DOTs Covid-19 Plans - Work Continuing As Scheduled
Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee
On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a memorandum on identification of essential critical workers during the COVID-19 response. The Memo was created in collaboration with other federal agencies and the private sector to help State and local officials.
The Memo describes the list it provides is advisory in nature only. Further,
The attached list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing management functions, among others. The industries they support represent, but are not necessarily limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works.
Governor Kay Ivey has updated the State Health Order to reflect a “shelter in place” mandate. The Order was effective Saturday, April 4, 2020 - at 5:00 p.m. The order clearly spells out allowable personal and commercial activities (essential services). Transportation construction is covered under Section 2.c., which is highlighted in the order... Section 2. c. also includes hotels and commercial lodging services should any employees need to overnight near your construction site.
Active construction and road maintenance projects and supporting ALDOT functions will continue, including scheduled bid openings for new projects. Work to repair slides and other roadway failures resulting from the recent record rainfall will continue.
ALDOT personnel will continue to monitor and respond to traffic incidents and roadway issues. ALDOT traffic operations and Alabama Service & Assistance Patrol (ASAP) responders will continue serving in areas where they currently operate.
Public Involvement Meetings
All ALDOT public involvement meetings are postponed until further notice.
Local ALDOT offices will continue to receive and process permits for work on ALDOT right of way. The ALDOT Oversize/Overweight Permit Office will continue to accept and process applications for oversize/overweight vehicles on Alabama highways.
FDOT Accelerates Critical Infrastructure Projects Valued at $2.1 Billion
Reduction in traffic allows state to expedite transportation improvements, provide needed jobs
...At the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, [FDOT] has started accelerating critical infrastructure projects, which are valued at $2.1 Billion. Due to a reduction in traffic throughout Florida during the fight against COVID-19, FDOT will expedite crucial improvements to the state’s transportation system and provide much needed jobs.
Following an initial review of all pending construction projects across all FDOT districts, including the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, FDOT has identified the following projects to be accelerated:
The $864M Howard Frankland Bridge project in the Tampa Bay area will be accelerated by nearly 4 weeks.
The widening of Southern Boulevard (SR 80) in western Palm Beach County will be accelerated by nearly 3 months.
In Miami-Dade, the I-395/SR 836/I-95 Design Build Project is an $802 million reconstruction project being done in coordination with the local expressway authority that will be accelerated by 4 weeks.
- The project at Sand Lake Road (SR 482) near the heavy tourist area of International Drive and Universal Boulevard in Orlando will be accelerated by 4 to 6 weeks.
Several other projects, by region, include:
- Phase one of construction on the US-1 Cow Key Bridge in Monroe County will be accelerated by 1 week.
Paving along I-75 at the SR 70 Interchange in Manatee County will be accelerated by 2 weeks.
Paving, widening and signal upgrades along State Road 951 in southern Collier County will be accelerated by 4 weeks.
- The 23rd Street Flyover project at the intersection of US 98 and 23rd Street in Bay County will be accelerated by 1 week.
- The Diverging Diamond Interchange on SR 200 (A1A) at Interstate 95 in Nassau County, the first of its kind in Northeast Florida, will be accelerated by two months.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is a state agency that is deemed by the US Department of Homeland Security Cyber and Infrastructure Agency Memorandum to provide Critical Infrastructure and thus should remain open at this time. Having such a designation provides an allowance for our work, and its many contributions to the State's transportation system, to continue uninterrupted...
TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright has provided an “Essential Activities” letter for the use contractors. The letter states, in part...
Please know that the bearer of this letter is acting as an agent of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for the administration of contracted construction projects and is fully authorized to travel the State roadways, under their current contract, to fulfill these duties.
These duties have been deemed to meet the requirements of Essential Activities in the guidance information from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Under this guidance, various types of workers are identified as essential to the COVID19 response, including employees supporting or enabling transportation functions and the construction or maintenance of essential public works and infrastructure.
These contracted employees have been identified as meeting this guidance and are deemed essential to the COVID-19 response at the State level by Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Orders 22 & 23 and the National level by CISA guidance (Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response Version 2.0)...
U.S. Governmental Business Resources:
- CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- CDC: Information for Communities, Schools, and Businesses
- CDC: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities
- SBA: COVID-19 Resources
- DOL: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
- DOL: OHSA Resources for Workers and Employers on COVID-19
- WHO: Get Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
- CISA: Risk Management for COVID-19
- EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19