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Rob Beck Selected as New Program Engineer for CDOT's Region 3 East Program


When Martha Miller retired from CDOT earlier this year, the search was on for a highly qualified and knowledgeable engineer to take her place and lead the charge for the Region 3 East Program area. Rob Beck rose to the top of an outstanding group of candidates vying for the position. Rob is currently the Region Engineer (RE) at CDOT's Grand Junction Residency. He started his long-term career at CDOT in 1996 in the Geotech Unit at HQ. He spent 10 years there and then moved to Region 5 to be a PE I for the Durango/Alamosa Residency. He was then promoted to PE II in 2011 to Resident Engineer at the Craig Residency and transferred to the Grand Junction Residency in 2013. Rob will start his new role as the Program Engineer for the Region 3 East Program Area on July 27, 2020. Join us in congratulating Rob and supporting him in this new role.

CDOT Accepting Comments on Proposed Changes to Project Specific Professional Services Contracts


At the CDOT Professional Services Collaborative Forum on July 9, CDOT unveiled proposed changes for Project Specific contracts related to small business participation and tracking. These changes are a follow up to the new compliance requirements implemented for Non-Project Specific (NPS) contracts as of January 1, 2020. Many of the proposed changes mirror the new process that are in place for NPS contracts including:

  • Affidavit of Small Business Participation with RFP proposals
  • Proposal scoring for DBE and ESB participation
  • DBE/ESB participation plan and Letters of Intent from vendors
  • required for task order requests
  • DBE commitment modification process
  • B2GNow prompt payments
  • Closing process
The key differences include:

  • DBE goal setting on the master contract only
  • DBE commitments using percentages rather than dollar values
  • Review and enforcement of commitments when the master contract is completed

CDOT encourages all Professional Services Consultant to review the proposed changes and provide comments by July 31 to the Forum Advisory Board or Task Force Representatives. CDOT plans to incorporate feedback and finalize the changes in August followed by virtual training sessions in September. The new processes are expected to applyto all Project Specific contracts awarded after October 1, 2020.

CDOT Re-Bid Opportunity Ripe for Small Business Prime Contractors


Last month, CDOT advertised a maintenance project in Region 4 to remove and replace ground-mounted signs on I-25 northbound from mile marker 269.64 to the Wyoming state border. The original notice to bidders was titled MTCE 0253-271 (22870). Only one contractor submitted a bid and it was rejected by CDOT because it was over budget. CDOT is planning to re-advertise the project in late September. This is a great opportunity for DBE, ESB, and other small businesses to compete as a prime contractor or team due to the expectation of low competition. The project has an expected construction cost of less than $1 million. ESB certified firms who are interested in bidding as a prime and need help with bonding can leverage CDOT's Bond Assistance Program which will connect you to qualified surety agent to help you obtain a bond or provide a bond guarantee to your existing surety to increase your bond. Connect2DOT also offers free assistance to ensure the accuracy of your estimate and completeness of your bid, as well as providing experienced construction industry mentors who can help you perform successfully on CDOT projects. Keep an eye out for this opportunity at the end of September on CDOT's bidding web page

CDOT Forecasting an Increase in Construction Bidding Starting in October


The Transportation Commission and CDOT staff met this week to provide a current status and updates on a variety of operations including funding for upcoming construction projects. There is currently $107 million available to be programmed from the SB 267 Year 2 funding received by CDOT last month. After delivering sobering news of impending budget cuts, CDOT is now working on a list of "add back" projects in each of the regions across the state. Despite ongoing funding shortfalls, the outlook for contractors is still positive. There are currently 9 projects open for bidding and last week alone CDOT opened bids for 8 projects. Two of those projects only had two bidders which leaves a lot of room for additional competition. CDOT anticipates a slight lull in advertisements during August and September but October is set to be a big month. CDOT Chief Engineer Steve Harrelson said contractors should get ready for a total of about $300 million in projects that will go out for bid by the end of the year with construction on these starting next year.

Free Legal Assistance for Small Businesses with COVID-Related Issues


Small businesses in Colorado have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 economic crisis, with minority and woman-owned small businesses being hit the hardest. Professional legal volunteers have offered to provide free assistance with COVID-related legal issues to help small businesses get back on their feet. The Colorado COVID Small Business Legal Project is a joint effort of several organizations:

  • The Office of the Colorado Attorney General
  • The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International
  • Trade (OEDIT)
  • The law firms of WilmerHale and Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
  • The Colorado Lawyers Committee

The program matches small businesses with legal volunteers via an online application for assistance. There are also other legal resources available, including webinars, to help small businesses, particularly minority and woman-owned small businesses, meet the challenges of the pandemic.

CDOT Offering $4.1 Million to Cities for Small-Scale Reopening Grants


Communities wanting to make creative modifications to state roadways or other public spaces as a way of promoting public health during the COVID emergency can now apply for a small-scale grant from CDOT. This initiative is supporting the Can Do Community Challenge, as part of the statewide Can Do Colorado campaign. Many Colorado cities already have plans to temporarily close streets and give restaurants and other businesses more space to serve their customers. This supports the state's new guidelines that allow restaurants to reopen while encouraging more outdoor dining to help ensure social distancing. However, these changes come with costs for additional safety measures such as traffic barriers, bollards, signage, and on-road painting. 

CDOT's Revitalizing Main Streets grants are intended to help cities offset these costs and safely improve the economy with innovative socially-distanced activities. Grant funding can be used to make changes such as temporarily reducing traffic in a downtown area, providing more bicycle and pedestrian access along the state highway, and converting parking spots and roads into plazas. CDOT contractors are uniquely positioned to assist cities with these changes and should reach out to see how they can help. CDOT is also is offering micro grants up to $5,000 for communities that promote telework to reduce commuter traffic on local roads

CDOT Awarded $60.7 Million from US DOT for Vail Pass Improvements


CDOT will receive a $60.7 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to make improvements to Vail Pass on I-70 between mile post 180 and 190. The funding will be used for:

  • Constructing an eastbound auxiliary lane
  • Reconstructing the eastbound bridge over Polk Creek
  • Shoulder widening
  • Westbound curve modifications
  • Reconstruction of a truck ramp
  • Dynamic message signs
  • A variable speed limit system
  • Automated anti-icing technologies
Work on the I-70 West Vail Pass Auxiliary Lanes project is expected to begin in 2021. This grant will provide nearly half of the $140 million total project cost.

CDOT and Denver DSBO Partnering on Virtual Business Planning Program


CDOT and the City & County of Denver want to help you get back to business stronger than ever! After getting put on hold due to the COVID19 crisis, the LEADING EDGE for Transportation program is now set to kick off virtually on August 12, 2020. This 9-week advanced business program is for small and disadvantaged businesses in engineering, construction, and other transportation-related fields. Companies will receive virtual coaching, interactive training, peer learning, and insights from staff representing CDOT, City and County of Denver, and several large prime contractors. 

August 12, 2020 - September 30, 2020
Every Thursday for 9 weeks (includes final graduation)
5:30pm - 8:30pm
$200 deposit (75% off) and FREE if you complete the class

Click here to register You can RSVP to learn more at a virtual information session on July 22 or August 5 . Scholarships are available for qualifying businesses committed to completing the course and submitting a business plan. Email or call (720) 624-6728.

CDOT Staff Encouraged to Work Remotely Through Labor Day


CDOT will not require staff to return to the office prior to September 7th and employees may be asked or provided the opportunity to continue to work from home beyond that date. Earlier this month, CDOT Director Shoshana Lew shared what it will look like at CDOT for the next few months. In a written statement on CDOT's website, Director Lew said; "Given that it is clear that our current efforts to limit staff
exposure to one another is helping to significantly limit spread of COVID-19 at CDOT, our goal is to maintain these protocols to the maximum extent possible through at least Labor Day. For maintenance, that means we will be, by and large, continuing shift schedules, and that all of our protocols for social distancing and cleaning equipment still apply." 

For contractors and consultants, this means you should expect your communications and business development efforts with CDOT staff to be virtual throughout the summer. Many of the "temporary" procedures related to virtual pre-bid meetings, phone conference public bid openings, electronic document signatures, and more will continue for the next several months. Check CDOT's Business Center for more information about individual department policies.

Trucking/Hauling Resources Available Online for CDOT Subcontractors


If you want to haul equipment, dirt, asphalt, and other materials for CDOT projects, you'll need to have a basic understanding about what's required for trucking firms on highway construction projects. Whether you're an owner/operator, have several trucks in your fleet, are working with a broker, or subcontracting directly to a general contractor, it's important to know the rules and regulations before you drive on site. 

Contact Connect2DOT if you would like access to any of the resources below:

  • Know CDOT's Specifications regarding hauling
  • Understand DOT safety requirements
  • Obtain the proper permits, if necessary
  • Get DBE certified if you're eligible
  • Watch a webinar on labor compliance for trucking firms
  • Read the CDOT trucking compliance manual
  • Attend a webinar about certified payrolls and LCPTracker
  • Join the next virtual Construction Collaborative Forum
  • Get free help with insurance, bidding, contracts, and more

CDOT Construction Collaborative Forum Going Virtual in June with a Spotlight on Trucking


June 22, 2020
Click here to register

CDOT's quarterly forum will be a virtual discussion with contractors that will include a special presentation by the Colorado Motor Carriers Association about best practices in trucking safety, common compliance issues, and how to resolve them.

Ryan of Front Range Compliance is a former Colorado State Patrol Trooper who was the rank of Technician in the Motor Carrier Safety Section. During Ryan's time with the Colorado State Patrol he became a Master Instructor for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and was the DOT Training Coordinator for the State of Colorado. If you are a trucking firm, or you subcontract to trucking firms, you don't want to miss this conversation!

CDOT Anticipating Funding and Project Reductions Due to COVID-19


CDOT, like most organizations, is not immune to the economic impacts of COVID-19. Last year, CDOT developed a 10-year TransportationPlan based upon community feedback and last month they released a list of priority projects to be funded over the next four years. During the Transportation Commission meeting in April and a subsequent special meeting on May 7th, CDOT reconfirmed their commitment to the Plan but noted that adjustments to the budget and planned projects are necessary as a result of COVID-19. The $500 million of debt that CDOT was set to receive from the state Treasurer in March for Year 2 of SB 267 has been delayed until the end of this month. Even if CDOT receives all of the promised funds, the agency still expects to lose about $250 million over the next four years in general fund revenue and gas tax due to people staying at home and driving less. Although CDOT is "planning for the worst, and working toward the best," contractors can expect to see several major projects put on hold and others likely cut from the schedule this year. Unfortunately, current projections also show that the budget shortfall for FY 2021 could exceed that in the current year unless additional funding is made available from a Federal stimulus package or other sources.

The good news is that projects that are in process and multi-year projects that depend on more funding to continue, such as I-25 South Gap and US 550/US 160 Connection South, will proceed on schedule. CDOT plans to honor all awarded projects and they intend to proceed with all projects that are waiting for a notice to proceed, once they get clarification on the next round of SB 267 funding. Additionally, projects that received Federal grant/partnership funding will also move forward as planned. Of the 35 SB 267 projects planned for this year, 18 fall into the categories above and will keep going (shown on page 9). The remaining will be evaluated and added back to the schedule as funding becomes available. Contractors should continue to monitor CDOT's 90-day Forecast (Go Sheet) of upcoming projects and sign up for the Connect2DOT Bid Matching System to be notified of advertised construction bids. For more information, tune into the next Transportation Commission meeting on May 21. Click here for the agenda and a link to the online meeting.

CDOT Releases 2019 Construction Manual


On May 1, CDOT released a current and consolidated update of the Construction Manual which is an operational manual that defines the criteria and procedures to be used by CDOT Project Engineers, Project Inspectors, and contracted Consultants in the administration of construction contracts. Although the Manual follows the general outline of CDOT's Standard Specifications, it is not a specification and should not be interpreted as such. Any section references are specific to this Manual unless otherwise noted. Printed copies are not available but a PDF can be downloaded from CDOT'swebsite.

Special COVID-19 Resources for Contractors


Every day, new information is being shared about COVID-19. Thankfully, the resources for small businesses continue to grow. Below are some tips we've gathered from a variety of industry sources, specifically for construction contractors working during Stay-At-Home Executive Order. Click here to view a PDF of the Connect2DOT announcement.

Registration Open for CDOT's Annual Contractor Compliance Training


CDOT is rolling out a comprehensive set of civil rights compliance workshops between January 29 - March 5 that will provide critical information for prime and sub contractors and consultants, as well as internal CDOT staff and construction oversight personnel. CDOT Civil Rights and Business Resource Center will be hosting 2 full days of training in all 5 CDOT Regions. The format for the 2 days in each location is as follows.

  • Day 1 for Construction Contractors - Full Day (8 hours). Ensure compliance with federal regulations for DBE and ESB utilization, On-theJob Training (OJT), Certified payrolls, FHWA Form 1273, Prompt payment reporting, and B2GNow and LCPTracker system responsibilities.
  • Day 2 for Construction Management Consultants & Project Engineers - Morning Half Day (4 hours). Project oversight staff and consultants will get updates about DBE and ESB goals, commitments, and counting, monitoring LCPTracker for OJT and Certified Payroll issues, and checking B2GNow for prompt payment discrepancies.
  • Day 2 for Professional Services Consultants & Engineers on Highway and Bridge Design - Afternoon Half Day (4 hours). Repeat of the training offered in December about DBE goals and commitments and a new scoring rubric for CDOT Non-Project Specific (NPS) contracts. 

