COVID-19 Response Resources

WAPA recognizes the impact the COVID-19 (aka novel coronavirus) may be having on your business, employees, and families. We know the safety and health of your employees is your priority. During these challenging times, WAPA strives to serve as a trusted resource for your company and employees.   A central location for resources for the asphalt industry is being hosted at the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) website.  The NAPA COVID-19 launch page is HERE.

NAPA is working daily, in conjunction with the State Asphalt Pavement Associations (SAPAs), to provide key resources gathered from around the country.

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, WAPA urges you to stay informed, stay healthy and stay safe.

In spite of early signals to the contrary, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) shut down nearly all highway and ferry system contract work as of March 26th after the Governor elected to not designate highway construction work an “essence service” during the duration of his “Stay home, stay safe” executive order.   Previously, on March 19th, WSDOT instituted a COVID-19 Response Plan directive.  When highway construction in allowed to resume, all active WSDOT will require Contractor/ Subcontractor derived and approved COVID-19 health and safety plans in place.  Many Contractors submitted plans on March 23rd as per WSDOT’s original directive.  Contractors should continue to work with their WSDOT project office contacts to review/ refine and update these plans so there will be minimal delay when work is authorized to restart.

COVID-19 health and safety work plans should address key items such as pre-shift screening, physical distancing (6 feet means 6 feet), personal protective equipment (PPE) and minimizing physical interchanges (collecting tickets, virtual meetings etc.).There are good examples of health and safety plans posted on the NAPA website.

Another source of information, targeted specifically to the public works community, is available at the American Public Works Association (APWA) resource webpage titled “Coronavirus and the Public Works Community“.