For Rhode Island businesses and employees across all fields — especially our state’s frontline medical workers — the pandemic has provided daily challenges that were both unprecedented and unforeseen. In the heavy and highway construction industry, our “essential workers” status fortunately enabled CIRI member companies to keep infrastructure projects in motion when many other businesses were faced with shutdowns.
In light of this significant opportunity and responsibility, CIRI has worked closely with its members to institute and maintain jobsite policies to help keep workers safe. These include stringent protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID such as regular testing of employees, distancing guidelines during the more severe phases of the pandemic, and ample supply of face masks across all levels of onsite, supervisory and management activity.
The overwhelming voter approval of Question 4, the bond referendum for the Transportation Infrastructure State Match, has provided a much-needed shot in the arm to keep RIDOT’s RhodeWorks program on track. This empowered Rhode Island to access federal funds to make up for COVID-related revenue shortfalls. As our country and state continue to navigate the shifting conditions of the pandemic, CIRI will again do whatever we can to forge safe and secure paths for member companies to keep crucial infrastructure projects moving ahead:
Stephen A. Cardi II