Contractors and consultants are encouraged to register and attend the sessions that apply to the type of work you provide on CDOT projects. This annual training provides information and updates you MUST know in order to perform successfully and be in compliance on CDOT projects. Click here for a full schedule of dates and locations.

HPTE Announces New Unsolicited Proposal Policy for Innovative Transportation Ideas


The High-Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) Board of Directors recently approved a new HPTE Unsolicited Proposal Policy. The goal of the policy is to bring in new revenue-generating ideas for transportation improvements in Colorado. The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. It searches out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express Lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling. 

The new policy streamlines and simplifies the process for private sector companies to submit innovative proposals that could provide much needed transportation improvements to benefit the state's transportation system. If you have a unique idea that offers an innovative and efficient means of completing surface transportation infrastructure projects or generates revenue and/or other value to HPTE/CDOT based upon current transportation priorities, visit the the HTPE website to learn more about the new policy.

CDOT Makes Organizational Changes to Better Align with Strategic Priorities


Under the direction of CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew, a number of changes were made to CDOT's organizational structure last year to better align departments with overall priorities. Here is a wrap up of those changes to help you navigate the new internal structure.

  • Mobility Operations - The Division of Mobility Operations (formerly known as the Division of Transportation Systems Management & Operations) was responsible for the development of a statewide program designed to reduce congestion and improve the safety and reliability of CDOT's existing highway system. This Division was dissolved, and its functions were transferred to the newly created Division of Maintenance and Operations and the Office of Innovative Mobility.
  • Division of Maintenance and Operations - The Division of Highway Maintenance (DHM) was reorganized into the Division of Maintenance and Operations, and traffic operations and incident management functions were transferred from the former Division of Mobility Operations to DHM to achieve optimal coordination and efficiency. 
  • Office of Innovative Mobility - The Office of Innovative Mobility was created as a part of Governor Polis' focus on expanding multimodal transportation options for Colorado travelers. The Office integrates the Department's Division of Transit and Rail with other means of expanding mobility options, including through ridesharing, electrification, and emerging technologies.
  • Division of Engineering - The Division of Engineering was divided into three distinct branches, which include Engineering Standards and Services, Program Management Services, and Construction Engineering Services.

CDOT Moving to BidNet Direct Next Year for Procurement and Engineering Bids


Though a competitive process, CDOT selected BidNet to consolidate their various bidding systems into a single solution. BidNet currently hosts the Rocky Mountain ePurchasing System and CDOT Procurement currently uses the platform to advertise solicitations for goods and services. Once the contract finalized, CDOT will work with BidNet to transition solicitations and bid submissions for Procurement (goods and services) and Engineering (professional services) from the CDOT Supplier Self-Service Portal (SuSS) to the BidNet Direct platform. Construction bidding will still be done through the BidExpress system, pending further development of BidNet functionality.

More than 230 government agencies in Colorado currently use BidNet Direct for purchasing, as w ell as numerous other purchasing groups throughout the country. Agencies publish, distribute, and award contracts through the system and vendors receive exclusive bid opportunities directly from buying agencies. Consultants and vendors who are interested in bidding on CDOT solicitations will be able to register, search, and submit bids to CDOT and other agencies in Colorado and Wyoming for free. 

While vendors may view and submit bids at no cost, BidNet does charge a nominal monthly fee for customers interested in receiving email push notifications of solicitations. As the new system rolls out, CDOT will also evaluate BidNet features to determine if other solicitation and contract processes, including Alternative Delivery, can be completed using BidNet. Look for more information from CDOT in the coming year as they work on transitioning and launching on BidNet Direct.

CDOT Moving to Electronic Signatures for Engineering and Construction Contracts


Get ready to e-sign your CDOT contracts! Starting on January 1, 2020, CDOT is officially adopting DocuSign for Engineering and Construction contracts. This change will help expedite contracts and reduce paper. Earlier this year, CDOT piloted DocuSign e-signatures on highway construction contracts. This month, they launched e-signatures for professional services consultant (engineering) contracts. The pilot was successful and the contracting community responded with their full support. The new electronic process will start with CDOT sending an email to the contractor's authorized signator. The contractor will then be able to sign the contract document with the click of a button. CDOT is excited to share this technology with contractors and we have every confidence it will help expedite the delivery of projects throughout the state.

CDOT Unveils $1.6 Billion Roadmap of Projects Over the Next 3 Years


Last month, the Colorado Transportation Commission approved a plan to invest nearly $1.6 billion of funds provided from the state's general fund by the legislature. Funding priorities were determined based upon a statewide outreach project called Your Transportation Plan. A forecast of projects slated for this new funding can be found on CDOT's website. The project categories range from repaving and bridge repair to full-scale rebuilds of deteriorating sections to efforts to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists on CDOT-controlled urban arterials, such as Federal Boulevard in Denver.

Nearly 40% of the $1.6 billion w ill be devoted to I-25 projects, the largest of which is estimated at $250 million to expand the scope of the 14-mile I-25 North express lanes project that's already underway between Johnstown and Fort Collins. Other major capacity projects include a down payment towards fixing Floyd Hill and rebuilding I-270, among others. The list also includes 41 repaving projects on 500 miles of smaller rural roads in every region of the state, totaling $337 million.

An overall look at the budget show s 57% of the $1.6 billion w ill go toward projects that include repaving or bridge improvements and replacements and 88% will go toward projects that include safety improvements. A total of 78% will go to urban or rural interstate projects, and 22% to rural projects off the interstates.

Lawrence and RS&H Awarded the CDOT US 550/US 160 Connection South Project


CDOT has announced selection of the team of Lawrence Construction and RS&H to design and construct the $98.6 million US 550/160 Connection South Design Build Project just south of Durango. The team was selected from two short-listed design-build teams that submitted proposals last October. 

CDOT Project Director David Valentinelli said that while CDOT identified specific work that was required for the project, it was also important to select a team that would provide additional value. "We were looking for a team that could stretch our funding as far as possible," explained Valentinelli. "The selected team, of Lawrence Construction and RS&H, Inc. went above and beyond to identify innovative methods to ensure that additional improvements will be made to greatly improve this busy corridor and regional crossroads."

Once the contract has been finalized, a Notice to Proceed will be issued and design work will get underway immediately. Construction is expected to begin this spring and will continue through 2022. Interested subcontractors can find project team contact information and sign up as an Interested Vendor on the project website:

CDOT Requiring Certification for All Field Materials Technicians in 2020


Starting January 1, 2020, all field Materials Technicians working on CDOT projects, including CDOT staff and consultants, must demonstrate proficiency by passing an exam and earning Materials Technician Certification. The certification program was developed because CDOT discovered there was limited know ledge about what is expected of technicians on CDOT projects. This led to issues such as communication gaps, lack of clarity in roles and responsibilities, lack of preparation when arriving on projects, and lack of know ledge related to testing and documentation requirements. 

The certification program addresses these issues. It consists of two separate courses:

  • Facilitator-led SiteManager Materials and LIMS-Sampler/Tester class
  • Online Materials Technician Training with end-of-course exam

These two courses are free of cost but require a separate registration. The SiteManager Materials and LIMS-Sampler/Tester class must be completed before registering for the online exam. Register today so your techs are ready for the 2020 construction season! To register for the class or just the exam (if you completed the LIMS class previously), go to the CDOT TETP website, download the registration template form, and fill out the highlighted orange columns for each individual. Email the form to Allison Wilson, CDOT Training Manager, and you'll receive further instructions including a "What you Need to Know " before you start the course.

Congratulations to the CDOT 2020 Mentor-Protégé Teams


CDOT chose six teams to participate in the 2020 Mentor-Protégé Program. The teams self-selected their partnerships and submitted a comprehensive application and plan with defined goals for the mentorship. The 2020 cohort is comprised of firms that cover a wide range of A&E and construction services and are well-positioned to work together on CDOT and other industry projects.

*Note: These teams have extended their participation for a second year. 

In addition to helping each other learn and grow, the teams will receive; preferential scoring on professional services contracts, exclusive networking events with CDOT leadership and stakeholders, all access passes to the 2020 CDOT Transportation Summit, preferred entry into CDOT's Bonding Assistance Program, reimbursement for mentoring and training costs, and formal recognition from CDOT upon graduation after tw o successful program years. We'll keep you posted on how the teams are doing throughout the year so you can track their success and start building your own relationships to apply for the 2021 program!

CDOT Offering Statewide Training on Changes to DBE Processes on CDOT NPS Contracts


CDOT is implementing changes to various DBE elements on Non-Project Specific (NPS) contracts advertised after January 1, 2020. These changes include: 

  • New NPS contract language
  • Updated civil rights scoring criteria for SOI's
  • Advisory DBE goal setting on Master Contracts
  • Optional DBE goal re-evaluation process per Task Order
  • New DBE commitment tracking process
  • Updated enforcement mechanisms per Task Order

CDOT is offering in-depth workshops about these changes in each of the regions before the end of the year. All consultants and any firms involved with highway design projects are highly encouraged to attend so you understand the new rules.

Register today for regional training

  • Region 5 - Durango: November 21, 8am -12pm
  • Region 3 - Grand Junction: December 5, 8am - 12pm
  • Region 4 - Greeley: December 9, 8:45am - 12:45pm
  • Region 2 - Pueblo: December 17, 9:30am - 1:30pm

Note: Region 1 training in Denver and Golden are sold out. Additional training will be available in the spring of 2020. Click here for more information.

Leading Edge for Transportation Course Starts January 16th in Colorado Springs


Get ready to join the next cohort of successful construction and engineering entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs. Tune up your business plan in 2020 and learn how to strategically build capacity and grow your business. This 9-week business development program will cover: 

  1. Chart Your Course: Refocusing your mission, vision, goals, and core values.
  2. Show Me the Money: Understand your financial position and forecasting cash flow projections for hiring, equipment acquisition, and expansion.
  3. Marketing Magnetism: Successful marketing strategies for small businesses.
  4. Mastering Government Contracting: Navigating certifications, target customers, bid opportunities, and the small business sweet spot for successful contractors.
  5. Bidding to Win: Understanding how much to charge and using tools and tricks to create more accurate cost estimates (split session for A&E and construction)
  6. Operational Efficiency: Improving systems and policies for HR, bonding, insurance, cybersecurity, and more. 
  7. Meet the Primes: Get the inside scoop on what primes are looking for and how you can stand out from the crowd during an exclusive panel discussion.
  8. Business Plan Reinvented: Charge forward with a presentation of your business plan and receive 360-degree input from your coaches and peers.
  9. Graduation! Celebrate your success with family, friends, and peers and get recognized by program hosts including CDOT, CO SBDC Network, and more!
Click here to register today and get 50% off!
  • January 16 - March 12
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm (Thursday evenings)
  • Pikes Peak SBDC, 559 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs
  • $400 deposit - Register today and it's only $200. Complete the course and your deposit will be refunded making it FREE!

Information sessions will be held on December 18 and January 2 if you would like to learn more. 

SEMA Construction Selected for CDOT R2 CM/GC Military Access Project


Last month, SEMA Construction was selected by CDOT and has been recommended for contract award for Construction Management/General Contractor services on the Region 2 Military Access, Mobility and Safety Improvement Project. This project will focus on strategically enhancing connectivity and accessibility at several military bases and facilities in and around Colorado Springs. The scope of work includes building a mile-long passing lane on westbound CO 94, widening a section of South Academy Boulevard to three lanes, installing median barriers on a 7.5-mile stretch of I-25 between the exits at South Academy Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue, improving the Charter Oak Ranch Road and Santa Fe Avenue intersection, and reconstructing the roadway out to Gate 19 of Fort Carson. Interested subcontractors should reach out directly to SEMA to find out about potential opportunities. Construction is scheduled to begin early next year.

USDOT Bonding Education Program Starts January 15th in Denver


USDOT West Central Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) is offering a 7-week intensive program that helps small businesses get business-ready to bond. Participants will learn from top executives in construction accounting, contract negotiation, dispute resolution, strategic planning, marketing, surety and project estimating. Participants will also get to meet privately with a bonding agent to determine a plan to bond or increase their bonding capacity.

Register today at

  • January 15 - February 26
  • 4pm - 7pm (Wednesday evenings)
  • AGC of Colorado, 1114 W 7th Ave #200, Denver, CO
  • FREE to qualified businesses

Changes Coming to Small Business Elements on CDOT NPS Professional Services Contracts


Effective on all Non-Project Specific (NPS) advertisements as of January 1, 2020, CDOT will be changing the contract structure, monitoring, and enforcement processes for DBE participation on NPS Professional Services contracts. CDOT's Civil Rights Division worked closely with a task force comprised of large and small firms, DBEs, and industry association members to develop the details of these changes, and vetted them with internal stakeholders and the previous Chief Engineer. These changes include: 

  • Consultants will have the ability to request a re-evaluation of Task Order DBE goals 
  • CDOT will be enforcing DBE Commitments on individual Task Orders via sanctions
  • CDOT will be adjusting its Civil Rights scoring rubric to encourage new teaming partners, DBE team members, and qualitative approach to compliance
An advisory DBE goal will be set on the Master Contract and flow down to each Task Order, as it does in the current contract framework. Taking into consideration a variety of criteria, including DBE availability, type of work being performed, and regional location, CDOT Civil Rights may adjust Task Order level goals accordingly using a re-evaluation process. The objective of Task Order level DBE goals/adjustments is to increase DBE utilization through a more narrowly tailored Scope of Work. 

