LTAP conducted a study to collect and identify common challenges that local public works and transportation agencies faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery. The effort included: (1) a review of existing literature, (2) dissemination of an electronic survey to local Louisiana agencies, and (3) one-on-on interviews with select Louisiana agencies. LTAP recently completed the study and summarized results in a brief white paper, which can be accessed at www.louisianaltap.org/pdf/COVID_Impacts_White_Paper.pdf. The paper lists the most common challenges [refer to the list below], results of the survey (identifying the main difficulties faced by the surveyed agencies and their distribution), actions taken by surveyed agencies in response to budget cuts, and 17 key findings. LTAP would like to thank the 42 agencies who completed the survey. Future extensions of this work will include summarizing how these challenges were overcome, the main lessons learned, and recommendations for better preparedness in the future.
Maintaining a consistent sizeable workforce
Implementing new safety (or other) protocols
Obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) or other materials required for operation
Eliminating or modifying services due to anticipated (or actual) budget cuts
Acquiring relief funding