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During this most unprecedented time, we are providing updates and pertinent information about COVID 19 and related industry news and impacts. We extend our thoughts and wishes for good health to all.
- Springfield: https://www.springfield-ma.gov/cos/index.php?id=covid
- Worcester: http://www.worcesterma.gov/coronavirus
Most Recent COVID-19 Notices:
Running List of Documents:
Massachusetts RMV: Attleboro B2B Service Center Opening Tuesday, May 26: Attleboro B2B Service Center Opening
Massachusetts issues “Reopening Massachusetts”- The Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.
The following three documents were released by the City of Boston on May 5, 2020 relative to the phased-in approach for the resumption of construction activities:
- City of Boston COVID-19 Safety Affidavit and Plan Submission Process
- City of Boston Construction Update 5 5 2020 FINAL
- Governor’s Exec Order’s Exhibit A Defining Essential Construction
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued its “3.0” version of the Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response.” According to CISA, this update “clarifies the description of a small number of essential services and functions in the list.” It does include more detail relating to transportation construction and allied industries. As the memo explains: This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard. Additionally, this advisory list is not intended to be the exclusive list of critical infrastructure sectors, workers, and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response across all jurisdictions. Individual jurisdictions should add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion. Version 3.0 CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
OSHA has announced it will consider employer’s good-faith efforts to comply with COVID-19 regulations when determining enforcement actions. The guidance can be found HERE. The following is the press release: DOL – OSHA Update – U.S. Department of Labor Considers Employer’s Good Faith Efforts When Enforcing Compliance During Coronavirus Pandemic
The Massachusetts RMV has implemented further extensions for expiring motor vehicle inspection stickers, passenger plate registrations, professional credentials, and licenses and permits, including Commercial Driver’s Licenses and Permits (CDLs / CLPs) : Mass RMV Update – April 16 2020
MassDOT’s approval of a request from ATSSA for the allowance of the Traffic Control Technician and the Traffic Control Supervisor Certified Course to be taught through virtual on-line training platform in lieu of the traditional in-person classroom training:
Until further notice, the MassDOT Highway Division will be including the following Special Provision in all projects being bid April 14 and after: MassDOT Highway Division Covid-19 Special Provision
The Small Business Administration has released two interim final rules regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. These will be officially published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, April 15. The first interim final rule, which contains a general description of the program and associated regulations, can be found HERE. The second interim final rule is supplementary in nature and provides general guidance as well as additional explanation of affiliation rules. It can be found HERE.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended its emergency relief from Hours of Service rules for truckers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through May 15. The new declaration can be found HERE.
The Department of Labor issued a technical corrections document pertaining to the recently issued sick leave and Family and Medical Leave Act regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. That document can be found HERE.
MBTA Contractor Workplace COVID-19 Case Incident Reporting 4-8-2020: Please particularly note the following in the memo:
- It has two pages with specific instructions on COVID-19 related communication protocol with the MBTA
- There is a link that a Vendor/Contractor/Consultant MUST go to and to fill out a very short form for EACH incident of a COVID-19 Symptom/Confirmed case
OP-ED by ARTBA President & CEO Dave Bauer: Yes, this is the ideal time to be fixing roads (The Washington Examiner)
Slide deck from the US Department of Labor FFCRA webinar: Families First Coronavirus Response Act – US Department of Labor Webinar
The webinar itself can be viewed: HERE.
MassDOT – HMA and PCC Guidelines Letter – 4-3-2020: From MassDOT – As you know [MassDOT] recently provided temporary guidance related to HMA and PCC sampling and testing as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. [This updated guidance] ensures MassDOT continues to conform with requirements of FHWA 23 CFR 637. The following are the significant changes from what was sent out previously:
- Clearer delineation between MassDOT Acceptance sampling and testing and Independent Assurance sampling and testing.
- Requirements for PCC and HMA truck tickets to be emailed to the District Materials Engineer rather than be hand delivered to the project site.
- HMA Ride Quality Testing requirements will continue per Section 450 where health and safety guidelines allow.
- ***HMA loose mix sampling and testing performed by MassDOT will take place at the project site rather than the HMA production facility. New sampling procedures are outlined in the guidance.
PPP–IFRN FINAL – Small Business Administration (SBA) Interim Final Rule on the Paycheck Protection Program. (This is the program that provides small business loans which may be forgiven if employees are retained for an eight week period. This version is pre-publication. The regulations will go into effect once published in the Federal Register.) More information is available on the Small Business Administration’s PPP website: HERE.