Along with DBE goal setting changes, the 10 points dedicated to Civil Rights for scoring the NPS Statement of Interest (SOI) will be redistributed. There are also improved processes in place for the modification to the DBE commitment, as well as more detailed enforcement language for unapproved, unmet commitments.

The Civil Rights team will be discussing this topic further at the October 24 Professional Services Small Business Collaborative Forum. Please plan to attend to learn more and get your questions answered. CDOT will also be hosting half day workshops for consultants in each CDOT Region during November and December. Consultants are highly encouraged to attend to learn more about these process changes and to prepare for the upcoming Project Specific (PS) process modifications that will go into effect later in 2020. Check the CDOT Civil Rights website or Connect2DOT Event Calendar for upcoming training  dates.

CDOT Soliciting On-call Services for Environmental Engineering and Bridge Inspections


CDOT is currently seeking professional services firms or teams for two NonProject Specific (NPS) contracts. These contracts will be used on a statewide basis and typically cover a 5-year period. 

NPS Environmental Engineering & Remediation Services
CDOT will be hiring one consultant or team to provide hazardous waste remediation services, as described in the Scope of Work. The purpose of the work is to remediate hazardous waste, toxic substances, solid waste and petroleum contaminated sites as regulated by State and Federal statutes and regulations on an "as needed" basis. Proposals are due on October 24, 2019. The DBE goal for this project is 12%.

NPS Bridge Asset Management, Inspection, and Load Rating Services
CDOT will be hiring three consultants or teams to provide CDOT Staff Bridge with bridge asset management, inspection, and project support at locations throughout Colorado where additional resources may be needed. Additional information about the specifics of the work are outlined in the Scope of Work. Proposals are due on October 31, 2019.

SBA Increases Small Business Size Standards for All NAICS Codes


Make sure to check your NAICS code size standards based on receipts, because the SBA has increased them across the board to give small businesses more time to grow. As of August 19, the SBA increased the monetary-based industry size standards (meaning receipts-based and assetsbased size standards). This change is a result of adjustments for inflation that the SBA makes every five years. The SBA calculated that inflation increased 8.37% since the previous inflation adjustment in June 2014. The SBA said they will review these size standards again in the near future to determine whether further adjustments are needed based on industry and Federal market conditions. 

The change affects receipts-based size standards for 518 industries including those typically considered for DBE and ESB certification. For example, the size standard for Engineering Services (NAICS 541330) increased from $15 million to $16.5 million and the size standard for Highway, Street and Bridge Construction increased from $36.5 million to $39.5 million. Click here for a table of all the new size standards for each individual NAICS code. Because most small business certifications including DBE, CDOT ESB, Denver M/WBE and RTD SBE use SBA's size standards to classify a business concern as "small", some firms may now be eligible for certification and some certified firms may stay eligible for a longer period of time.

CDOT Appoints Steve Harelson as Chief Engineer


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.

CDOT Launches "The Mountain Rules" Truck Safety Program


CDOT has launched a safety program geared toward truckers who traverse mountainous terrain. The Mountain Rules is a safety initiative meant to educate in-state and interstate trucking companies and drivers about the challenges of driving through mountains. The program is a partnership between CDOT, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Motor Carriers Association, and driver alert providers PrePass Safety Alliance and Drivewyze. Colorado's high elevation, topography and severe weather can present challenges for drivers and they may experience a brake failure. 

The program encourages commercial carriers to use truck ramps should their brakes fail and know that they will not be cited by law enforcement for using the ramp. In addition to an educational effort, The Mountain Rules consists of infrastructure and informational improvements, including: Signing eastbound Interstate 70 and all eastbound chain stations, east of the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnels, with information on the brake check locations for truckers. 

  • Restriping the wide eastbound exit ramp at the Genesee Park Interchange into a more-defined short-term truck parking area where overheated brakes can cool down and equipment checks can take place prior to the final descent into the Golden area. 
  • Alerts from a new subscription-based, in-cab alert system, warning truck drivers about specific areas where brake failures could occur, and the location of brake check and runaway truck ramps.
  • Information gathering on the feasibility of a new ramp and other measures to mitigate runaway trucks, such as geometric and signage improvements to the existing Mount Vernon Canyon Truck Runaway Ramp.

The initial pilot for the program will take place on the I-70 Mountain Corridor, which stretches between Glenwood Springs and the Denver metropolitan area. CDOT plans to expand the program to other mountainous locations.

CDOT Accepting Applications for 2020 Mentor-Protégé Program


CDOT is now accepting applications from prospective design and construction teams consisting of a prime contractor or consultant (mentor) and an ESB certified firm (protégé). The program helps teams make their mentor-protégé relationship official and provides support for 1-2 years to help you grow together and reach your mutual goals. There are several new benefits this year so get on board! Click here for more information

Eligibility for Mentors:
  • Completed a minimum of 3 CDOT projects as a prime or sub or
  • performed a minimum of $3 million of work with CDOT (may be a
  • DBE or ESB certified firm)
  • Prequalified with CDOT
  • Have skills and capacity to assist a protégé business
  • Have a commitment to assisting small and diverse firms in the
  • transportation sector
Eligibility for Protégés:
  • Have an active CDOT ESB certification
  • Have been in business for at least 2 consecutive years
  • Have a minimum of 2 full time employees (in addition to the owner)
  • Successful past performance on transportation related construction
  • or professional services contracts
  • Actively pursuing heavy civil contracts

CDOT Offering "Project First" Training for Internal Staff and Contractors


The Project First Program is CDOT's partnering program that is actively being implemented on construction projects across the state. The program is structured to draw on the strengths of CDOT and its contractors to identify and achieve mutual goals to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. You can find complete information about the specification in CCDOT's 2019 Standard Special Provision Miscellaneous section.

For prime contractors and construction managers who are required to implement this specification on projects, CDOT is offering Project First training in each CDOT region over the next several months.

  • Region 4: September 17th, 8am-12pm, 10601 W 10th St, Greeley
  • Region 1: October 29, 8am-12pm, 2829 W Howard Pl, Denver
  • Region 2: December 3, 8am-12pm, 5615 Wills Blvd, Pueblo
  • Region 5: February 12, 8am-12pm, 20581 US-160, Durango
  • Region 3: March 4, 8am-12pm, 2328 G Rd, Grand Junction
To register for any of these workshops, go to the CDOT TETP website at Download the registration template and submit it to CDOT to be added to the CDOT LIMS system to register.

CDOT Releases New 2019 M&S Standards Plans Book Available Online


CDOT has published the 2019 edition of the M&S Standards Plans. This edition supersedes the 2012 M&S Standards edition on all projects advertised for bids after October 1, 2019. Consultants and contractors can find the 2019 M Standards and Project Detail drawings, the M&S Standards Plans List sheet, a list of significant changes to the 2012 book, and other items on CDOT's website at The 2019 S Standards and Project Detail drawings, plus other items can be found at The entire M&S Standards Plans in PDF are now available online.

ESB Restricted Opportunities on CDOT Solicitation for Traffic Engineering NPS


CDOT is currently soliciting comprehensive traffic engineering services for the Colorado Front Range which includes CDOT HQ and Regions 1, 2, and 4. The scope of work includes tasks ranging from studies/analysis, design, data management and surveying to training, technical support, utility investigations, and construction management. The solicitation has been divided into two tiers and up to two contracts are ESB Restricted. CDOT anticipates hiring up to 14 total consultant teams for this solicitation. A total of 8 teams may be hired at the $4 million tier, and 6 teams at the $1.5 million tier. Up to two of the $1.5 million tier contracts are reserved for proposal exclusively from firms with an active Emerging Small Business (ESB) certification by the proposal deadline. Firms will not be permitted to propose on more than one tier as a prime consultant. Proposals are due on September 26. All firms proposing as a prime or subconsultant, including ESB certified firms, must be prequalified at the time of proposal. All firms must also have a Master Price Agreement (MPA) with CDOT by the time of award.

Click here for more information.

Registration Open for the Next LEADING EDGE for Transportation Program


Registration is now open for the Denver LEADING EDGE for Transportation business planning course brought to you by CDOT Connect2DOT and the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center. If you're a small business in the A&E or construction field and you're ready to grow through CDOT and other government contracts, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss. Over 8 weeks, you will learn to look at your business in a new way and make connections that will last a lifetime!

CDOT and Kraemer North America Tackle US 36 Emergency Repairs


When a portion of US 36 began to crack in early July, CDOT and its contracted partners worked around-the-clock to shift traffic and maintain two travel lanes in each direction. It took less than a week for CDOT to contract with Kraemer North America using a streamlined competitive contracting mechanism called Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC). CDOT designers also teamed up with David Evans and RJ Engineering to prepare the final design for rebuilding. To date, the team has made significant progress and has removed 75% of the eastbound US 36 wall working top to bottom. Once the wall is safely removed, crews will begin to remove four feet of dirt below the wall and replace it with better material and then rebuild the wall and solidify the structure. The site is being monitored at all times to ensure continued safety for the traveling public. Subcontractors may be able to help with ongoing repairs and should contact Kraemer North America or call the project hotline at 303-327-4028 or email

CDOT Releases New 2019 Edition of Construction Specifications


On July 31, the CDOT Standards and Specifications Unit published a new 2019 edition of the Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction. This supersedes the 2017 edition and is to be used on all CDOT construction projects advertised for bid after October 1, 2019. It is available as a PDF download from CDOT's website. This marks the first annual publication of the "Spec Book." Future years will follow the same publication schedule which is a much more frequent schedule than past years. 

One notable change is that beginning with this edition, the page size will be formatted to 8.5"x11" to allow for easier printing. Previous versions were 6"x9" page size. Additionally, page numbering is now specific to each Division of the book. For example, in the 2019 book, Division 100 is numbered 1-1 through 1-119. Division 200 is numbered 2-1 through 2-89. If kept in a three-ring binder, this allows users to swap out a single Division if that content has changed in the future. Unchanged Divisions can be kept in the binder and will not need to be reprinted, as page numbering will not be affected. Significant changes from the previous 2017 edition, can be found at

CDOT Planning On-Call Solicitation for Post Construction Landscape Maintenance Using Best Value Sele


Next month, CDOT plans to solicit proposals from landscaping companies to provide post construction landscape maintenance at various locations throughout the state. CDOT intends to use a relatively new procurement approach called Competitive Sealed Best Value (CSBV). This is a proven method of obtaining services that offer the best value to the State. CSBV uses a non-priced technical evaluation process for criteria with weighted values combined with a price proposal weighted to determine the best value for contract award. Although the CSBV solicitation will contain a fixed unit price list for most standard types of equipment and labor associated with performing landscape maintenance services, the price evaluation part of the CSBV process will be based on a mock bid proposal for a hypothetical task order project that reflects a common CDOT project. 

The contractor(s) with the overall best CSBV score(s) will be awarded a Master Task Order contract for specific areas in the state such as the Front Range and Western Slope. CDOT may award multiple Master Task Order contracts and then award individual task orders to selected contractor(s). The solicitation will be posted on CDOT's Consultant Management website. If you want to track this solicitation or want more information, please contact RB Simmons at

CDOT Seeking CM/GC for Military Access, Mobility & Safety Improvements in Southeast Colorado


CDOT received Letters of Interest (LOI) from 11 contractors interested in providing Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) services for the Military Access, Mobility and Safety Improvement Project (21249). This estimated $127 million project will improve safety, accessibility, mobility and connectivity for members of the military traveling between bases and installations throughout the region. The Project has four primary areas of focus:

  • State Highway 94: Comprises the introduction of a west bound passing lane of approximately one mile beginning at mile post 5.5 and other safety and intersection improvements along SH 94. 
  • South Academy Blvd: Comprises the widening of several aspects of this county owned facility to three lanes to alleviate recurring congestion. These works will be done largely through striping, expanding into shoulders, and modifying merge lanes. Further improvements include undertaking bridge scour work. 
  • Interstate 25: The largest and most comprehensive component of the project will comprise the installation of median barriers on the 7.5 mile stretch of interstate between the South Academy and Santa Fe exits, widening to 12 feet of the inside and outside shoulders, full replacement of two bridges crossing South Academy, deck rehabilitation to six other bridges along the alignment, and installation of ITS components.
  • Charter Oak Ranch Road: Comprises improvements to the intersection with Santa Fe Avenue and complete reconstruction of Charter Oak Ranch Road from the aforementioned intersection to Gate 19 of Fort Carson. This reconstruction includes safety and roadway improvements and pedestrian facilities. 

