News and Announcements
The CDOT Specifications Committee met on March 27, 2014 to discuss updates and changes to construction specifications. Click here for more information on all CDOT specification updates.
- Revision of Section 102 Project Plans and Other Data: this spec change will give the Resident Engineer the tools to provide LANDXML electronic files while a project in under AD, if he feels the earthwork aspects of the work are complicated or large enough to warrant giving electronic documents to contractors to assist with bidding.
- Revision of Sections 518.09, 518.10, & 518.13 Manufacturer’s Representative Requirement: These sections were updated to reflect the new requirement that Manufacturer’s representative be present at all installations of bridge expansion devices and during watertight integrity testing. This representative’s cost shall be included in the work.
- Revision of Sections 105, 105.07: Changes to pavement smoothness requirements
- Revision of Section 601 QC Testing Requirements of Structural Concrete: This section clarified that the contractor shall provide QC testing for concrete on all 601 items and established a schedule and criteria for testing.
- Revision of Section 703 Mineral Filler: This change updates asphalt mineral filler requirements and requires the contractor to test alternate mineral filler at a set frequency.
Effective Thursday, December 26, 2013, CDOT issued a Revised Standard Special Provision that includes new Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) requirements on CDOT construction projects. The new DBE specification will apply to projects having bid openings on or after January 23, 2014. Changes include new guidelines for prime contractors using DBE firms on projects and new forms for submission as part of contract compliance. The CDOT Construction Specifications web page has been updated to reflect the issuance of these special provisions (listed under the December 26, 2014 heading).
CDOT has scheduled three informational webinars in January to provide an overview of changes and instruction on how to complete new required forms. This information will also be provided at an upcoming CDOT Contract Management and Compliance workshop being held in Denver, Grand Junction, and Alamosa.
A “Listening Session” scheduled by US DOT seeking comments on proposed changes to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) regulations that apply to the Federal-aid highway, transit and aviation programs has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 9:00AM - 3:00PM MST. The comment period for the NPRM is reopened and extended to December 26, 2013.
The “Listening Session” was originally set for Oct. 9 but cancelled due to the government shutdown. This initiative was undertaken after comments were received on the 75-page proposal which called into question the real impact of the proposed changes. As a result, DOT has determined that this rulemaking is a “significant” rule and therefore a cost-benefit analysis is necessary before moving forward. DOT’s “Listening Session” and comment period extension were scheduled to provide further input on the “specific, quantifiable costs and benefits” that would result from the proposed changes.
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CDOT is hosting a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 for members of the public to learn more about efforts currently underway to repair US 34 from Estes Park to Loveland. Construction crews are working from both sides of the project to provide a temporary roadway connecting the two communities by December 1, 2013.The town hall will last for one hour and include a panel of representatives from CDOT, Larimer County and Kiewit Construction. A representative with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will also be on hand to answer any questions callers might have about federal assistance. Along with listening to the panelists talk about the project, town hall participants will have the opportunity to answer periodic polling questions using their phone keypad and ask questions of the panelists.
Anyone can participate in the town hall by calling 877-229-8493 at 7 p.m. and entering access number 112034. Registered voters living in Estes Park, Loveland and communities throughout the Big Thompson Canyon will receive a call directly at 7 p.m. asking if they want to participate.
An audio file of the town hall will be posted to CDOT’s website at www.coloradodot.info/travel/floodinfoupdates for those who are unable to participate.
On Sept. 23, CDOT selected Kiewit Infrastructure Co., to conduct temporary repairs along US 34 through the Big Thompson Canyon as part of a plan to restore mobility on some of the state’s most heavily damaged roadways.
For additional project information, call 800-536-4403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on all highway repairs projects can also be found at www.facebook.com/coloradodot.
CDOT has selected contractors to address the following emergency flooding corridors and these prime contractors will be procuring the services necessary to expedite repair and reconstruction in their designated corridors. Please contact the primes directly for subcontracting opportunities. Click here for a list addresses and phone numbers.
