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CDOT Appoints Steve Harelson as Chief Engineer

03-Oct-2019 to 19-Nov-2019

On October 2, Steve Harelson was named CDOT's Chief Engineer. He replaces Josh Laipply who took a position with the City and County of Denver as Chief Projects Officer. Steve has been part of CDOT since 2002 and has served as the West Program Engineer in the Denver metro region since 2013. His experience includes hydraulic engineering, planning and design work on both the US 285 and I-70 Mountain Corridors, and work on the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel fire suppression system. Steve also worked extensively on landslides -- leading to expertise in rotational failures that many saw in action just a few months ago, when Steve played an instrumental role in the emergency response on US-36. As Chief Engineer, Steve will work with CDOT's Executive Director, Deputy Director, Executive Management Team and the Transportation Commission to develop long-range business plans and to execute a statewide multi- million engineering program, including highway design, construction, and maintenance.