In August 2019, CDOT plans to issue an RFP using a best value approach for the purposes of selecting a CM Contractor to design the project, with an option to negotiate a Construction Agreed Price (CAP) to build the project.

Construction is anticipated to begin next spring and run through June 2022 (pending funding). DBE, ESB and other subcontractors should reach out to the contacts provided in the LOI's. Click here for the complete list.

Summer is the Time to Form Your Team for CDOT's 2020 Mentor-Protégé Program


Small businesses should be talking w ith CDOT prime contractors now about teaming up for next year's Mentor-Protégé program. Applications w ill be available in the fall with team selection at the end of the year. Protégés must be certified by CDOT as an Emerging Small Business (ESB) so be sure to check your ESB status or complete the mandatory ESB Orientation and apply online. There are currently 7 teams participating in the program. They are bidding and w inning contracts together, collaborating on personnel recruitment and hiring, improving internal processes and financials, and becoming better overall contractors and consultants through teamwork. Some recent successes include:

  • Atkins/Hg Consult team w on the CDOT Highw ay of Legends (State Highw ay 12) PEL Study w ith the protégé as the prime. 
  • Parsons/Goodbee & Associates team partnered on several CDOT proposals and the mentor is assisting the protégé with launching a new line of business.
  • Apex Design/Eugene Lynne team collaborated on identifying business development opportunities and the protégé launched a new website with advice from the mentor.
  • Kraemer/Vivid Engineering team are working together on the CDOT I-25 South Gap project. 
  • P&H Equipment/R&R Transportation team collaborated to improve the financial capacity and internal processes of the protégé and they are developing a strategy to separate two lines of business.
  • WSP/Triunity Engineering & Management team won a CDOT NPS Planning contract together and the mentor is providing Microsoft SharePoint systems training. 
  • Structures, Inc./Colt & Steel team bid together on several project opportunities and the mentor is coaching the protégé on managing and performing as a prime contractor.

Check the CDOT website for more information.

Resources Available from US 550/US 160 Contractor Meet and Greet in June


More than 90 people show ed up for the US 550/ US 160 Connection South Project Contractor Meet and Greet in Durango last month. The three shortlisted Prime Contractors connected with DBE, ESB, and other potential teaming partners to round out their proposals w hich are due this fall. The CDOT Region 5 project team provided presentations about the project scope and RFP process, civil rights and compliance requirements, TERO, and CDOT's owner-controlled insurance program. If you were unable to attend the event but are interested in opportunities on this upcoming design-build project, Click Here for resources. 

CDOT Announces $660 Million in Projects for Bidding this Year


Earlier this month, CDOT announced that more than $660 million in projects across the state w ill be put out to bid by the end of January 2020. This investment represents CDOT's next step in ongoing efforts to continue improving the safety and asset condition of transportation infrastructure across Colorado. CDOT is currently implementing a robust series of asset repair and maintenance projects that w ere identified last year. These projects range from repairing the I-25 South Gap near Colorado Springs, to resurfacing projects on segments of I-70, to safety projects across the state that yield improvements like w ider shoulders and passing lines, and visibility improvements through clearer striping.

Click here for a full forecast table of projects CDOT anticipates advertising through January 2020.

CDOT Efficiency and Accountability Committee Evaluating Consultant Usage per SB19-079


Senate Bill 19-079 w as recently signed into law by Governor Polis requiring the CDOT Efficiency and Accountability Committee to study and report recommendations relating to consulting engineer contracts on CDOT construction projects. This includes analyzing the value of consultant costs using hourly vs. fixed price methods and making recommendations on the following five specific items: 

  1. Implementation of lump sum procurement
  2. Quality assurance process
  3. Revolving door of retired state employees going to work for consultants
  4. Incentives for closing contracts, early project completion and time resolution of problems
  5. Project staffing and implementation of 2014 Work Plan for consultants

The Committee will be meeting next Thursday, July 18, 12pm - 2pm at CDOT Headquarters in Denver. Stay tuned for more information about how CDOT will be implementing these initiatives.

CDOT Launches New Bond Assistance Program for ESB Contractors


CDOT recently announced a new program that will assist CDOT-certified Emerging Small Businesses (ESB) become prime contractors on CDOT construction and maintenance projects by guaranteeing 50% of a small contract bond. The Bond Assistance Program (BAP) is another way CDOT is removing barriers and helping small to medium-sized contractors compete on a level playing field for CDOT construction contracts up to $3 million for work such as striping, sound walls, drainage, ADA Curb Ramps, and more. 

The BAP is intended to assist ESB firms that are ready to move from subcontracting into prime contracting directly with CDOT but are unable to obtain the necessary bonds to do so. The program can be used to obtain an initial performance bond or to increase the the firm's aggregate to take on additional work. ESB firms can apply for the program at any time to prepare for a potential CDOT project opportunity. The program includes a free evaluation and "score" to help determine the firm's financial capability and strength. Contractors can be matched with a surety or work with their current surety to build upon w hat they already have in place. CDOT and partner Lockton are offering resources and support along the way to ensure ESB firms are set up for success!

Check out the eligibility requirements and get started today!

CDOT Accepting Comments on FTA DBE Goal Methodology for FFY 2020- 2022


CDOT is proposing and overall annual DBE goal of 2.50% during FFY 2020-2022 for contracts that contain funding assistance from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This goal is established and tracked separately from CDOT's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) overall goal. It applies primarily to CDOT's Division of Transit and Rail (DTR), which receives, distributes, and oversees the use of federal funds received by FTA for statewide transit projects. 

A draft of the DBE Goal Methodology prepared according to 49 C.F.R. Part 26 contains all of the information pertaining to the goal and how it was calculated. This document is open for public comment until Monday, July 1 at The final Goal Methodology, including any revisions made based upon public comments, will be submitted by CDOT to FTA on August 1, 2019. If you have any comments about the goal or methodology, please contact: 

Eboni Younger Riehl
Title VI Analyst and DTR Civil Rights Liaison
CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center
2829 W. Howard Place Denver, CO 80204

Small Business Contractor Meet & Greet Scheduled for June 26th in Durango


Come meet with the Prime Contractor teams who are pursuing the major design-build project to connect US Highway 550 to US Highway 160, south of Durango. CDOT will be short-listing the top three (3) teams to receive the final Request for Proposals (RFP). You'll have the opportunity to meet and engage with these teams about potential subcontracting opportunities. Prime contractor proposals w ill be due in the fall so now is the time to get connected and secure your place on the teams. 

This event is packed full of presentations about the project and RFP process, as well as requirements for TERO, On-the-Job (OJT), DBE/ESB goals and Owner-Controlled Insurance Program (OCIT) for the project. You'll have plenty of time to network and talk one-on-one with the three short-listed prime contractor teams and CDOT Project staff. All small businesses, DBE, and ESB certified firms who provide construction and engineering-related services are encouraged to come get connected to the project pursuit teams, CDOT Region 5, and local stakeholders! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 
1:30pm - 4:30pm 
La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall 
2500 Main Ave., Durango CO

Changes Coming to DBE Goal Setting on CDOT NPS Consultant Contracts


CDOT is changing the way DBE goals are set and enforced on Non-Project Specific (NPS) contracts and task orders. This will affect ALL prime and subconsultants pursuing and teaming on NPS contracts. It w ill benefit primes by providing a more accurate DBE goals on specific scopes of work outlined in each task order. It will benefit subconsultants by providing more opportunities for actual work under an NPS contract rather than just being listed on the team. 

Join CDOT for an input session to learn more about the new "Task Order Based DBE Goal Setting" which is expected to roll out in October 2019. CDOT Civil Rights w ill walk though the changes, compliance tracking, and enforcement measures. Be sure you know what to expect so you stay in compliance! 

Input Session
Friday, May 17 1pm - 2pm
CDOT Headquarters - SOLD OUT
Webinar - Click here for a recording of the session

Sophie Shulman Leads New CDOT Office of Innovative Mobility


CDOT has created a new Office of Innovative Mobility which w ill elevate the role of the existing Division of Transit and Rail, integrating its functions with other means of expanding mobility options, including ridesharing, electrification, and emerging technologies. This new office, which reports directly to the Executive Director, also serves as the lead within CDOT for the Governor's transportation electrification workgroup, which CDOT co-chairs. It replaces and absorbs some of the initiatives launched under the former RoadX Program. 

Sophie Shulman is serving as the new Chief of Innovative Mobility after recently leading partnerships and business development at Electrify America, an electric vehicle charging company. She has extensive experience in innovative transportation technologies, including at the USDOT, where she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology and worked extensively on the $40 million Smart City Challenge grant. Shulman also served at the White House, including as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Domestic Policy Council, and at the U.S. Department of Energy.

"Memorial Rock" Will Turn Into a Future Highway Construction Project


The 8.5-million-pound boulder that landed next to CO SH 145 will stay where it is because the cost to move it is about $200,000 more than building a new road around it. The boulder is the largest remaining part of a rockslide that happened on May 24th over Memorial Day weekend. The boulder fell 1,000 feet from a nearby ridge creating an eight-foot ditch and destroying the pavement on SH 145 about 12 miles north of Dolores. CDOT w as able to blast and clean up the other 2.3-million-pound boulder that fell on the highway and open a safe lane for travelers on this main artery between Cortez and Telluride. Even without the demolition, repairs are expected to run about $1.3 million, some of which will come from federal emergency dollars. CDOT will most likely solicit bids from contractors within the year to construct the new road around Memorial Rock.

Registration Open to Meet CDOT Buyers at the 2019 Day at the DOT


Join the CDOT Center for Procurement and Contract Services for the 5th annual procurement open house at the new CDOT Headquarter facilities in Denver, Colorado. Start off your morning by networking with CDOT employees and other business professionals at the morning networking breakfast. Transition into valuable training sessions that follow and make valuable business connections by meeting face-to-face with Divisions within CDOT at the exhibitor tables. End the morning by supporting local businesses by having lunch from one of the on-site food trucks as you continue meeting other professionals. If you want to sell your goods or services to CDOT, this is the one major event of the year w here you can meet buyers and start making deals! All businesses regardless of size or ownership are encouraged to attend, including small businesses owned by minorities, w omen, and veterans.  Click here to register.

2019 State Legislative Session Pass Two Bills Affecting Colorado Contractors


The 2019 State Legislative Session is officially in the books. In addition to bills which may impact individuals and businesses, there were two bills that w ill affect the Colorado contracting community going forward. 

SB19-135 w ill fund a Disparity Study of the State's procurement process to determine whether disparities exist between the participation of historically underutilized businesses and other businesses in the state procurement system for goods and services including construction and A&E. Although other studies establishing discrimination in procurement for certain industries or in certain localities have been conducted in the past, this is the first time a comprehensive analysis of state contracts has been commissioned. The Colorado State Purchasing and Contracts Office w ill be taking the lead on the solicitation for the study. The final report is required to be submitted by December 1, 2020. 

SB19-196 adds requirements for apprenticeship programs for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contracts on State public projects. CDOT is exempt from this requirement but w ill continue to implement On-the-Job Training (OJT) requirements on construction projects with Federal funding. This bill also requires all State-funded public projects including State buildings and highway/bridge construction, be subject to the prevailing w age for all crafts, effective July 1, 2021. That means both Federal and State funded CDOT construction projects advertised after that date w ill be subject to the regulations outlined in the Federal Davis-Bacon Act. Stay tuned for more information about how this w ill impact contracting w ith CDOT and local agencies within the next year.

CDOT Seeking Proposals for Front Range Passenger Rail Service Development Plan and NEPA Services


CDOT is currently soliciting proposals for a consultant to study passenger rail service from Fort Collins to Trinidad. The study commissioned by CDOT and the Southwest Chief/Front Range Passenger Rail Commission will explore different options to relieve congestion along the quickly growing I-25 corridor. A new system will be a massive undertaking, with coordination needed from local municipalities, freight railroads, and existing transit services. The study will explore possible routes, capital and operating costs, and other factors. The RFP includes defining the purpose and need for the rail system, public and stakeholder engagement, a service development plan, alternatives analysis, and NEPA process and documentation. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the CDOT Supplier Self Service Portal (SuSS) no later than 12:00 noon local time on June 13, 2019. Selection is expected to occur on July 5th after an interview process. Consultants must be prequalified by CDOT prior to proposing and have a Master Price Agreement in place prior to contract award.

Joint Venturing - It's Not Just for Big Businesses


Have you ever considered bidding a job but passed it up because it w as too big or you didn't have enough resources? Forming a Joint Venture (JV) could be the answer! It may seem intimidating for a small business but it's an excellent tactic to quickly build capacity and grow your business. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a program to support JVs and DBE certified firms can successfully JV and count toward DBE goals as long as they know the rules. 

