Mapping The Coronavirus Impact On US Construction
March 24, 2020: As news of the coronavirus impact continues to unfold, this page will serve as a way to track projects or cities that have halted construction due to the pandemic.
While this page would otherwise feature updates on non-roadway and nonresidential mega-projects valued at around $1B or more, it’s unlikely we’ll see many changes to these projects that are unrelated to the pandemic for the foreseeable future. Any noteworthy projects that do take a stance on continuing work in areas where others have been shut down will also be updated, but not included on the coronavirus closure’s section of the map.
Latest map updates:
- Boston became the first major U.S. to halt all construction, starting on March 17.
- Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Chilmark and West Tisbury followed Boston’s lead.
- Walt Disney World halted all renovation construction on March 17, after the parks themselves were closed.
- Illinois, California, and New York state lawmakers made “stay at home” orders and shutdowns of nonessential businesses, but most construction work is able to continue with some caveats.
- The San Francisco Bay Area stopped all commercial construction projects on March 16, though work on housing projects continues.
- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the closing of all non-life-sustaining businesses effective March 22, essentially stopping all construction in the state.
- Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California, stopped construction March 23, after Disneyworld did the same the previous week.
- Michigan State University ended construction on March 24, following a stay at home executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
- In Austin, Texas, a shelter in place order went into effect midnight March 25 and effectively halted commercial construction.