June 9, 2020

Suffolk-DPW-Confirms.jpgSuffolk DPW Confirms Commitment To 2020 Letting Program

With the announcement that Long Island would soon begin the reopening of our economy, LICA received several inquiries regarding the status and scheduling of municipal letting and contract programs for the 2020-21 construction season (in spite of our industry being deemed “essential” during NY Pause). We were pleased to have received the following statement from Suffolk County DPW Commissioner Joe Brown, which in summary, reaffirms Suffolk County’s commitment to moving forward with planned infrastructure projects as well as the other important services DPW provides. We encourage you to read his brief statement, which is printed below. LICA has reached out to Nassau County to see if they can offer similar assurances or provide any additional information regarding Nassau County’s letting program.

In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.6, the Suffolk County Department of Public Works has not suspended any Sanitation, Highway, Waterway, or County Buildings projects. There are a handful of circumstances where the contractors voluntarily suspended work due to COVID-19, but at no cost to the County. Our Sanitation Division has approximately $280 million of active construction contracts and 16 more projects in design. Our Highways/Structures/Waterway Division has approximately $90 million of active construction projects and 60 more projects in design. Our Buildings Design and Construction Division has approximately $25 million of active construction contracts and 35 more projects in design. The County Executive reinforced the need for infrastructure projects and as you can see from the numbers, Suffolk County is keeping our program of important infrastructure projects moving forward during this crisis. We are hopeful that the federal government will respond to the Governor’s pleas in Washington to provide more funding for critical infrastructure to “restart the economy”.



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