VTCA continues working hard to keep you working. Between regular Monday, Wednesday, and Friday conference calls between Jeff Southard, Tom Witt and VDOT’s Senior Leadership VTCA’s staff is in daily communication with VDOT staff throughout the Department anticipating and planning ways to minimize the impact to the transportation construction program.
Our primary goal, after the safety of the industry’s workers, is to preserve the ability to keep projects running. This afternoon, during his press conference, Governor Northam outlined additional statewide closures and restrictions. We are pleased that we have been successful, and construction remains an essential operation exempt from the shutdown.
While we work closely with the Governor’s administration and Senior VDOT leadership it is imperative that we continue to demonstrate to the Governor and the public that the transportation construction industry can continue to operate safely.
The Department is expected to issue guidance to VDOT and consultant inspection staff emphasizing their roles in working with contractors to ensure our projects are being operated in a manner that minimizes worker exposure. Many of you have described steps your companies are taking to protect workers. In anticipation of VDOT’s guidance you are encouraged to have your field staff coordinate and share your plans with VDOT project staff and work together to maintain a safe working environment.
VDOT construction projects and procurement remain active and the Department’s plan is to continue and sustain full operation. VTCA will maintain daily communication with VDOT Senior Staff and the Administration and will notify the members of any changes.