As Colorado and Wyoming’s concrete paving industry continues to work through the coronavirus outbreak, their focus remains on providing a safe working environment for their employees, project partners, and the traveling public. The staff of the CO/WY Chapter of ACPA is working closely with our colleagues across the country and our partners throughout our states, and we’ve developed a list of resources related to COVID-19 and construction.
Strategies currently being employed by contractors include a number of practices that the general public is following, such as social distancing and requiring sick employees to stay home. In addition, contractors are educating employees on how to protect themselves and to recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, monitoring/limiting who enters jobsites and ensuring the use of proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In Colorado, this includes following Multi-Industry Construction Guidance published by the CDPHE.
CO/WY ACPA staff has been working remotely since March 16th and will continue to be available to assist with your needs. All Concrete Pavement Inspector Certification Classes have been cancelled through the end of May, and the next class is scheduled for June 9th.
Gov. Jared Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The state’s order began at 8 a.m., Thursday, March 26 and lasts through April 11. Under the order residents are allowed to leave their homes to shop for essential needs, such as groceries and medications, exercise and go to work if their job qualifies for an exemption, although they are encouraged to practice social distancing under all circumstances.
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has issued several statewide public health orders closing non-essential personal services, restaurants, and schools, and forbidding gatherings of 10 or more people.
The Wyoming DOT is continuing with their monthly lettings, and bid openings are being modified to be read through electronic means beginning with the April letting.
ACPA is asking members to engage in an industry grassroots campaign and contact your Representatives and Senators using a prewritten letter asking Congress to include ACPA’s priorities within a future stimulus package. Specifically, this letter is asking Congress to take immediate action to:
- Aid businesses to ensure they can pay their workers and maintain operations.
- Ensure that building materials remain available for construction of vital infrastructure projects.
- Support a long-term recovery through investing in our nation’s infrastructure. Click here to access the North American Concrete Alliance’s website and click on Take Action for a pre-written message to your Members of Congress that can be customized with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your business.