April 8, 2020 -- 3 p.m. PDT
CalAPA COVID-19 Update No. 10 -- April 8, 2020
Important Notice: This CalAPA "Member Alert" is an exclusive benefit of CalAPA membership and should not be shared outside a member company without prior permission from CalAPA.

SUMMARY:
The California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA) is closely monitoring events related to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 virus outbreak to assess what impact it will have on the asphalt pavement industry in California. What follows is the latest information gathered on the topic by the association since our previous Member Alert sent on April 2, 2020. Links to our previous Member Alerts are at the bottom of this report.

WHAT IS NEW:
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released new guidance on the requested use of face coverings for residents who go out in public to perform essential services exempted from the "stay at home" order. That guidance, released April 6, is HERE. The guidance comes on the heels of similar orders in Riverside County (HERE), San Bernardino County (HERE) and elsewhere. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said this week that people who go to the store, for example, should wear face coverings, and the county set up a number for people to report violations. The Centers for Disease Control website with face-covering guidance is HERE.
  • During an April 7 conference call with construction industry officials, Caltrans executive managers said transportation infrastructure work managed by the state agency was continuing, noting that only about 20 projects out of about 700 on-going statewide have been suspended due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. They projected that the fourth quarter of 2020 (April-June of the state fiscal year) will be a very busy quarter for project delivery, with more projects scheduled to go out to bid in that quarter than the number of projects that were put out in all of 2019. This was largely to the continued influx of SB1 gas-tax revenues. Caltrans had no firm projections on the long-term prognosis for road funding given the greatly reduced traffic volumes in California and corresponding reduction in fuel consumption.
  • The non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) released a report April 5 that concluded that "California could face a budget problem as a result of the coronavirus emergency.," potentially reducing state revenues by tens of billions of dollars. That report is HERE.
  • New COVID-19 safety training videos have come on line and are available for use by the asphalt pavement industry. One 9-minute video produced by CRH Americas Materials and distributed by NAPA is HERE. A 12-minute animated safety video made available by CalAPA member PRS is HERE.
  • Caltrans has released new COVID-19-related guidance to the construction industry. A "Construction Policy Directive" 20-8, covers source inspection procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. CPD 20-9 covers the procedure for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) substitution. Both CPD's, along with other directives issued recently, can be found HERE.
  • CalAPA has moved its most popular technical training class, "Asphalt Pavement 101," to an on-line webinar format. The class, taught by Roger Smith, a former senior materials engineer for Caltrans and the Asphalt Institute, as well as a former executive director for CalAPA, will be held April 23 (register HERE) and April 28 (register HERE).
  • The Conractors State Licence Board (CSLB) announced today (April 8) it has launched a new website and is offering new options for contractors to renew their licenses on line. Click HERE to read the announcement. Click HERE to visit the CSLB on-line renewals website.
  • The asphalt pavement industry in California continues to participate in various activities to train workers on safe practices as they relate to COVID-19 and to ensure compliance.
  • CalAPA continues to contact agencies and members to assess the impact of the health emergency statewide on operations and will continue to compile and summarize that information in upcoming "Member Alerts" as conditions warrant. In general, member companies continue to perform work under new safety protocols.

BACKGROUND:

Guidance from government officials continues to be issued at the local, state and federal level with regard to the COVID-19 flu virus, commonly referred to as the novel coronavirus, which originated in China late last year and has been spreading quickly to other countries, including the United States. California is one of the states impacted, and the governor has declared a state of emergency as state and local governments mobilize resources to understand the nature of the flu-like virus, how it is spread, and what health implications it will bring with it. Business operations have already been disrupted as "shelter-in-place" orders are issued. Road construction has so far escaped most of these most severe restrictions as it is considered work related to "essential services" to protect vital infrastructure. CalAPA continues to seek out guidance from government and elected officials on how the public health emergency will impact the construction industry, and is monitoring supply chains to identify and assess upstream disruptions.

RESOURCES:

CALAPA RESOURCES :

CalAPA is constantly updating its clearinghouse of COVID-19-related resources of interest to the asphalt pavement industry in California on the CalAPA Safety Page HERE .

The April 6, 2020 edition of the "California Asphalt Insider" newsletter, featuring a roundup of COVID-19 issues and impacts to the asphalt industry, is HERE .

The April 2, 2020 CalAPA "Member Alert" COVID-19 Update No. 9 is HERE .

The March 31, 2020 CalAPA "Member Alert" COVID-19 Update No. 8 is HERE.

The special "Emergency Response"-themed issue of CalAPA"s "California Asphalt" magazine, with articles on crisis communications, tele-working, remote meetings and more, is HERE.

The March 30, 2020 edition of the "California Asphalt Insider" newsletter, featuring a roundup of COVID-19 issues and impacts to the asphalt industry, is HERE.

The March 29, 2020 CalAPA "Member Alert" COVID-19 Update No. 7 is HERE.

The March 24, 2020 CalAPA "Member Alert" COVID-19 Update No. 6 is HERE .

The March 23, 2020 CalAPA "Member Alert" COVID-19 Update No. 5 is HERE .

The March 23, 2020 edition of the " California Asphalt Inside r" newsletter, featuring a roundup of COVID-19 issues and impacts to the asphalt industry is HERE .

The March 20, 2020 CalAPA "Member Alert" COVID-19 Update No. 4 is HERE .

The March 18, 2020 CalAPA "Member Alert" COVID-19 Update No. 3 is HERE .

The March 16, 2020 CalAPA "Member Alert" COVID-19 Update No. 2 is HERE .

The March 16, 2020 edition of the " California Asphalt Insider " newsletter featuring a roundup of COVID-19 issues and impacts to the asphalt industry is HERE .

The March 10, 2020 CalAPA Member Alert with the initial assessment of potential impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus to association operations and the asphalt pavement industry as a whole is HERE .

A March 2, 2020 CalAPA California Asphalt Insider newsletter article on crisis communications tips is HERE .

OTHER RESOURCES :
The State of California, Department of Public Health website devoted to providing updated coronavirus information in California is HERE .

The California Department of Industrial Relations COVID-19 webpage is HERE .

The National Asphalt Pavement Association COVID-19 information page is HERE .

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage with information on COVID-19 is HERE .

For more information on this “Member Alert,” contact CalAPA Executive Director Russell W. Snyder, CAE, at (916) 791-5044.


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