Ohio contractors group urges governor to keep construction sites open

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The Associated Builders and Contractors Ohio Valley today officially requested that Gov. MIke DeWine keep construction sites open.

Unless every business and the entire economy is shut down due to the coronavirus, construction job sites should remain up and running, according to the association.

The construction industry is dominated by small businesses and many could not survive lengthy shut downs, the group said today in a news release.

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These firms are already anticipating payment delays.

“If the government sites are shut down for employees, it may actually be an ideal time to increase maintenance and construction projects that would normally slow down employees. The roads have never been less travelled,” said John Morris, ABC Ohio Valley Chapter president.

Construction sites may have large numbers of individuals but they are rarely in groups working closely together, according to the association.

Workers always wear protective equipment such as masks and gloves, the group said.

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