Join Connect2DOT for a FREE workshop on June 11th led by with a group of industry experts who will take the mystery out joint venturing and show you how small businesses can benefit in a big way. Come learn from the experts including: 

  • Colorado SBDC - Gain an understanding of how JVs w ork and how they can benefit a small business from Laurie Jones, East CO SBDC consultant w ho has w ritten a book on Joint Venturing. 
  • PilieroMazza - Understand how to legally enter into a JV and set up your partnership with clear roles and responsibilities from Peter Ford, Attorney at PilieroMazza. 
  • CDOT - Learn the requirements for DBEJVs and counting tow ard goals from Jun Arcilla, CDOT's Certification Manager. 
  • SBA - Find out how JVs work for federal contracting and the advantages for large and small businesses from Carolyn Terrell, SBA Lead Business Opportunity Specialist. 
One-of-a Kind Workshop
 June 11, 2019 
9am - 12pm 
Denver Metro Small Business Development Center 
1445 Market St., Denver CO 80202 

CDOT Debuts New Logo Paired with the Updated State Logo


CDOT is highlighting its focus on multi-modal transportation in the newly released logo design paired up with the new State of Colorado logo unveiled by Governor Jared Polis in March. Increasing multi-model travel is one of CDOT Director Shoshana Lew 's strategic goals for 2019. The new logo does a great job of show casing this initiative by incorporating all modes of surface (road) and air (plane) travel supported by CDOT. Be sure to download the official version from the CDOT website. CDOT will have updated brand guidelines available soon.

Southwestern CO Contractors: Do You Understand CDOT Plans & Specs?


Are you interested in bidding CDOT work but intimidated by what's required? Do you want to get better and more accurate at developing estimates for CDOT projects based upon contract requirements? Arthur Miller, P.E., CDOT Resident Engineer, will be sharing insider insights about CDOT contract documents and how to understand the relationship between bid items, plans, and specifications at a workshop in Durango on May 7th. 

This class will help both prime and subcontractors better understand how to bid CDOT work and meet expectations on the job. This is also a great primer for subcontractors preparing to bid on the US 550/US 160 Connection South project, as well as many more upcoming CDOT projects in Region 5.  Click here to register.

Get Ready for the 2019 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo


The Advance Colorado Procurement Expo, now in its 10th year, is Colorado's premier buyers and sellers marketplace. Colorado businesses are invited to participate in this day-long event, which focuses on state and local government procurement. Businesses (sellers) exhibit throughout the day to showcase their goods and services to local and state government agencies (buyers). 

Exhibitors are able to meet with procurement professionals from those agencies to learn how to best sell their goods and services to them. In addition to the expo hall, training sessions are held in the afternoon on the topics of government procurement. Reggie Rivers, former Denver Bronco, media personality and business owner will be providing the keynote presentation during lunch and there will be one-on-one sessions between buyers and sellers by appointment in the afternoon.  Click here to register and use code CDOT for $5 off admission.

CDOT Engineering Contracts Welcomes Three New Staff Members


CDOT recently added three new staff members to assist with the administration and management of professional services and alternative delivery contracts. Under the leadership of Marci Gray, Engineering Contract Manager, CDOT's team of contract and prequalification specialists provides full service support for all contracted consultant professional services. Please welcome the following new team members. 

Cardon Brandt recently joined the CDOT Engineering Contracts Unit as a Contract Administrator IV. Cardon has a law degree from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Colorado State University. He joins CDOT from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) where he worked as a Contract Specialist. 

Brandon Hilyard will be a lead on the IGA team. He joins CDOT from CDPHE, where he also served as a Contract Administrator. In addition, Brandon has worked at the AG's Office and in both Boulder and Denver District Courts. Brandon is a licensed Colorado attorney with a JD from the University of Colorado Law School and a BA in English from the University of Colorado. 

Roberta Lopez will manage the Alternate Delivery Contracts Program. She is also from CDPHE where she managed the Lead Enforcement Policy Program. Prior to that, she managed the information technology contracts at HCPF, worked as an Associate AG, and was a safety program specialist with CDOT's Civil Rights and Business Resources Center. Roberta is a licensed Colorado attorney, a Certified Project Management Professional and a Licensed Real Estate Associate. She received her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School and a Bachelors of Business Administration from University of Michigan School of Business.

Free Legal Advice on Contract Terms and Common Pitfalls for Subcontractors


Liquidated damages are no joke. And, you may end up on the hook for paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in "LDs" as a flow down clause in your subcontract. For small businesses, it's critical that you understand what you're signing up for when you sign a contract. Terms like defense and indemnification, pay when paid, unconditional lien release, and other flow down clauses are often in public works contracts and end up in your subcontract. If you aren't completely clear about the terms and conditions in your contract, you're risking legal actions that could put you out of business.

The Denver Metro SBDC and Connect2DOT are hosting a FREE workshop on How to Avoid Common Subcontracting Pitfalls led by a seasoned attorney with PilieroMazza PLLC, a law firm in Washington D.C., and Boulder specializing in government contracting.  Click here to register.

Do You Have an OHSA-Compliant Safety Program?


Construction sites are dangerous places. Some of the dangers-like heavy construction equipment-are obvious. But there are also hidden dangers of working in construction that, while not obvious, lead to injuries every day. Protecting construction workers and creating a safe construction environment requires companies to go beyond the minimum safety rules. You need a keen understanding and a program that is in compliance with OSHA, federal contracting regulations, project owners, and primes. 

Connect2DOT is offering a FREE Safety Toolbox workshop at the Pikes Peak SBDC in Colorado Springs on April 11th for both large and small contractors. The workshop will be led by Barry Cole, President of Cole-Preferred Safety Consulting Inc., a nationally-recognized industry expert with more than 40 years of safety experience. Barry serves on OSHA committees and has developed safety laws and standards for ANSI and OSHA. He is often called up as an expert witness for OSHA, NIOSH, and various states. Participants will also receive 3.5 hr. training certification in "Safety Awareness and OSHA Requirements" and continuing education (CE) credits with proof that you have completed safety training. Click here to register.

Trucking Compliance Training & Guidance for CDOT Projects on April 8


Notice to all Trucking Firms and Prime Contractors that subcontract trucking services on CDOT Projects: CDOT is hosting a half-day workshop on Monday, April 8th to discuss trucking compliance. It's critical that you attend and get the latest information and updates to CDOT civil rights trucking compliance, especially as it relates to counting DBE participation. Both large and small contractors are required to know the rules when working on CDOT projects and you should not assume that the rules are the same as other state DOT's or municipalities. The workshop will cover topics such as Davis-Bacon Act and wage decisions, site of work, trucking as hauling vs. material supplier, commercially useful function (CUF), DBE counting rules including 1099 drivers, 1-1 leasing, brokering and subcontracting. There will also be demonstrations of LCPtracker and B2G for payment reporting. 

Tendremos materiales y recursos en Espanol. Tambien tendremos personal que hable espanol.

Register Today! Choose from the following two options:
In-person session with interactive Q&A (morning)
April 8, 2019
8:30am - 12:30pm
CDOT HQ, 2829 W. Howard Pl., Denver CO
Click here to register

Webinar (repeat of morning session if you are unable to attend in person)
April 8, 2019
2pm - 4pm
Click here to register

Congratulations to the 2019 Pikes Peak Leading Edge for Transportation Class


Earlier this month, we celebrated the graduating class of the 2019 LEADING EDGE for Transportation business planning program provided by CDOT and the Pikes Peak SBDC. This outstanding group of business owners and entrepreneurs dedicated themselves to 9 weeks of intensive learning and hard work on refining their business strategy, financial plans, and contracting initiatives. We are proud to acknowledge this elite group of contractors and consultants who are ready to help you with your next projects! 

  • Doug Lollar, PE, Lollar Engineering
  • Annie Eckman, Indigo B2B
  • Judy Larson, Artemis Services
  • Barry Cole, Artemis Services
  • Samantha Lemme, DnS Transport
  • Kier Moore, Decorative Concrete Creations
  • Megan Lytle, Lytle Electric
  • Shane Fernett, Jack of All Trades
  • Denise Fernett, Double Diamond Maintenance 
  • Sarah Johnston, AE Leuken Architectural Engineers

Join CDOT at the Next Construction Collaborative Forum on March 25


CDOT's quarterly Small Business Collaborative Forum for construction contractors is a place where CDOT opens the doors for candid conversations about small business initiatives and issues facing the contracting community. Come join the conversation in person at CDOT HQ or via webinar on March 25th from 3pm - 5pm. Click here to RSVP.

  • The new CDOT Executive Management Team
  • How to participate in CDOT's ESB Restricted projects
  • Schedules and future subcontracting opportunities on Central 70 and
  • I-25 expansion projects
  • RFQ highlights for the US 550/US 160 Connection South Project
  • What to expect at the Trucking Compliance training
  • Other construction-related workshops and events

Western Slope Government to Business Contracting and Networking on April 4


Are you a small business on the western slope interested in doing business with the government? Come to a FREE workshop and networking session in Montrose on April 4th that will help you understand the basics of government contracting and the various minority, woman, and veteran-owned business certification programs that can give you a competitive edge. Meet one-on-one with representatives and buyers from federal, state, and local agencies and learn about upcoming opportunities for small businesses. Get the inside scoop on who's buying what and how you can get your foot in the door. Click here to register.

Thursday, April 4, 2019
8:30am - 1:30pm (lunch included)
Region 10 Small Business Resource Center
145 South Cascade Avenue
Montrose, CO 81401

Agencies & Partners (more to come!)

  • Region 10
  • West Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Connect2DOT
  • Colorado Minority Business Office (MBO)
  • Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
  • Colorado Department of Transportation
  • City of Montrose
  • Grand Junction Housing Authority
  • Mesa County
  • Western Area Power Administration
  • Bureau of Land Management

Registration Open for Denver Leading Edge for Transportation Business Planning Program


We are now taking reservations for the next LEADING EDGE for Transportation business planning course brought to you by CDOT and the Denver Metro SBDC. If you're a small business in the A&E or construction field and you're ready to take your business to the next level, this is a FREE opportunity you don't want to miss. 

  • Business Plan: Create an action plan to get more business, grow your revenues, and target CDOT and other transportation-related bid opportunities. 
  • Prime Roundtable: Learn what general contractors are looking for in their subs and upcoming bid and partnerships opportunities. 
  • Industry Guest Speakers: Meet CDOT and other government agency staff, financial lenders, successful subcontractors, and other small business experts. 
  • Network & Teaming: Meet and collaborate with other industry entrepreneurs interested in growing their business. 
Register Today!  Act fast...last year sold out 
March 27 - May 22, 2019 - One night per week (Wednesday evenings) 
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Denver Chamber of Commerce, Denver, CO
$322.50 deposit (1/2 off). Thanks to a CDOT Scholarship, your deposit will be refunded upon graduation so the course could be totally FREE!

Join us for an Information Session on March 20 at 6pm to meet the instructors and learn more about the course. Contact the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center at 303-534-3200 or

CDOT Seeking Program Coordinator for RISE Program


CDOT is requesting proposals from interested firms or individuals to provide program liaison services for CDOT's Resources to Improve & Support Employment (RISE) program. RISE is an element of CDOT's On-the-Job (OJT) Supportive Services program that seeks to create a full and capable workforce to support projects in the construction industry, especially horizontal construction. Job seekers can receive career coaching, training, and employment services in the construction industry and businesses can be matched with qualified candidates, among other program benefits. 

The RISE Program Coordinator will serve as a liaison between CDOT, its partners including Department of Labor and Employment and the Colorado community college system, program participants, and employers to provide effective statewide coordination and implementation of program deliverables. The Coordinator will also liaise with the Connect2DOT program. CDOT Procurement & Contract Services will be posting the competitive RFP on the CDOT Supplier Self Service Portal (SuSS) and BidNet Colorado in the coming week. You can also check the CDOT BidLog. Proposals must be submitted through SuSS.

CDOT Announces Award Selection for Front Range NPS: CM, CI, MT


CDOT recently announced the selected teams for the innovative procurement of construction management, inspection, and materials testing in the Front Range. This qualifications-based selection (QBS) process was unique in that it was the first time CDOT restricted contract selection of 2 of the 16 contract awards to certified Emerging Small Businesses (ESB). The Non-project Specific (NPS) awards were divided into 3 tiers; up to $5M, $3M and $1M. Two (2) of the $1M tier contracts were reserved for ESB firms and firms could only propose in one tier. This approach was extremely successful in providing opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses. In fact, the top scoring proposal in each contract tier was delivered by a firm with an active DBE and/or ESB certification. Congratulations go out to all of the teams selected below.

$5 Million Tier
  • Atkins
  • Ground Engineering
  • Parsons
  • RJ Pagan & Associates (DBE/ESB)
  • Rocksol Consulting Group (DBE)
  • RS&H
  • Wilson & Company
  • Yeh & Associates (DBE)
$3 Million Tier
  • GeoCal (DBE/ESB)
  • Stantec
  • Ulteig
  • WSP
$1 Million Tier
  • Apex Design (DBE/ESB)
  • David Evans & Associates
  • Otak
  • Vivid Engineering Group (ESB)

CDOT Offering Option for Electronic Submission of Form 205


Starting next month, all prime contractors will have the option to submit CDOT Form 205 - Sublet Permit Application electronically in the CDOT B2GNow system pending approval from the Project Engineer. The current Form 205 is an Excel worksheet that must be signed by the prime, all tiered subs, the Project Engineer, and the Region Civil Rights Officer prior to any work beginning by the subcontractor, per CDOT Specification 108.01. 

