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Update on where we currently stand with regard to the effects of COVID 19 and the impact on ACNM membership with regard to NMDOT projects and interaction from ACNM Executive Director, Mike Beck-

I was invited to participate in a teleconference yesterday with Cabinet Secretary Michael Sandoval and his Administrative staff regarding steps the Department is taking to adhere to the recent directive from the Governor’s office to address the current coronavirus situation. Here are some of the points raised during the phone call:

NMDOT is starting as of this morning to implement “work from home” measures for Department staff. The Governor is asking that 75-80% of DOT staff should be transitioning to work remotely within the next 24-48 hours. This will be in place for at least the next 3 weeks

NMDOT facilities will be closed to the general public for the foreseeable future, and at least for the next 3 weeks

NMDOT communication will be done electronically and/or via conference calls as much as is practicable

Limit the number of people gathered together to no more than 5 and maintain social distancing of 6 feet between individuals

Exceptions to the above will include patrol yards, materials lab, sign shop, who will be working in a scaled-down manner

Necessary Department staff will continue to work in a reduced manner to ensure essential services continue without interruption – this will include Bid Lettings; contract construction and maintenance operations; processing payments to contractors, consultants, and vendors; Ports of Entry; Commercial vehicle permitting; Rest Areas; Road maintenance (clearing crashes, stranded vehicles, animal carcasses, etc.)

Secretary Sandoval and a couple of individuals from his Administrative staff will meet with the ACNM Board of Directors this afternoon via teleconference to go over additional steps being taken that could impact our members and the contracting community. I will provide any additional updates from that meeting later this afternoon. In the meantime, for now, at least, it looks like business as usual, but as we’ve seen over the past couple of days that can change pretty quickly.

Stay tuned . . .