MDOT Issues “COVID-19 Field Operations Guidance”

On Wednesday, March 25th, MDOT issued COVID-19 Field Operations Guidance for the purpose of ensuring that all employees working on construction projects in the field, performing critical infrastructure functions on behalf of the MDOT, are provided clear instruction and the necessary resources to keep themselves and their co-workers safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, and to slow the community spread of COVID-19.

The guidance is being issued in relation to the current direction from Governor Whitmer’s office and recommendations from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

The MDOT guidance indicates that pursuant to the Standard Specifications for Construction, subsections 104.07.B, 107.01, and 107.05, the Engineer is to require that the Contractor develop and submit a project-specific COVID-19 guidance document.

The Contractor’s guidance document must explain how individuals engaged in the project work are to conduct activities in the field consistent with the practices of social distancing and the universal precautions recommended by the CDC as they relate to COVID-19. Individuals covered by the Contractor’s guidance document include employees of, the Contractor, subcontractors, suppliers, vendors, service providers, consultants, local agencies, regulatory agencies, utility companies, etc.

Per MDOT’s instructions, the Contractor’s project-specific COVID-19 guidance document must be completed and issued as soon as possible, but by no later than noon, Friday, March 27th.

The MDOT Field Operations Guidance does include a sample guidance document that the Contractor may use as their base guidance.

Click here to view and download the MDOT COVID-19 Field Operations Guidance document.

If you have any questions about the details of what you include in a project-specific COVID-19 guidance documents, please contact Greg Brooks, Director of Safety and Compliance, at, or Rob Coppersmith, VP of Member Services, at