Grant Sarver June 25, 2020

It’s an understatement to say that COVID-19 has greatly affected our lives. Millions have lost their jobs and over 120,000 have died in the United States. As life in the midst of a pandemic becomes increasingly normal, people are finding ways to diminish the risk of working together.

Construction, however, hasn’t experienced the same kind of slow down you might see in other industries. This is in part to most work being conducted outdoors where people are less likely to be infected because of constant air circulation and more space. As such, governments at all levels are still issuing contracts for construction and related materials.

The Department of Defense’s Army Corp of Engineers is contracting for dredging in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The work will consist of dredging about 1,000,000 cubic yards between Corpus Christi and Port Isabel, Texas. The contract is estimated to be worth between $5,000,000-$10,000,000, and the official solicitation will be released on July 21 and proposals will be due August 20

The Department of Transportation’s FAA local office in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania is also looking to contract a small business for construction projects. Decking at the Allegheny County Airport needs to be replaced, and a monopole needs to be removed and reinstalled along with repairing the foundation. The contract could be valued to be as much as $250,000. Two past experience descriptions are due by July 7 to receive the full solicitation package.

Outdoor work is some of the safest kinds of work in terms of COVID-19 infection. Governments are still issuing construction contracts during the pandemic, and with America’s crumbling infrastructure, you can expect more in the future.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.