What's Happening with the CDOT Central 70 Project?

19-Oct-2016 to 11-Apr-2017

 On October 20, CDOT will release the fourth draft of the Request for Proposals (RFP) to the short­listed teams vying for the developer role on the Central 70 project. The final draft of the RFP is expected to be issued in the spring of 2017 with the final developer selection scheduled for fall of next year. The Central 70 Project is anticipated to provide a variety of employment opportunities from skilled craft positions to administrative support. On September 8, 2016 CDOT met with a group of local stakeholders for a workforce development roundtable. CDOT is using the input from this roundtable and numerous other outreach efforts to develop initiatives that will maximize opportunities for Colorado's workforce through several efforts. These include: 
  • On-­the-­Job Training (OJT) is an official US DOT program targeted to move women, minorities, and disadvantaged individuals into journey­level positions to ensure that a competent workforce is available to meet highway construction hiring needs, and to address the historical under­representation of these groups in highway construction skilled crafts. CDOT's contract with the Central 70 Developer will include an OJT goal (currently proposed at 200,000 hours). 
  • Local Hiring is a new initiative for which CDOT has received approval from the Federal Highway Administration to establish a local hiring goal for the project. This is a new pilot program established by the US DOT and the first time in CDOT history that such a goal will be applied on a project. CDOT staff is working to establish a local hiring goal (currently proposed at 760,000 hours) and associated implementation criteria.