INDOT and Indiana Transportation Ready to Go
INDOT appreciates the trying times that we are all going through together. INDOT wants to ensure our partners that we are ready to go for the 2020 construction season. INDOT understands the current environment and the challenges that is presents. We are committed to working through this with our industry partners and to look for opportunities to partner together. The following is a listing of the initiatives that INDOT will be implementing immediately.
INDOT is abiding by all of the guidance provided by the Department of Health for social distancing and good hygiene. INDOT is utilizing virtual means of communication as much as possible. As always Safety of our employees, our partners, and the traveling public is first and foremost on our agenda.
Extended Work Hours
Governor Eric Holcomb’s Stay at Home order has the effect of about a 30% reduction in overall traffic. INDOT is willing to discuss options to accelerate projects through this time period by extending hours for restrictions on Interstate Highway Congestion Waivers. INDOT has reduced the review time for this by utilizing the existing traffic data and applying the 30% reduction factor to open additional time to work. INDOT is continually monitoring this situation and is available to discuss these opportunities on a contract or corridor basis. Guidance has been sent out to decision-makers to move on these requests quickly. Should traffic volumes begin to increase back to normal conditions, then INDOT would give contractors a 7-day notice to return to previous restriction time frames.
INDOT is ready to go and work effectively and efficiently with our contractors.
INDOT has also worked on efficiencies for our Testing processes to expedite approvals. INDOT is pursuing all options to expedite startup procedures for the season including but not limited to extending certification timeframes. INDOT will be postponing audits and plant inspections. Our qualified testers will have their certifications extended to May 1, 2020 to be ready to go now.
INDOT is willing to work with industry for a more widespread use of e-ticketing. INDOT already has contractors utilizing this tool.
INDOT is keenly aware that supply chains are being interrupted and will work with industry to help resolve if we can. Industry does not need to send INDOT a letter citing potential issues but only those that are currently impacting the contract. Please let INDOT construction personnel know as soon as you are aware of such issues so that we can track them together. There is not a need to explore what-ifs at this time.
Partnering and Indiana Transportation Team
Our joint membership in The Indiana Transportation Team gives us the ability to persevere through these challenges and turn them into opportunities to advance the cause. Thanks in advance to all for their efforts.
Roland L. Fegan, Jr., P.E.
Deputy Commissioner, Construction
Indiana Government Center North
100 N. Senate Ave., Room N758
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Office: (317) 234-8384
Cell: (317) 697-7298