The new electronic submission of Form 205 can apply to any CDOT contract regardless of the ad date. In order to participate, the prime contractor must request approval from the CDOT Project Engineer who in turn notifies the Civil Rights and Business Resource Center. Once approved, the prime contractor can begin submitting sublet requests for the project through B2GNow. If the prime contractor opts in to electronic submission for a specific project, the change applies to all future sublet requests on the project. The prime contractor cannot revert to the Excel worksheets for that same project. 

To learn more about this new process, please attend one of the upcoming Contract & Labor Compliance workshops. If prime contractors have questions about this new process, they should contact the CDOT Project Engineer assigned to the project. Subcontractors and suppliers should contact the prime contractor to determine if they plan to use the electronic Form 205 on a specific project.

Meet Agencies and Primes at the Southern Colorado Construction Forum in Colorado Springs on March 6


Come to the premier networking event for small business contractors in Colorado Springs! Meet up with in local government agencies, prime contractors, and industry peers for a look at what's planned for the upcoming construction season. You'll get project forecasts, learn about best practices of successful subcontractors, and network with engineers and estimators who are looking for local-area small and disadvantaged businesses. The best's FREE! Seating is limited so act fast and register today. Agencies include: CDOT Region 2 City of Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Utilities Mountain Metro Transit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Prime Contractors include: Graham Contracting, Kiewit, Kraemer North America, Lawrence Construction, Wildcat Construction, and more!

March 6, 2019
8:30am - 12pm (breakfast included)
Pikes Peak SBDC & PTAC
Catalyst Campus - Harvey House
555 E Pikes Peak Ave Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Click here to register

CDOT Launches Resources for Project Delivery Planning


Last year, CDOT implemented a process for creating a "Project Delivery Plan" (PDP) for preconstruction, accompanied by various tools and training to help Project Managers, including Consultant PMs. The PDP is based on the framework recommended by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is similar to the project management approach used by several high-performing state DOTs. 

Consultant PMs can find information about how to develop a preconstruction PDP including templates, tools, and other guidance on the PMO website at The site describes the preconstruction project lifecycle, and provides examples for each section of the Project Delivery Plan to help users smoothly navigate through this more systematic and disciplined approach. It is organized by the processes that comprise a project's life-cycle. Similar information related to construction will be added soon. 

If you are interested in future PDP training or would like to provide feedback on the process, contact the CDOT Program Management Office at

CDOT Welcomes New Executive Director Shoshana Lew


Newly elected Colorado Governor Jared Polis recently appointed Shoshana M. Lew as the new Executive Director for CDOT. She is charged with leading the department in planning for and addressing Colorado's transportation needs, as well as overseeing 3,000 employees statewide and an annual budget this year of approximately $2 billion. Prior to coming to Colorado, Ms. Lew served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT). She also served as the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) as well as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at USDOT.

Ms. Lew has worked in other areas of the federal government including the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Office of Management and Budget and Domestic Policy Council within the White House. Prior to her federal service, she worked at the Brookings Institution. She is a graduate of Harvard College with a B.A. in history and also has an M.A. in history from Northwestern University.

Industry Training and Networking Coming in March at the ACEC Annual TTEP Conference


The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado is gearing up for another great turnout at the Training for Colorado Transportation & Environmental Professionals conference this March 5-6. This conference hosts several government agencies including CDOT, as well as national engineering firms and small to mid-size A&E consultants.

This year's lineup includes training on topics such as:

  • Smart Work Zone Strategies
  • Colorado 811/Subsurface Utility Engineering
  • Global Smart Cities
  • CDOT Collaborative Compliance
  • Navigating CDOT Engineering & MPA Processes
  • Negotiation and Communication Skills
  • Marketing Do's and Don'ts for A&E Firms
  • Lessons Learned from CM/GC Projects
  • Virtual Reality and 3D Visualization
  • Winter Maintenance and Weather Technology
  • High Density Aerial Lidar
  • More, more, more!

In addition to the various training tracks, there will be a Technology Innovation Panel, Speed Networking & Exhibits, and special sessions on Project First, Utilities, and Bentley Cloud Based Tools. If you're working in the A&E industry in Colorado, this is a don't miss event! 

Davis-Bacon and Related Acts are Serious Business - Know the Rules or Face the Consequences


All CDOT federal-aid projects are subject to various labor and compliance regulations. Many contractors are familiar with these requirements and submit weekly certified payrolls but they may not know the consequences of failing to be in compliance. Below is a recent case from Alabama that highlights the importance of proper employee classification and payment.

Maldonado Roofing LLC based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama will pay $57,428 in back wages, overtime, and fringe benefits to 41 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated requirements of the Davis- acon and Related Acts (DBRA), the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators found that Maldonado Roofing LLC failed to pay one employee for overtime hours worked on a Davis-Bacon Act covered project, resulting in a violation of the CWHSSA. The employer also failed to pay several employees overtime when they worked more than 40 hours in a workweek on a commercial project as required by the FLSA. Additionally, Maldonado Roofing failed to submit accurate certified payroll records and maintain accurate records of the number of hours employees worked, as required by the Davis-Bacon Act. Investigators also found the employer violated FLSA recordkeeping requirements by failing to maintain accurate daily records of the number of hours employees worked.

How can you avoid this scenario?

US 550/US 160 Connection South Project Seeking Letters of Interest


On December 14, 2018, CDOT issued a Request for Letters of Interest (LOI) from companies or teams interested in providing Design-Build services for the US 550 / 160 Connection South Project in Durango. LOI's are due January 31 and CDOT will send Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) to responding firms early this year. CDOT will then issue Requests for Proposals (RFP) in the spring/summer 2019 to the teams who are short listed based upon initial qualifications. Proposals are expected to be due at the end of the year with final selection for award in early 2020. An updated solicitation timeline can be found on the project website at

The project's development including ROW acquisition continues to progress. The Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements for the two corridors have been executed and a re-evaluation of both corridor segments is underway. Although the contracting process for this estimated $75 million Design-Build project is a year long, now is the time for subconsultants and subcontractors to reach out to prime contractors and start securing spots on teams. Be sure to register as an Interested Vendor and check out the Attendee List and Resources from the Reverse Trade Fair that was held last October.

Registration Open for CDOT's Annual Contractor Compliance Workshops


CDOT has announced dates and locations for the annual Civil Rights Compliance Contractor workshops. This year's training will cover all of the standard elements of Contract & Labor Compliance, including small business utilization, prompt payment, certified payrolls, and more. Participants will also receive demonstrations of CDOT's B2GNow and LCPTracker systems to ensure accurate and timely reporting of civil rights data. 

There are two training tracks: a full day for Construction Contractors, and a half-day for Project Oversight Personnel (i.e., CDOT and Consultant Project Managers). If you have questions, please email CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center at or call (303) 757-9234.

Click here for the complete schedule and to register.  

Region 1: Denver
  • January 22 (full day for contractors)
  • January 23 (half day for consultants)
Region 2: Pueblo
  • January 30 (full day for contractors)
  • January 31 (half day for consultants)
Region 4: Loveland
  • February 12 (full day for contractors)
  • February 13 (half day for consultants)
Region 5: Durango
  • February 20 (full day for contractors)
  • February 21 (half day for consultants)
Region 3: Grand Junction 
  • February 28 (full day for contractors) 
  • March 1 (half day for consultants)

Congratulations to the 2019 CDOT Mentor-Protégé Teams


CDOT has selected 7 teams to participate in the 2019 Mentor-Protégé Program. The participating firms self-selected their partnerships and submitted a comprehensive application and plan with defined goals for the mentorship. All protégés are certified by CDOT as an Emerging Small Business (ESB).

These teams cover a wide range of A&E and construction services and are well-positioned to work together on CDOT and other industry projects. They will also work with CDOT to improve processes and develop new incentives for future Mentor-Protégé participants.

CDOT Requests Your Vote for the Construction Forum Advisory Board


If you have participated in any of the CDOT Small Business Collaborative Forums for Construction or if you are planning to engage in 2019, CDOT is asking that you vote for the 2019 Chair and Vice Chair Advisory Board positions. These industry representatives play an important role for CDOT as the voice of the small business contracting community. They convene quarterly with CDOT staff to discuss issues and ideas relevant to DBE and ESB certified firms in construction. These ideas drive the agendas for the quarterly forums. Help us stay connected to your needs by voting for your preferred nominees by Monday, December 31. Click here to vote today!

CDOT Piloting ESB Restricted Contracts on Front Range NPS for CM, CI & MT


Following on the heels of the CDOT Small Business Policy Directive, CDOT Engineering Contracts released a solicitation on Thursday, December 13 that includes a new opportunity for Emerging Small Businesses (ESB) who provide construction management, inspection, and materials testing. The Front Range (Regions 1, 2, 4 & HQ) Non-Project Specific (NPS) for CM, CI & MT has been divided into 3 tiers; $5M, $3M, and $1M. Prime consultants can propose on only one tier which represents the "not to exceed" amount for task orders under the NPS contract over a multi-year period. CDOT will select up to 16 consultants divided between the 3 tiers. 

Two (2) of the $1M tier contracts are reserved exclusively for firms with an active ESB certification at the time of proposal. This is the first time CDOT has restricted competition for professional services contracts to ESB firms. CDOT has offered ESB Restricted contracting opportunities on select construction contracts under $1M for several years. This solicitation shows collaborative support for small business across multiple CDOT departments. It also represents an excellent opportunity for ESB firms to propose as a prime consultant and leverage the experience and capacity of team members to be competitive in a qualifications based selection against other ESB firms. Proposals are due on January 10, 2019. 

We strongly encourage all ESB certified firms and pursuit team members to join CDOT for an Information Session about the solicitation next week. The session will cover contracting requirements for prime proposers and considerations for ESBs. 

December 19, 2018
9am - 10:30am
CDOT Headquarters
2829 W. Howard Place, Denver CO

You may also join remotely via webinar if you are unable to attend in person. Registration is only required for the webinar. Click here to register for the webinar.

CDOT Hosting Construction Estimating & Bidding Workshops for Contractors


One of the areas small businesses often struggle with is putting together and submitting competitive bids. To help you become more effective with estimating and bidding, Connect2DOT is offering several workshops over the next year for both new and seasoned construction contractors to develop better processes. Check out the following upcoming workshops and reserve your seat today. These workshops will sell out! 

Introduction to Estimating & Bidding

This workshop is a great primer with practical tips to help you become a better estimator and start winning more contracts.

  • Overview Lunch & Learn
  • November 20, 2018
  • 11am - 1pm (lunch included)
  • Denver Metro SBDC
  • Click here to register
Construction Estimating & Bidding Series

This workshop is a "bootcamp" series that will help you create an accurate and competitive estimating process so you can increase the number of estimates you put out, as well as the quality, accuracy and competitiveness of your bids. 

  • 3-Part Intensive Series (one day per week)
  • January 16, 23, 30, 2019
  • 11am - 4:30pm (lunch included)
  • Denver Metro SBDC
  • Click here to register

CDOT Releases New 2018 Roadway Design Guide


In 2016, CDOT formally adopted the AASHTO 2011, A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 6th Edition (Green Book) as guidance for use on all CDOT highway projects. Last month, CDOT released the 2018 Roadway Design Guide (RDG) providing new and revised Colorado specific content. The 2018 release of the RDG is now synchronized with the 2011 Green Book. The new chapters include: 

  • Chapter 11- Access Control and Access Management
  • Chapter 13- Alternate Standards (Low Volume Roads)
  • Chapter 19- Roundabouts.
  • The 2018 CDOT RDG supersedes the 2005 CDOT RDG except for:
  • Chapter 14- Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities
  • Chapter 18- Noise Guide.

CDOT encourages all consultants to begin using the 2018 CDOT RDG immediately. For questions, please contact Jerome Estes at

LEADING EDGE for Transportation Starting in Colorado Springs in January


Do you want to become a high-performing construction contractor? Do you want your sales pipeline to always be full? Join the ranks of best and brightest contractors by participating the Connect2DOT LEADING EDGE for Transportation program. This nine-week course designed for companies in highway design and construction will teach you the secrets to becoming a highly sought-after contractor. You'll learn "what it takes" to scale and build a sustainable business. You'll also meet with decision-makers from CDOT, City of Colorado Springs, and Prime Contractors looking for qualified subcontractors. 

What to Expect
  • Prime Roundtable: Learn about what general contractors are looking for in their subs and upcoming bid and partnerships opportunities.
  • Industry Guest Speakers: Meet CDOT and other government agency staff, financial lenders, successful subcontractors, and other small business experts.
  • Business Plan: Create an action plan to get more business, grow your revenues, and target CDOT and other transportation-related bid opportunities.
  • Network & Teaming: Meet and collaborate with other industry entrepreneurs interested in growing their business.
When & Where
January 10 - March 7, 2019
One night per week (Thursday evenings)
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Pikes Peak SBDC, Colorado Springs

$200 Deposit. Thanks to a CDOT Scholarship, your deposit will be refunded upon graduation so the course could be totally FREE!

