Industry taking steps to ensure worker safety as business impacts felt
Respondents urge Congress to pass multiyear highway and transit funding bill to aid U.S. economic recovery
WASHINGTON, DC — Many of the businesses and public agencies that design, build and maintain the nation’s critical transportation infrastructure continue to work while taking necessary precautions to protect their workforce from COVID-19, according to a new survey of American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) members.
With a few exceptions, transportation design and construction projects continue across the country, but survey respondents say they are feeling the effects of the pandemic. More than two-thirds are experiencing changes or adjustments to project schedules. Nearly 75 percent are expecting some or major financial impacts on their businesses.
When asked what messages they wanted to deliver to Congress and the Trump administration relating to the next coronavirus relief bill, the most common refrains: pass a strong multi-year transportation funding bill to help the economic recovery, “keep workers working” and don’t shut down projects.
The survey also showed transportation construction firms have taken additive measures to protect the health and safety of their workers. Nearly 80 percent are rotating office employees between work and home or allowing them to work remotely.
Respondents said they are taking additional project site safety and health measures, including more regular cleaning of portable toilets (78 percent), third party cleaning (70 percent) and improved handwashing stations (61 percent).
The March 23-27 survey, initiated by ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, included 225 respondents representing the association’s eight membership divisions: contractors, planning and design firms, traffic safety and equipment manufacturers, materials and services firms, public officials and university professors/researchers.
A link to the full results can be found here.