March and April have made it painfully clear that the COVID-19 virus is a challenge to the lives of millions of Americans. Most states, including Virginia, are encouraging or requiring people to stay at home. Many non-essential companies have been required to close, and others are changing the way they conduct business. Highway paving and construction have been deemed “essential services” and continue to improve Virginia’s infrastructure while supporting the economy. And, most importantly, these efforts help improve the access and speed for critical workers to get to hospitals, clinics, and grocery stores.
While deemed essential, paving and construction companies are still required to follow Executive Orders 53 and 55 like everyone else. Companies are altering what was “normal practice” before the virus by developing new and innovative ways to complete the job and to also keep their employees safe. Whether it’s the conversion of a safety huddle to a safety circle that maintains the proper social distance, reminders for workers to wash hands, or altering the method used to transport employees, paving and construction employers are working hard to keep employees safe and working. And, to Keep Virginia Moving!