s been determined at least as essential under our order and we don’t want anybody to be at risk but but we also want to make sure that we’re, you know, continuing the necessary work across the state. So please, anybody that’s experiencing that should let us know.

(3/27/20) – IDOT has… adjusted its pre-qualification procedures. Ratings set to expire March 31 through July 30, 2020 will be extended through July 31, 2020. Firms that are currently prequalified will be allowed to bid on the April, June, and July lettings. Contractors must still submit a Request for Authorization to Bid (BDE 124) and the Affidavit of Availability (BC 57) in order to bid on the IDOT letting as usual.

(3/27/20) – Memo from Tim Kell, Engineer of Construction, IDOT… “Recognizing the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Illinois Department of Transportation construction projects, the following guidance will be utilized in the event of project delays caused directly by the pandemic:

 • Prime Contractors forced to suspend construction activity due to the COVID-19 virus impacting their work force or supply of materials should follow the provisions of Article 108.08 of the Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction and notify the Department of any such delay in writing and request an extension of contract time if necessary and appropriate.

Any request submitted by the Contractor relating to COVID-19 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will be considered a non-compensable delay per Article 108.08 Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction.

“The intent of the department is to continue the highway construction program while working with our contractors to help minimize the spread of this virus. If completion dates need to be extended or the charging of working days need to be suspended, the department will work with all parties to ensure adequate time adjustments.”

(3/27/20) – From Chicago Tribune, “Jackson Boulevard Bridge will close for two years…”

“Road construction has been one part of daily life that has not changed much because of coronavirus concerns. CDOT, IDOT and the Tollway all report that they are going forward with planned projects.

“The work takes place outside, and most construction workers are not in proximity to each other,” noted Maria Castaneda, spokeswoman for IDOT.

“The Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, a trade group, is recommending best practices for workers, including encouraging workers to stay home if they are sick and not sharing personal protective equipment like gloves.

“Association CEO and President Michael Sturino said that road construction is actually a ‘silver lining’ for the battered economy, since it keeps people employed and construction can be easier to do in light traffic. The association is talking with IDOT, CDOT and the Tollway about possibly speeding up construction on highway and bridgework ‘where it makes sense.’”

(3/24/20) – IRTBA and its industry partners have issued “COVID-19 Recommended Best Practices for Highway Construction Worksites (Jobsite/Office/Material Production Site).” Subject areas include:

· Communicate key Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and worksite procedures to staff, tradespeople, inspectors, and vendors.

· All employees/vendors should be asked COVID-19 screening questions prior to entering the worksite. If they answer “yes” to any, they should be asked to leave the worksite immediately.

· Manage sick employees to ensure any illness is not spread to other workers. · Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

· Tools, Supplies, Equipment

· Documentation/Weight Tickets

· Social Distancing

· Promote good hygiene.

 

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

(4/19/20) – From the News Tribune

MoDOT cuts April bids, anticipating less gas tax revenue

Fewer people are driving on Missouri roads amid stay-at-home orders, and the state is already cutting back planned construction projects as it expects its primary source of road funding to take a major hit.

More people are staying home and driving less, with the Missouri Department of Transportation reporting highway traffic is down about 35 percent from February.

The average price of gasoline in Missouri is down more than $1 a gallon compared to last April and almost 75 cents since late February, according to GasBuddy.

MoDOT hasn't seen the effect on gas tax revenue yet, but it's planning for a significant decline in what amounts to almost half of all state funds the department receives. User fees, including the gas tax and license and registration fees, account for almost 99 percent of MoDOT's state funds.

"We're taking a measured approach to what we're putting out on the street because we know there's an issue," MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger said. "We don't know how big the issue is, we don't know how long it's going to last, but what we do know is traffic volumes around the state are down 35 percent, so we can do the math and say that's going to have an impact."

So far, the department has pushed back bidding on five projects that were expected to cost more than $8 million in state funds and almost $45 million overall. One project the department planned to bid out this month was delayed in each of Kansas City and St. Louis, two in the Springfield area, and one covering five cities in southeast Missouri:

  • Pavement repair on various interstates in the Kansas City area — $1 million estimated total cost, including $100,000 in state funds, according to the transportation improvement plan.
  • Pavement resurfacing, new signals and pedestrian upgrades on 3.6 miles of Missouri 180 from Interstate 170 to St. Louis city limits — $17.3 million total, $3 million state.
  • Pavement resurfacing on U.S. 60 from east of Glenstone Avenue to Highland Springs Boulevard, east of Springfield — $758,000 total, $134,000 state.
  • Adding lanes to the James River Freeway, improving ramps from National Avenue to Missouri 65, and reconfiguring the interchange at Business Loop 65 in Springfield — $23.7 million total, $4.4 million state.
  • Pedestrian upgrades for ADA transition in various locations in Bertrand, East Prairie, Charleston, Dexter and Malden — $1.9 million total, $389,000 state.

