Faegre Drinker associate Anna Covert wrote an article for the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) “2x4x10” fall 2020 newsletter, discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the U.S. transportation construction industry, including where it is today and where it is going as the country recovers.
In Covert’s article, titled “‘No, You Go First, I Insist.’: How Will State and Federal Government Support and Fund Transportation Projects to Recover from the Effects of COVID-19?,” she described how stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders affected the transportation construction industry. The immediate response of federal, state and local transportation agencies included defining essential services and responding to changes as public transportation halted.
“While most construction continued — albeit more slowly in many cases — agencies turned their attention to unimaginable budget and funding shortfalls,” Covert said. She also described revenue funding concerns in the transportation sector.
Looking to the future, Covert stated that “funding obligations will require creativity” and how it may still be “too early to predict the size and scope of final legislation.”
The full article is available for ABA members.