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Welcome to Construction Business Group's Industry Updates.  This monthly e-newsletter will help us communicate the important initiatives that we have underway and relevant updates on issues that impact Wisconsin's construction industry.  
Message from Executive Director  Robb Kahl

As you know, most of the construction was deemed essential infrastructure and allowed to continue under the Safer at Home order from Governor Evers' administration. But it is not "business as usual" for the industry. Even before the Safer at Home order was issued on March 24, labor and management worked cooperatively to come up with mitigation strategies to keep workers and the public safe while construction work continued.
As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, labor and management continued to work together to create new workflow processes to protect workers from infection while enabling work to continue on critical Wisconsin building programs. In partnership with the trades and contractor associations, CBG released a video that details prevention techniques for job sites that will enable workers to stay safe while continuing work.
CBG and its partners also launched a website, , specifically dedicated to educating construction workers and contractors on recommended safety guidelines. The website has further links to field manuals and toolkits being offered by the trades and contractor associations. The Operating Engineers and CBG created banners that may be posted on jobsites that list some of the most important safety guidelines to give workers a visual reminder every day that things are not business as usual on the jobsites.
The Wisconsin construction industry employs 94,200 workers and generates $7.71 billion in economic impact for communities across the state. With new public health guidelines in place, the construction industry can continue to provide a vital economic value while ensuring our communities remain healthy.
CBG would like to thank labor and management for working quickly, efficiently and cooperatively during this unprecedented crisis.  

Building Wisconsin Together ®

Coronavirus relief programs for contractors

President Trump authorized another round of small business funding on April 24th to help companies with cash flow and to retain employees during this challenging time.  Baker Tilly partnered with CBG to offer a webinar on relief programs available to contractors impacted by COVID-19.  The webinar  explored the major programs and initiatives that are available for the construction industry and addressed: 
  • Available coronavirus benefits
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • Qualifying entities
  • Maximum and forgivable loan calculation
  • 13-week cash flow
  • Next steps and anticipated relief programs
Those that did not get an application approved for the first round of PPP should assemble paperwork now and connect with a banker.  

If you were not able to attend the webinar, click here for a recording ( Password: COVID-19) 

Industry News and Updates
From the News Stand
Construction Industry Collaborates on COVID-19  Response Plan for Field Operations

It is critical that the transportation construction industry exercises best practices on jobsites to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

WTBA has worked with industry partners to develop a COVID-19 Response Plan for Field Operations to protect workers and ensure that our industry can continue delivering infrastructure for Wisconsin citizens and businesses during this public health crisis. This plan outlines important jobsite communication, sanitation, health screening and other measures that should be considered in the workplace to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Please share this COVID-19 Response Plan for Field Operations with your managers and employees.

Traffic at Historically Low Levels During COVID-19 Outbreak, Revenue Drops

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation data, Wisconsinites are doing what they should be doing - staying at home. By the end of March, passenger vehicle traffic was down 50% compared to the week of March 1-7, which was before the Governor closed schools or issued the Safer at Home order.
With the need to restock grocery shelves and maintain the flow of vital supplies, the decline in truck traffic is significantly less severe. These traffic reductions mirror national trends.
While this sharp drop in traffic is useful for slowing the spread of the virus and may allow some projects to be completed early, the downturn in traffic will also likely have a notable impact on state transportation revenue in Wisconsin and around the nation.  
AASHTO Calls for Emergency Federal Aid
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) estimates that states may suffer the loss of 30% of state transportation revenue over the next 18 months.
Earlier this month, AASHTO sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting the next COVID-19 legislation include $50 billion as an immediate revenue backstop to state DOTs. This infusion of cash is necessary to prevent consequential disruptions in the operation and maintenance of state transportation systems during this health emergency. Moreover, AASHTO called for a doubling of surface transportation investment with at least a six-year reauthorization as a time-tested vehicle for economic recovery. 

