Today, March 31, PACA received the following press released from PennDOT:
Work Continues on PennDOT Emergency and Critical Highway and Bridge Infrastructure Projects
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that 61 emergency and critical highway and bridge projects will be active statewide this week. While the normal highway and bridge construction program has paused as the commonwealth addresses COVID-19 response, urgent emergency work has continued to ensure a reliable transportation system as circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to unfold.
On March 17, in response to Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation guidance, PennDOT paused construction projects statewide to minimize COVID-19 exposure for PennDOT and private-sector employees, as well as the communities where they live and work.
“A safe and reliable transportation network is always of the utmost importance, but it becomes even more crucial in times of crisis,” said Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “We need to ensure that work continues on these critical projects, and we are taking the proper precautions to help ensure the safety of both our employees and our partners in the industry.”
For any work activity addressing critical asset issues, strategies are deployed that include cleanliness protocols for jobsites and offices, social distancing guidelines, procedures to address employee sickness, and the safe handling of material deliveries.
The emergency work that continues addresses specific safety need criteria, such as landslide repairs, or critical bridge, tunnel and drainage repairs, and work needed to eliminate roadway restrictions that could impede the ability for the movement of life sustaining goods and services. Conditions are continuously evaluated to determine the appropriate response.
See the all the documents released by PennDOT below.
Please note that the below documents apply to both PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike as well.
Please see the memo below regarding Clarification for use of Publication 408/2016, Change No. 7, for projects with original advertised let dates prior to April 10, 2020.Read Memo
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reopening indoor facilities at 23 select rest areas across Pennsylvania to all motorists, including the 13 facilities in critical locations that were reopened March 18 with portable restrooms and handwashing facilities.
PennDOT's 30 rest areas were temporarily closed statewide on March 17 in response to Governor Tom Wolf's mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19 to ensure that proper safety and sanitation protocols were in place.
"While unnecessary travel is discouraged as we all do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we understand that some trips are necessary and that access to rest areas is important," said Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. "We are constantly evaluating our actions and services in responding to this emergency and will make adjustments where we can safely do so."
All reopened rest areas will return to normal service with additional cleaning and maintenance. A complete list of open locations is below:
The department will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional rest areas can be reopened.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is implementing the following operational changes in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19. Bid lettings scheduled for March 19 and March 26, 2020, will move to an interim date of April 2, 2020.
In accordance with Governor Wolf’s March 11, 2020 directive on Planning for Large Meetings, Conferences, Trainings, and Community Events and based on advice from the Department of Health regarding the mitigation of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the remaining PennDOT/NECEPT Certified Concrete Field Testing Technician Certification courses already scheduled for 2020 are being canceled. These courses will not be rescheduled, and the following will apply for the 2020 construction season:
In accordance with Governor Wolf’s March 11, 2020 directive on Planning for Large Meetings, Conferences, Trainings, and Community Events and based on advice from the Department of Health regarding the mitigation of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the remaining PennDOT/NECEPT Certified Aggregate Technician Certification courses already scheduled for 2020 are being canceled. These courses will not be rescheduled, and the following will apply for the 2020 construction season:Read More
Note: This guidance document does not have the force and effect of law and is not meant to bind the public in any way. This guidance is intended only to provide clarity regarding existing requirements under the law.Read Document
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), please see the guidance links below. They clarify driver drug and alcohol testing, and CDL waivers.
Frequently Asked Questions Related to the FMCSA Emergency Declaration 03/19/2020Read More