MoDOT prioritized projects that are important for safety, including bridge repairs and repaving, to choose which projects to push out. It's not clear when they'll be bid out, and that will depend on how much money is available. It could be a few months or a year, Hassinger said.

The 16 projects still being bid out this month would be scheduled for construction late this year and early next year. Two are in Central Missouri: fiberoptic cable connections in several places in Columbia and replacing the deck on the Route EE bridge over Prairie Creek in Howard County, just west of the Boone County line. No projects in Central Missouri were delayed for letting this month.

While the department will see a drop in funding, Hassinger said, projects that have already been bid out shouldn't cost the state more than expected. The state's costs are set in the contracts, and contractors take on the risk that materials and equipment could cost more than they projected in their bids. So far, contractors haven't reported major issues with costs, he said.

Contracts do have contingencies for "unforeseen events," including epidemics, that let the department extend the timeline for a project to be completed but doesn't change how much the contractor is paid overall, Hassinger said.

For example, for some construction projects, workers might need protective equipment like masks that are hard to come by as they're being bought for front-line medical workers who need them to limit the spread of COVID-19 as they treat patients.

"That would be an example of a doorway where, you need to work safe, so we'll consider extending time to make sure you can get the right stuff on your job," Hassinger said. "Nobody's asked for that yet, but that's an example."

In the department's regular calls with contractors, none have said they have big issues with people not being able to come to work or with supply chain disruptions.

"I'm not going to say it's not a concern. People are concerned, just like everybody in the whole population is concerned," he said. "We're just, I think, lucky to have a job that's essential because of the need to move goods and services, but also, that lends itself to being done in a socially distant way so we're not putting others at risk."

Spring weather means more road work will start in the coming weeks. Last week, MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna said lower traffic has meant some projects can be done faster. Larger projects in areas like St. Louis and Kansas City will be most affected, but Hassinger said he doesn't think projects will be done in half the time just because there's less traffic.

Crews working on highways in heavily populated areas have been able to work during the day instead of at night. Hassinger said there has been a lot of interest in moving night work to the day, and major projects probably won't impact commuters as much since there are fewer at the moment.

AGC of Missouri (4/10/20) – From memo to industry by David Ahlvers, MoDOT State Construction and Materials Engineer…

Our collective industry of contractors, materials suppliers, contract administrators and inspection staff must all practice the recommended CDC best practices on the job site to stay safe. Also, our efforts must be obvious to all Missourians as many are unable to work. Infrastructure improvements have been determined to be essential work so we must practice the CDC best practices or jeopardize the ability to remain working.

MoDOT requests that our contractors review their safety plans for each project and include information on how they will practice social distancing and follow CDC best practices to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Having a plan is the first step. Please ensure that your plan is communicated and implemented into your daily operations.

Thank you for your commitment to providing a safe transportation system during this difficult time.

AGC of Missouri (4/1/20) – Excerpt, notes from MoDOT/Industry COVID-19 Weekly Meeting Minutes (via conference call)…

Status of Construction Projects: MoDOT will continue to move forward with Highway Lettings and Construction Projects as scheduled. MoDOT has a continuity of operation plan and care for the infrastructure has been deemed as a critical function. That means that construction of highway projects will continue. In addition, MoDOT staff will perform construction inspection, materials testing and contract administration. We will provide payments to contractors in a timely manner. A discussion followed regarding the reduction in state and federal income due to lower fuel and vehicle sales.

CDC Guidelines on Construction Sites: As we are completing our duties, we should follow the Center for Disease Control and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services guidelines which require social distancing and reducing personal contact when possible. Preconstruction meetings will be held virtually by video or teleconference. We should be flexible and innovative in determining ways to communicate and complete our necessary duties while reducing personal contact. Additional discussion occurred involving the need to emphasis social distancing on construction sites. In some parts of the country, concerns have been raised regarding the continuation of highway projects. It is important that we demonstrate proper distancing and safety practices while constructing our projects. AGC provided a link that highlights what is being done to work safely under the current situation...

Extending Working Hours: Due to lower traffic volumes on our roadways, it may be possible to revise work hour restrictions on projects. Projects will be reviewed and evaluated on an individual basis. Please contact your Resident Engineer to discuss this opportunity. Please be aware that while traffic volumes have decreased the Highway Patrol has reported an increase in excessive speeding. It is important to manage the work zones by using rumble strips, law enforcement and proper notification to keep workers and drivers safe in work zones.

Contract Delays: MoDOT recognizes material shortages, subcontractor availability and illness impacting the workforce as possible issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Delays due to epidemics are specifically addressed in the Missouri Standard Specifications for Highway Construction Section 108.14.1 Excusable or Non-compensable delay. MoDOT will provide appropriate extensions should a delay occur. Please document and send your request to the Resident Engineer as these situations occur. Additional discussion occurred regarding the importance of taking into account delay impacts on all projects that a contractor is completing for the entire construction season as opposed to focusing only on the specific project impacted. Industry appreciated MoDOT’s flexibility on this issue…

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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