The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is working with the Governor's Office and North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) to slow the spread of COVID-19. In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 we are implementing the following strategies:
The NDDOT intends to move forward with all projects scheduled for letting and construction in 2020. Further project letting dates will be reviewed and may be adjusted as conditions warrant. Prior to beginning any project work in 2020 there should be discussion between the contractor and DOT's project engineer on steps that will be taken in response to COVID-19. Things to consider are:
Communication and adherence to the agreed upon strategies will be critical.
Knowing this has a global impact and is continually changing, it is very difficult to predict all situations and potential impacts to projects. Section 108.06 8.4.d in the Standard Specification allows for the non-compensable extension of contract time for delays due to epidemics or quarantines. If delays are experienced related to documented COVID-19 impacts, timely communication to the Department and documentation will be key to approval of a time extension.
As the start of construction season is upon us, it will be critical that contractors and the Department work closely to assure project schedules can be maintained while being socially responsible to limit further spread of the virus.
The NDDOT will continue to monitor the CDC recommendations and coordinate with the NDDOH. Our primary goal is to keep both the contractor's and Department's employees healthy and safe in our efforts to be socially responsible to slow the spread of the virus. For updates to this changing situation, please go to https://www.dot.nd.gov/ and click on the COVID-19 banner at the top of the page.