PennDOT today announced the restart of 61 projects across the Commonwealth. Go here to view official press release. Additionally, the PA Turnpike Commission today gave restart instruction to four projects that were previously on hold.
All projects to be restarted will have to incorporate COVID19 safety standards. For any work activity addressing critical asset issues, strategies will be deployed that include cleanliness protocols for jobsites and offices, social distancing guidelines, procedures to address employee sickness, and the safe handling of material deliveries. APC worked with Department and Turnpike officials along with all our association partners to develop COVID19 safety procedures. APC issued the following statement in reaction to the news today:
“APC supports Governor Wolf’s leadership in combating the spread of COVID19. We also applaud efforts by Secretary Gramian to keep Pennsylvanians moving by ensuring that critical repairs to our Commonwealth’s infrastructure be allowed to move forward. The highway construction industry pledges to incorporate stringent COVID19 safety procedures onto any project that is operational.”
Contractors who have a project among the 61 to be restarted will be contacted by a PennDOT District representative, presumably the ADE for Construction. If you have projects that are not among the 61 given the green light today, APC recommends you review your COVID19 safety procedures and begin to reach out to Districts with that information. Hopefully, more projects will be restarting soon.