ODOT Partners Get the Job Done – Safely


Oregon Department of Transportation partners and contractors put safety first in the face of COVID-19

OREGON — The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life around the world – and Oregon is no exception. Businesses have found smart, safe ways to get the job done while meeting the unprecedented challenge of keeping a highly contagious virus out of worksites.

Highway construction crucial to the future of Oregon can go forward by using “social distancing” safety measures – such as keeping work crew members six feet apart.

Oregon’s civil contractors adopted new practices to keep key Oregon Department of Transportation projects on track and on time. Safety pays off with healthy workers able to earn a paycheck, support their families, keep Oregon moving forward.

ODOT and its partners in the construction and trucking industry, along with local communities, are using social distancing and prominent warnings to meet the COVID-19 challenge.

Modeling the behavior

Take Wildish Construction Company, who is completing an Interstate 105 bridge deck concrete placement in Eugene. Employees have been trained on COVID-19 safety protocol. In this photo, a social distancing officer in an orange-over-yellow safety coat monitors compliance.

Like Wildish, Carter & Company, of Salem, put safety protocols first as they poured a silica fume concrete deck on Interstate 84 near Hood River. Again, a social distancing officer oversees safe work practices.

California-based Granite Construction Company workers in eastern Oregon wear cards on their safety vets to remind anyone nearby to stay six feet away. Our ODOT Highway Region 5 construction crews have adopted a similar reminder card.

CRH Americas Materials of Salem applied decals at typical contact points on their dump and concrete trucks to remind workers of COVID-19 safety protocols.

ODOT thanks to everyone for their hard work and commitment to safety!

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Gary Warner is a member of ODOT Communications team.

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