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Port Temporarily Suspends 20 Ongoing Construction Projects

The Port of Seattle will temporarily suspend roughly 20 current construction projects from Thursday, April 9 to Monday, April 13 to complete reviews and updates of contractors’ jobsite safety plans, an action necessary to protect workers and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Port of Seattle’s Steve Metruck says, “We need to work with our contractors so that they can establish effective safety plans and practices that can carry us forward for the next weeks and months. Our workers and the community will be better off now, and in the long run, if we pause now to get construction safety right.”

The Port required all contractors to submit updated safety plans by March 27 to demonstrate how jobsites would implement public health recommendations. The Port is following recommendations from the U.S. CDC, and state guidelines, opting to suspend ongoing construction projects until it completes its review.

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