- US 34 between Glade Road and Estes Park: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
- State Highway (SH) 7 between Lyons and Raymond: Skanska USA Civil West and Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction
- Highways East of I-25: Lawrence Construction Co. and URS Corporation
- SH 72 between SH 93 and SH 119: Lawrence Construction Co.
- US 34 between Glade Road and the Dam Store: Coulson Excavating Co.
- US 34 between Greeley and Kersey: Zak Dirt, Inc.
- US 34 Business between 20th Street to US 34 Mainline in Greeley: Connell Resources, Inc.
- US 36 between Lyons and Estes Park: National Guard
- US 36 south of SH 66: Structures, Inc.
- US 36 near Left Hand Canyon Road: American West Construction, LLC
- SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Cameron Pass: American Civil Constructors, Inc.
- SH 39 between Goodrich and I-76 and SH 144 between US 34 and Weldona: Mountain Constructors, Inc.
- SH 71 near Snyder: Castle Rock Construction Co.
- SH 119 between Boulder and Nederland: SEMA Construction, Inc.
- SH 257 between SH 60 in Milliken to US 34: TLM Constructors
The recent flooding along the Colorado Front Range has caused massive devastation and damage to the state highway, bridge, and roadway system. Small business contractors have an opportunity to help restore communities and facilitate safe travel for the public in areas hard hit by flood waters.
CDOT has an emergency maintenance procedure to expedite support from the contracting community so resources and equipment can be mobilized quickly. Regional Project Engineers and Environmental Managers can contract directly with businesses without going through a formal bidding process. That means they are making calls to contractors to help but they need to know about you to call you!
If you're interested in assisting with cleanup, restoration, or rebuilding efforts, please take the following steps:
- Review the CDOT Emergency Maintenance Procedure document to understand how services are obtained by CDOT.
- Contact Prime Contractors that have been selected by CDOT to provide reconstruction support in various corridors.
- Check the Bidding section of the CDOT website for upcoming and awarded emergency flooding solicitations.
- Register for Colorado BIDS to receive notices of CDOT projects.
- Contact Key Individuals and Project Managers in the affected areas (primarily CDOT Region 4) to make them aware of your services and availability.
- Contact CDOT Environmental Planners and Managers in the affected areas to see if they need support.
- Contact the Regional Civil Rights Manager in the affected areas for more information about potential emergency maintenance needs.
- Get Prequalified by CDOT to work as a prime contractor if there are project opportunities you can bid on directly.
A new group has been put together at CDOT to focus on rebuilding damaged parts of Colorado’s highway system. The CDOT Infrastructure Recovery Force (IR Force) will be responsible for clearing, repairing and reconstructing as many components of the damaged state highway system as possible by December 1. The group will also provide coordination and assistance to local government in re-establishing critical links to local roads, bridges, water, sewer, power and communications.
The mission will focus on two areas:
- Response: Including debris clearing, temporary road building and portable bridges. The work will be conducted by CDOT staff, emergency contractors and National Guard where possible. This work will be conducted in the next few months.
- Recovery: Including more traditional infrastructure construction which will occur over the next year to establish permanent roadways and bridges.
CDOT has published a draft Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal Setting Methodology for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) assisted contracts for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2014 - 2016. CDOT is proposing an overall annual DBE goal of 1.26 percent for FTA-funded projects.
CDOT’s Division of Transit and Rail (DTR) receives, distributes, and oversees the use of federal funds received by FTA. Most DTR FTA funds are granted to transit providers in rural areas. These grantees (or subrecipients) then contract for goods and services creating indirect FTA-assisted contracting opportunities for DBE firms.
The overall annual FTA DBE goal and a description of the goal setting methodology are currently available for review and comment. Comments will be accepted in writing until July 18, 2013. Please submit your comments via email to email@example.com.
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Hard copies will be available for inspection during normal business hours until July 3, 2013 at the following location:
CDOT Civil Rights and Business Resource Center
4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
CDOT is hosting a joint Pre-Bid Conference and Networking Session for two significant highway construction projects on July 9, 2013:
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