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POSTED ON: April 1, 2020 - So You Can Return to Work, Now What?

Procedures / Tips for Returning to Work During COVID-19 Pandemic - PennDOT Issues Guidance Document for Restarting Construction Projects

  • First and foremost, review PennDOT's Guidance Document for Restarting Construction Projects found below.
  • Who will be the point person that will make sure these things are done?
  • Who will carry out the cleaning/ sanitation and what will the frequency of this process be?
  • How will your releases, tickets and testing results will be handled?
  • Make sure to include/post a statement about limiting people in your labs and that truck drivers are PROHIBITED in your lab.
  • Post a memo about access to hand washing stations and hand sanitizer.
  • An Inspector should witness testing from a safe distance and the test results will have need to posted in eCamms/Plant book within 24 hours so PennDOT personnel can review the results via their laptops.
  • The Plant Technician is required to document test results on your ticket.
Review Guidance Document
POSTED ON: March 31, 2020

Great News for Industry - PennDOT Announces That Work Will Continue on PennDOT Emergency and Critical Highway and Bridge Infrastructure Projects

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.

POSTED ON: March 30, 2020

PennDOT Releases Guidelines Relating to Projects and Operations in Lght of COVID-19 in ECMS

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.

COVID-19 Personal Hygiene and Project Cleaning Best Practices (dated March 26, 2020)

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Entering PennDOT Facilities During COVID-19 Mitigation

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Guidelines for Maintaining Life Sustaining Operations on Construction Projects (version 5, dated March 21, 2020)

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PennDOT Vehicles-Equipment Cleanliness Protocol (version 2, dated March 26, 2020)

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Drone Usage for Construction Inspection Recommendation Memorandum (March 28, 2020)

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POSTED ON: March 26, 2020

Clarification for Use of Publication 408/2016, Change No. 7

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.

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POSTED ON: March 24, 2020

PennDOT Reopens Additional Rest Areas

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:

  • Interstate 79 northbound in Allegheny County, 8 miles north of Exit 45;
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Crawford County, 8 miles north of Exit 154;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Crawford County, 3 miles south of Exit 166;
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Lawrence County, 3.5 miles north of Exit 105;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Lawrence County, 3.5 miles south of Exit 113
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Mercer County, 5 miles south of Exit 141;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Mercer County, 6 miles north of Exit 130;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Centre County, 13 miles east of Exit 133;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Centre County, .5 miles west of Exit 147;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Jefferson County, 1 mile east of Exit 86;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Jefferson County, 10 miles west of Exit 97;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Montour County, 4.5 miles east of Exit 215;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Montour County, 4.5 miles west of Exit 224;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Venango County, .5 miles east of Exit 29;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Venango County, 4 miles west of Exit 35;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Cumberland County, .5 miles north of Exit 37;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Cumberland County, 5.5 miles south of Exit 44;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Lackawanna County, .5 miles north of Exit 202;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Luzerne County, 1.5 miles north of Exit 155;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Luzerne County, 1.5 miles south of Exit 159;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Susquehanna County, 4 miles south of Exit 211;
  • Interstate 84 eastbound in Pike County, 6 miles east of Exit 20; and
  • Interstate 84 westbound in Pike County, 1 mile west of Exit 26.

The department will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional rest areas can be reopened.

More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.

POSTED ON: March 17, 2020

Modifications to March 19 and March 26, 2020 Let Schedules

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.

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POSTED ON: March 16, 2020

Regarding PennDOT Concrete Certification Courses

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:

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POSTED ON: March 16, 2020

Regarding PennDOT Aggregate Certification Courses

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:

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

POSTED ON: March 26, 2020

Emergency Declaration Questions and Answers

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.

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POSTED ON: March 25, 2020

Links Provided by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), please see the guidance links below. They clarify driver drug and alcohol testing, and CDL waivers.

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/fmcsa-covid-19-drug-alcohol-testing-guidance

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/fmcsa-cdl-waiver-32420

FMCSA COVID-19 Resources

POSTED ON: March 23, 2020

Expanded Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2020-002 (Relating to COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions Related to the FMCSA Emergency Declaration 03/19/2020

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