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April 9, 2020
SEATTLE — Public works projects in the city of Seattle are on a two-day hiatus beginning today.
Mayor Jenny Durkan earlier this week announced that the city will require contractors and employees working on public works projects in Seattle to suspend work until Saturday. That includes projects that fall under Gov. Jay Inslee's “essential” projects list that can keep going under his stay-at-home order.
“Our foremost priority is the safety of our essential workers,” said Durkan in a news release. “While critical infrastructure and public safety projects continue, including the repair of the West Seattle Bridge and construction of affordable housing, it is also imperative our job sites have implemented public health guidance that ensures the health and safety of their workers.”
The city says the suspension will allow contractors and staff to implement rigorous social distancing requirements and update health and safety plans.