WisDOT Electronic Load Ticket Submittal Option

Note from WisDOT: (Temporary Electronic Ticket Submittal Option)
The department will temporarily allow the electronic submittal of load tickets on construction projects.  The department is not requiring submittal of electronic copies, but the engineer and contractor are allowed to agree to use electronic methods of submittal, rather than printed paper.  The electronic format can be agreed to by the engineer and contractor (PDF, photo, etc.).  All of the existing contractual requirements related to tickets still remain (timing of submittal, information on ticket, etc.).  Here is a list of best practices, regardless of the ticket format:
  1. Contractor notifies the engineer/inspector with a list of the trucks that will be hauling to the project each day for each material.  If a truck is removed from the project, the contractor notifies the inspector immediately and the inspector documents the removal time of the truck.
  2. Inspector performs periodic checks of trucks hauling to the project throughout the day and periodically documents the truck descriptions and the arrival times to the site.
  3. Per the standard specs, the contractor submits tickets at the required time.  For electronic copies, the format can be agreed upon by the contractor and engineer (PDF, photo, etc.). 
  4. Upon submittal of the tickets, the inspector compares the tickets to their periodic check-in documentation to verify the ticketed material was incorporated into the project.
  5. Inspectors continue to perform daily yield checks during the placement of materials to verify the ticketed quantities.
  6. Pay special attention to the requirements for ready-mixed concrete.  Per the standard specs, the inspector needs to have a copy of the ticket (paper or electronic) prior to discharging the load.
As a reminder, here are some of the contractual requirements for tickets, from the 2020 Standard Specs.  These requirements remain in effect, regardless of printed paper or electronic copies. Load Tickets
(1) For weighed aggregates, submit a ticket for each load of material. Submit tickets daily as work is completed. Ensure that each ticket includes a unique ticket number, the project ID, material description, date & time measured, gross, tare & net weights, and truck ID.
(2) For asphaltic mixtures, submit tickets as specified in 450.
(3) For ready-mixed concrete, submit tickets as specified in 501.3.5.4.
450. Recording Truck Loads
(1) If not using automatic batch recording, install a digital recorder as part of the platform truck or storage silo scales. Ensure that the recorder can produce a printed digital record of at least the gross or net weights of delivery trucks. Provide gross, tare, net weights, load count, and the cumulative tonnage; the date, time, ticket number, WisDOT project ID, and mix 250 number; and the mix type including the traffic, binder, and mix designation codes specified in 460.3.1. Ensure that scales cannot be manually manipulated during the printing process. Provide an interlock to prevent printing until the scales come to rest. Size the scales and recorder to accurately weigh the heaviest loaded trucks or tractor-trailers hauling asphaltic mixture. Ensure that recorded weights are accurate to within 0.1 percent of the nominal capacity of the scale.
(2) Submit tickets daily as work is completed. Ensure that tickets identify additives not included in the mix design submittal or cold weather paving plan. Indicate on the ticket if the mixture is placed under a cold weather paving plan.
501.3.5.4 Inspection
(1) Notify the engineer at least 24 hours before the contractor requires delivery of ready-mixed concrete, so the engineer can make the necessary arrangements to inspect and calibrate equipment at the plant.
(2) With each load of ready-mixed concrete, provide a computer-printed batch ticket which includes load and truck identification, the actual batch weights of all materials in that load, the mixing time for central plant-mixed concrete or the start of the batch life as specified in 501.3.5.2(3) for transit-mixed concrete, and other pertinent data. Give batch tickets to the inspector upon arrival at the work site. The department will only accept loads that arrive in satisfactory condition and have a batch ticket. The engineer will only accept hand written batch tickets in remote locations where no computerized plant is available within deliverable distance of the work site.
(3) Instead of requiring a batch ticket for each load, the engineer may accept central-mixed concrete used in pavement and associated bid items based on daily production records from a computer-controlled plant erected specifically for work under the contract. Submit a complete load-by-load written record that ties the truck IDs to the batch quantities and batch times for each day's production to the engineer at the end of each day's production. During concrete production, operate under a plan acceptable to the engineer that ties the truck ID to the batch quantities and batch time for each load. In that plan describe how that information will be made available to the engineer immediately upon request. The engineer may also require batch tickets to address short-term operational difficulties.
(4) The engineer may accept minor quantities of ready-mixed concrete used in miscellaneous bid items without batch tickets.
Union construction workers rise to meet the many challenges of COVID-19

Extensive safety training and guidance gives certain union construction workers a competitive advantage.  Click here to read full article from Building Advantage

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