For more information or to register, please contact the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center at 719-667-3803 or

CDOT "Business As Usual" After Transportation Ballots Fail to Pass


On November 6, Colorado voters rejected Proposition 109 that would have forced the state to spend $3.5 billion on roads using existing money and Proposition 110 which would have increased the state sales tax to pay for $6 billion dollars in road projects. Although both transportation measures were voted down, CDOT is continuing to operate and maintain the state's highway system as they have done for decades. 

Over the last two years, Colorado lawmakers passed legislation to fund nearly three billion dollars in new projects so there will still be plenty of contracting opportunities for contractors. Projects such as the I-25 South Gap, North I-25 Express Lanes, and Central 70 will continue as planned. The lack of additional funds will most likely delay some projects across the state until funding can be identified. 

Because of Senate Bill 18-001 which was passed earlier this year, CDOT will have another opportunity next year to ask voters for additional funds necessary to move other projects forward. That bill stated if voters rejected transportation ballot issues this year, lawmakers could put another transportation issue on the ballot in November 2019. Stay tuned!

CDOT Soliciting Innovative Ideas for Applied Research


The CDOT Division of Transportation Development (DTD) Applied Research and Innovation Branch (ARIB) is soliciting research projects problem statements. A problem statement is a short form describing a transportation problem and/or potential innovation proposed for detailed study.

Note: This is NOT a process to apply for research funds. This is an effort to solicit comprehensive transportation-related research ideas. The research ideas will be selected, prioritized, and funded by the RIC. Once an idea is funded, a CDOT study panel will develop a final scope of work. Then universities and/or consultants will be asked to submit financial proposals to the appropriate Oversight Teams. For approved projects, funds will be available for encumbrance in October of 2019. Research ideas are being solicited in the following areas: Structures, Hydraulics, Soils, and Geotechnical.

  • Environmental, Sustainability, and Water Quality
  • Safety, Operations, and Planning
  • Pavements and Materials
  • Additional uncategorized research topics and ideas

Open Bid Packages with Kiewit for CDOT Central 70


Construction of the I-70 corridor in Denver is well underway and several big changes have already been made including the permanent closure of the York Street on-ramp to westbound I-70. Crews are working day and night to ensure the project stays on track and the travelling public is safe. Kiewit is currently accepting bids for various packages which are due next month. These are listed on the Building Connected website and include: 

  • Turn-key concessions building
  • UPRR - Bridge Drainage Material
  • Flatwork/ Curb & Gutter/ Hardscape
  • Tree Removals

If you're interested in learning more about the scope of work or would like to submit a bid, please register on Building Connected and Join the relevant bid package. For more information, email

Innovative Ideas Sought for CDOT RoadX Rural Road Safety Challenge


CDOT recently launched a new program to try to lower the number of collisions between vehicles and wildlife, especially along rural roads. The Rural Road Safety Challenge is a multi-year incentivized prize competition that asks innovators, entrepreneurs and good 'ole fashioned problem-solvers to submit ideas for technological innovations that would improve the safety of rural roads.

The goal of the challenge is to solicit innovative solutions that will help to protect people from potential hazards, such as wildlife, that can arise on rural roads across the country. There will be three separate, incentive-based Idea-thons, each focused on a different key rural transportation issue: Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions, Soft Shoulders and Sharp Turns. You can submit an idea in English or Spanish as an individual or as part of team, classroom, company or community. CDOT is offering a prize up to $15,000 and will then help implement the winning idea. Ideas can be submitted at up to January 31 and finalists will be selected in February.

Pitch Your Innovative Mobility Idea at the Next "Trout Tank" in Denver


The Denver Metro SBDC in partnership with CDOT, Panasonic, and Easy Mile is seeking startup and existing businesses who are focused on mobility and infrastructure, and looking for exposure and funding, to be a part of the eight-week Trout Tank Mobility program. During the program, entrepreneurs will hone their idea, perfect their pitch, and participate in a Pitch Event where finalists pitch for investment, funding, and feedback from the business community. Through an impressive coalition of industry leaders, this powerhouse accelerator creates opportunities for participants to meet rock star mentors, make invaluable connections within the industry and gain special access to panels and experts in order to share their ideas and build their business. 

Take your idea to the next level and join this great program or just come see the final pitches and network with industry partners. If you're interested in participating, contact Morgan Alu, Denver Metro SBDC at

R.L. Wadsworth/SEMA Team Selected for North I-25 Segments 5 & 6


The team of R.L. Wadsworth and SEMA was recently selected out of 7 proposals to provide CM/GC services for improvements and the addition of express lanes to North I-25 between SH 66 to SH 402. R.L. Wadsworth/SEMA will provide preconstruction phase Construction Management (CM) services and will have the opportunity to be the General Contractor (GC) during the construction phase. The project will widen the existing highway infrastructure, from two lanes in each direction, to accommodate two general purpose lanes and one express lane in each direction. The priority section is approximately ½ mile south of the SH 56 interchange north up to the SH 402 interchange. In addition to the roadway widening, all interchanges within the project limits will be rebuilt, which includes replacing the existing bridges. 

Additionally, in a separate competitive proposal process, DBE firm RockSol Consulting Group was awarded the contract to provide Construction Management, Inspection, and Testing for the project.

Showcase Your Small Business at the US 550/160 Connection South Project Reverse Trade Fair


CDOT is hosting a Reverse Trade Fair on September 12th to bring together Prime Contractors and small business subcontractors for the $99.6 million design-build project that will connect US 550 to US 160 in Durango. This is an industry trade reverse! Small businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their capabilities as exhibitors and project pursuit teams will be able to walk the floor and meet contractors. You'll get to: 

  • Meet the CDOT project team and stakeholders
  • Learn about the project scope and schedule
  • Identify local design and construction subcontractors
  • Connect with DBE and ESB certified firms
  • Network with various pursuit teams
  • Form strategic teaming relationships
  • Participate in free networking lunch
September 12, 2018
9:00am - 3:30pm (optional sessions throughout the day)
DoubleTree by Hilton
501 Camino Del Rio
Durango, CO 81301

Still not sure? There will be a ton of subcontracting opportunities on this project and it's important that you show your interest at this event. There are 10 Prime Contractors already signed up who will be looking for companies like yours! Click here to register for the event.

CDOT "Internet of Roads" Presents the Future of Colorado's Transportation System


CDOT is proposing to build the country's first commercial-scale connected vehicle environment using V2X technology, called the Internet of Roads (IoR), that will communicate with connected vehicles to improve the safety and mobility of the transportation system.

The IoR will bring nearly $44 million in public and private investment to Colorado to provide a 537 mile network in primarily rural environments that will provide real-time communication with connected vehicles. Supported by automotive and tech partners like Ford Motor Company, Qualcomm, and Panasonic that are already working with CDOT, the IoR will send safety and mobility-critical messages directly to drivers through infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) communication. It will also allow CDOT to 'listen' to the roadways through vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication, immediately notifying CDOT of crashes or hazards on the road to expedite emergency services and hasten the clearance of a crash scene.

CDOT has already partnered with Panasonic in an approximately $72 million venture to build the nation's first V2X data ecosystem capable of enabling the IoR. A pilot project was recently completed on I-70 and grant funding is being sought to deploy the hardware and fiber optics that will enable CDOT to communicate with connected vehicles across Colorado.

CDOT also announced a partnership with Panasonic, Ford and Qualcomm to begin testing Cellular V2X connected vehicle technologies in Colorado. Over the next several months, our state will be the test bed for delivering connected technologies over the LTE or eventually 5G network.

Get Ready for Colorado's Most Popular Transportation Summit


The Colorado Transportation Summit is the largest gathering of the transportation sector in the state with more than 1,000 in attendance. It's happening this year on September 28th at the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center and you won't want to miss it.

The event is a Who's Who in transportation and will include presentations by:

  • Michael Lewis, Executive Director, CDOT
  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Don Butler, Executive Director, Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company
  • Carlos Braceras, Executive Director, Utah DOT
  • Dave Genova, General Manager, Regional Transportation District
  • Kim Day, CEO, Denver International Airport
  • Kelly Brough, CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Afternoon breakout sessions will highlight new technologies, strategies, and initiatives related to freight, regional and city mobility, digital and broadband connected roadways, Colorado's winter Olympic bid, high-speed super urban networks and more. This is truly and event not to miss! Early bird registration ends August 15th so sign up today to get your best deal. Registration prices go up after that date and the Summit typically sells out every year so don't delay.

Central 70 Project Officially Breaks Ground in Denver Metro Area


Gov. Hickenlooper was joined by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson, CDOT Executive Director Mike Lewis, local cities and counties, and the construction team to break ground on the Central 70 Project. This is the largest construction project in the state and is CDOT's second Public Private Partnership (P3).

"Today's groundbreaking reflects our commitment to have our infrastructure meet the needs demanded by the country's number one economy," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "This corridor of Interstate 70 has served the state well, but it's time to no longer depend on a 54-year old stretch of interstate to handle the demands of a growing and mobile state."

With construction anticipated to stretch through 2022, the Central 70 project and Kiewit Meridiam Partners have pledged to minimize impacts to the adjacent communities and the traveling public. The Project will be built in phases and all lanes on the interstate must be kept open during daytime hours.

For information about opportunities to subcontract on this project, please register and check out Kiewit's bid packages at:

For general information about the project:
Call: 833-C70-INFO
Visit: 3543 E. 46th Ave. Denver, CO 80216

Meet CDOT Buyers in Southeastern Colorado at the Annual Day at the DOT


CDOT's Center for Procurement and Contract Services is hosting its annual Day at the DOT supplier open house on August 14th in Pueblo. Come meet with buyers and end users from a variety of CDOT Region 2 departments including maintenance, safety, traffic, right-of-way, storeroom, engineering, environmental, materials lab, civil rights, and more!

You'll learn how to do business with CDOT, what they buy, and how you can sell your products and services directly and through competitive bidding. You'll also get to meet with resource partners such as Connect2DOT, Colorado Minority Business Office, Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and more!

If you provide goods or services that could be used by the DOT, this is your chance to get in front of the people who are buying! Rarely do vendors, suppliers, and contractors have an opportunity to talk with multiple department leads at one time in one place. Don't miss this opportunity! RSVP Today and Get a Free Breakfast! (Breakfast is free for everyone but we really need you to register so we know how many people are coming).

State Transportation Commission Approves $6 Billion Ballot Project List


Last month, the Transportation Commission approved $6 billion in statewide transportation projects that are earmarked for funding if the Let's Go, Colorado funding initiative #153 is approved by voters in November. If you ever wanted a detailed forecast of CDOT projects, this is it. The list, which can be found on the Together We Go website, accounts for 45% of the funds that will be secured for transportation projects across the state if the sales tax and bonding initiative is approved. It includes priority projects at both the regional and statewide level for the 10-year transportation plan that can be implemented as funding becomes available.

You'll find 84 detailed Project Fact Sheets for all 5 CDOT Regions that include the project description and budget and the total number of lane miles and planned improvements to intersections, wildlife crossings, bike lanes, guardrails, and more. Together We Go is truly a goldmine for contractors who are looking for opportunities and want to start talking about teaming early on.There's also an Interactive Map that will show you where the projects are located to help you think about mobilization. You can click on the project marker to get basic details about the project and budget.

Timing for many of these projects is still up in the air until funding is identified and approved. The two popular transportation-related ballot initiatives that will help the funding gap are Ballot Initiative 153, "Colorado Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Initiative" and Ballot Initiative 167, "The Colorado Bond Issue for Transportation Initiative." You can learn more about these from the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry.

CDOT Searching for a Dedicated ESB Program Manager


Are you a go-getter who is passionate about helping small businesses and wants to work with a diverse team committed to making the transportation system in Colorado safe and efficient? CDOT wants you!

The CDOT Civil Rights and Business Resource Center is hiring an Emerging Small Business (ESB) Program Analyst to work at headquarters in Denver. This person will provide professional level program administration and development efforts associated with CDOT's small business programs with an emphasis on the effective implementation and evaluation of CDOT's Emerging Small Business (ESB) Program, which includes elements such as managing a statewide mentor-protégé program and finding new and improved ways to help small businesses overcome barriers to participating on CDOT highway construction and design contracts.

If you're interested in learning more about the position or if you know someone who would be a great fit, click here to check out the job listing on the Colorado State Job Opportunities website.

Connect2DOT Coming to a Town Near You This Summer


Connect2DOT takes part in a lot of events and workshops throughout the year. Although you can always find us in the Denver metro area, we are also out-and-about around the state. Check out some of the great locations and events we'll be visiting in the next couple of months. Click on a town near you to find out more and get registered!

  • Fort Collins - If you missed this great opportunity to learn about upcoming engineering and construction projects in northern Colorado on July 10, check the Connect2DOT website for contacts and resources. 
  • Denver - Collaborate with CDOT and your peers in engineering and design at the Small Business Collaborative Forum at CDOT Headquarters on July 12. 
  • Mancos/Cortez - Attend a workshop that will demystify the various small business certifications that can help you land work on federal contracts and CDOT projects on July 12.
  • Durango - Stop by the US Forest Service Public Land Center for a government-to-business event that will connect you with various local agencies including CDOT Region 5 on July 12.
  • Ignacio - Join hundreds of like-minded business owners for the 9th Annual Women's Small Business Conference on July 13. Use code SPEAKER10 for 10% off the registration fee!
  • Grand Junction - Come learn about government contracting and small business certifications from the folks who know at SBA, Connect2DOT, PTAC, and Minority Business Office on July 31.
  • Aurora - Attend a PTAC G2B meeting and hear from a variety of government procurement insiders such as small business specialists (SBSs), prime contractors, and local/state procurement specialists including CDOT on August 9. 
  • Pueblo - Find out who's buying what in CDOT Region 2 at the annual Day at the DOT event in Pueblo on August 14. 
  • Colorado Springs - Learn about bonding and insurance requirements for contractors working on government contracts at an interactive workshop on August 22.

