Across Pa., highway projects set for restart

May 1, 2020

After suspending construction for six weeks due to COVID-19, contractors are preparing to restart bridge and highway projects across Pennsylvania as soon as May 1.

As construction resumes, there has been much discussion regarding the new COVID-19 safety plans. The plans, required for each individual project, must be submitted to PennDOT and accepted before work can resume.

Each construction project must have a designated a safety plan coordinator, and the contractors are responsible for keeping abreast of revisions mandated by the Centers for Disease Control, OSHA and the state Department of Health.

The plans incorporate safe-distancing requirements and other protocols designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and safety of workers and the public. You can catch a glimpse of what a safe-distancing construction work zone looks like in this short video.

Next week, the industry will hear directly from PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian in an online meeting. Topics will include the increasingly worrisome post-pandemic PennDOT capital budget.


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