Open Call for Expert Trainers for the Connect2DOT Program


Are you a subject matter expert in an area related to highway or bridge design and construction? Do you want to share your knowledge and help small businesses in the transportation industry? Connect2DOT is looking for enaging speakers to conduct training workshops in cooperation with the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network.

This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge about doing business with CDOT and prime contractors, as well as business topics such as; construction project management, scheduling, marketing and networking, estimating and bidding, bonding, compliance, safety and more! We'll put you in front of a variety of small business owners looking for the expertise and services you provide.

If you're interested, please submit a description of your workshop and your preference for the geographic area at Come join our team of excellent trainers!

Open Comment Period for CDOT Proposed DBE Goal for FFY 2019-2021


CDOT recently published its Triennial DBE Goal Draft Methodology for FHWA-assisted contracts in FFY 2019-2021. The document outlines the process and steps used to determine the overall annual DBE goal for the next three fiscal years.

CDOT followed the US DOT regulations and Tips for DBE Goal Setting which included identifying a base figure for the relative availability of DBEs based on demonstrable evidence of the availability of ready, willing, and able DBEs as compared to the availability of all businesses participating on federally-funded DOT-assisted contracts.

The analysis also included surveys of Colorado DBE firms, prime contractors, and industry stakeholders. Additionally, CDOT evaluated:

  • Relevant market area for contractor participation;
  • Potential contracting opportunities in construction, professional services, and design-build;
  • Availability and capacity of DBE certified firms to participate on those potential contracts;
  • Anecdotal evidence gathered through online surveys, association meetings, and a public comment period.
The draft methodology resulted in an overall statewide DBE goal of 11.55%. CDOT is encouraging public participation and comments on the draft methodology by July 13, 2018. You may submit comments in person to Emily Crespin at CDOT Headquarters or by calling 303-757-9234 or emailing

Congratulations Graduates of the 2018 Leading Edge for Transportation Business Development Program!


Congratulations are in order for the most recent Denver Leading Edge for Transportation class of 2018. A dynamic group of 25 started the intensive executive-level entrepreneurship training program designed for small businesses in the transportation industry. Of those, 18 dedicated professionals submitted their final business plan to officially graduate and enter the leagues of the top contractors in the state. Over 9 weeks, they worked with instructors, mentors, and industry experts, developing connections with other business owners, financial experts, and prime contractors. The graduates demonstrated commitment, collaboration and compassion for each other's growth and now are part of a network of business leaders poised to make a difference and an economic impact in the region.

Check out the this year's graduating class. The caliber of these individuals is evident through their commitment and willingness to improve their business. If you're looking for high quality contractors, this group is ready to go!
  • Bai Engineers, Xuehua Bai
  • Balic Transport, Anes Balic
  • Brown Civil Engineering, Margaret Brown
  • CHOM Trucking LLC, Irasema Moreno
  • Coloscapes Concrete, John Borges
  • Derwin Construction Services, Winston White
  • Dragonfly Environmental Consultants, LLC, Greg Everett
  • Eagle HDD, Edwin Topete
  • Estate Media LLC, Jen Van Rensburg
  • Front Range Construction, Inc., Andrew Rogers
  • J.A. Watts, Michael Carroll
  • LCoates Excavating, Larry Coates
  • M2 Civil Engineering and Construction, Mohamed Kadir
  • Maxx Impact Group, Maxine Pryor
  • Ognotz Factory, Juan Rizzi
  • Rhyolite Engineering, Dawn Culley
  • Rock & Associates, Kenneth Vigil
  • SurvWest, LLC, Matthew Barr

Meet Local Agencies and Prime Contractors for Upcoming Projects in Northern Colorado


Colorado's construction industry is booming! Infrastructure, road, bridge, dam, and building projects are breaking ground every day. Now is a great time for engineering and construction firms to get in on the action and build your sales pipeline. Join Connect2DOT, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and the Minority Business Office for a free event where small businesses can connect with local government agencies and large general contractors who are pursuing capital improvement and infrastructure projects.

You'll get a forecast of opportunities and find out how to join teams and submit bids for projects with CDOT Region 4, City of Fort Collins, Larimer County, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, and several large prime contractors. You'll also learn how to do business with the government and how small business certifications can give you a competitive advantage. We know you're busy, but now is the time to start pursuing the big upcoming construction projects in northern Colorado!

Upcoming Opportunities for Engineering & Construction in Northern Colorado

July 10, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Larimer County Courthouse
200 West Oak St.
Fort Collins, Colorado 80521

Click here to register online or call (970) 498-9295

Women Entrepreneurs Invited to Annual Conference in Southwest Colorado


The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network is once again hosting one of the biggest and brightest conferences in southwest Colorado. You can be a part of this incredible learning and networking opportunity on July 13 in Ignacio, located just outside of Durango. You'll be joined by over 300 like-minded entrepreneurs for an interactive day packed with hands-on business seminars, free one- n-one consulting, exhibitor tables featuring area resources, plenty of networking opportunities, and more! Leave the conference feeling refreshed and rejuvenated with plenty of action items, connections, and inspiration to take your business to the next level of success!

July 13, 2018
7:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sky Ute Casino Resort
14324 Colorado 172
Ignacio, CO 81137

Click here to check out the agenda and register online today!

CDOT Making Plans to Improve I-70 Floyd Hill to Veterans Memorial Tunnels


CDOT has been working with local elected officials and stakeholders to develop concepts and designs to help alleviate congestion, improve safety and maintain the unique environment of the mountains. The project proposal is for westbound I-70 to be widened from two lanes to three at Floyd Hill to accommodate more westbound travelers. I-70 will be reconfigured with simplified curves, bridges and walls to improve line of sight, and improve driver safety. 

The new westbound I-70 alignment would be placed in a tunnel at the bottom of Floyd Hill to reduce weather impacts and improve driver safety. Funding for the project is estimated at $550 but it will require a ballot measure to get moving. At this time, CDOT does not have enough funding to start construction once the initial assessment is complete. As an interim solution to congestion issues along the I-70 Mountain Corridor, CDOT's project team is looking at constructing a Westbound I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lane, or a Mountain Express Lane, similar to the eastbound I-70 Mountain Express Lane. If funding is identified for this $80 million project, construction could start in late spring or summer 2019. Keep an eye out for developments along this corridor which will present multiple opportunities for small businesses. Click here to visit the project website for more information.

CDOT Offering Monthly LCPtracker and B2GNow Training Starting June 18


If you worked on a CDOT construction project in the past year, you probably spent some time doing certified payrolls and figuring out how to respond to numerous emails requesting that you report your project payments. Well, you're not alone! All contractors working on CDOT projects need to use LCPtracker and B2GNow as part of the contract compliance process. It may seem tedious at first, but the better you understand how to use these systems, the more you'll see how they can save you time and get you paid faster. Not a bad trade-off.

CDOT wants to help you master these systems so you can take full advantage of the benefits including proactive prompt payment and online payrolls. Starting June 18, you can attend FREE training sessions taught by CDOT experts. Mónica Vialpando, CDOT's Civil Rights Compliance Specialist, will lead the LCPtracker session, and Erica Downey, CDOT's Subcontractor Compliance Specialist, will lead the B2GNow session. Even if you're not working on a CDOT project right now, click on a date below to save your seat at one of the upcoming sessions so you'e ready when the next project starts.

  • Monday, June 18
  • Monday, July 23
  • Tuesday, August 7
  • Tuesday, September 18
  • Wednesday, October 10

Click here to register for one of the classes listed above.

Calling all Concrete Paving and Flatwork Subcontractors


Join Kiewit for an outreach event specifically for DBE, ESB and other small businesses that provide concrete paving, flatwork, curb and gutter and other related services. You'll get to meet the Central 70 team, learn about the project schedule and scope of work, and find out how to bid on concrete packages on the project. 

May 30, 2018
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Summit Event Center
411 Sable Blvd N, Aurora, CO 80011

RSVP by May 28, 2017 on the Kiewit Supplier Diversity Management System. If you have questions, please email

CDOT HQ and Region 1 On the Move!


CDOT headquarters is getting ready to move to their new location at 2829 W. Howard Place over the next week. You can check out the new building in the Sun Valley neighborhood in Denver at the intersection of W. Howard and Federal Boulevard. The prefabricated main structure is five stories and has 175,000 square feet of office space. The low-rise tower will be home to CDOT's statewide HQ, as well as the Region 1 office for the Denver metro area. There is an adjacent parking structure and direct access to light rail and several major bus lines that stop at the Decatur-Federal station.

Be sure to check with your CDOT contacts in the coming weeks to see when they are relocating to the new building. The expectation is that all employees will be relocated by the end of the month and HQ and Region 1 meetings will be conducted in the new space

CDOT Transportation Commissioners Touring Southwest Colorado this Week


CDOT and members of Colorado's Transportation Commission (TC) will tour the southwestern part of the state on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17, as part of National Infrastructure Week. CDOT and TC members will join local elected officials, community leaders and stakeholders at events to discuss the role of transportation and its importance to Colorado's economy. The Infrastructure Week tour will highlight unfunded priorities in the region, such as needed road widening and highway reconstruction in areas along US 160 and US 550. The tour will also provide the opportunity for the TC to see firsthand several completed projects that have improved the transportation system in the region.

You can join the tour on Thursday, May 17, when the TC will hold a Public Hearing regarding the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 - 2022 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) at the Strater Hotel in Durango at 8:30am. You'll hear about CDOT's short and long-term plans and have an opportunity to provide feedback.

CDOT Seeking Feedback on Statewide DBE Goal for FHWA Funded Projects


CDOT is developing their overall annual DBE goal for FHWA funded projects during federal fiscal years 2019 - 2021. The USDOT requires all recipients of DOT funding to submit an analysis and goal methodology for DBE participation. The goal is intended to come as close as possible to approximating the expected level of disadvantaged businesses participation in the absence of discrimination or itscontinuing effects.

CDOT is currently circulating several online surveys to gather feedback from DBE certified firms, prime contractors and industry stakeholders. You are strongly encouraged to complete the survey and provide feedback and comments that will help CDOT set the future statewide goal. If you would like to provide input that would assist CDOT in setting the DBE goal, please contact:

Emily Crespin
CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center

Hands-On Workshop to Help A&E Firms Get Prequalified by CDOT


Are you an architectural, engineering, environmental or other professional services firm interested in doing business with CDOT? If so, CDOT requires all consultants (as defined by the Brooks Act) to be prequalified and have an approved Master Price Agreement (MPA) with CDOT. 

The process can be intimidating but don't be scared off just because you're a small business! Whether you are a sole proprietor or have several employees, join us for a FREE workshop on May 14th to help you navigate the process and application for CDOT prequalification and MPA. Click here to register.

New CDL License Requirement for Truck Drivers Effective this Summer


Truckers have long been the eyes and ears of the road, and Colorado lawmakers decided to officially put that perspective to use as the state continues its growing battle against human trafficking. 

On Thursday, April 12, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1018 into law which will require truck drivers to complete a half-hour human trafficking awareness course (at no extra cost) in order to get a commercial driver's license (CDL). The new law will go into effect over the summer.
Lawmakers and advocacy groups hope that, with more trained eyes on the road, law enforcement will have a helping hand in stopping sex and labor trafficking. It's time we all help the effort!

Opportunities on Safe Routes to Schools Infrastructure Projects


Colorado's Transportation Commission recently approved $2.49 million to fund 15 Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) projects around the state. These projects help get more students walking and biking to and from school. The program is federally funded, managed by CDOT, and implemented by the grant recipients. The following 10 grantees received funding specifically for infrastructure improvements. Small businesses can start talking now with recipients about design and construction opportunities. 

  • Boulder County Transportation 
  • City of Edgewater 
  • City of Florence 
  • City of Gunnison 
  • City of Thornton 
  • City of Woodland Park 
  • Lewis Palmer School District 38 
  • Thompson School District 
  • Town of Estes Park 
  • Town of Manassa

Central 70 Opportunities & Certification Event on April 19


If you want to find out about opportunities on the Central 70 project and learn how small business certifications can help you get there, come to this event next week at the Workforce Training Center. You'll get project updates from the team, as well as neighboring projects with DEN, National Western Center, and City and County of Denver. From concrete and landscaping to catering and snow removal, there are hundreds of opportunities available for small and disadvantaged business on the Central 70 and other local area projects. Come find out what's happening along this popular corridor! 

Central 70 Small Business Opportunities & Certifications 
April 19, 2018 
4pm - 6pm 
Central 70 Workforce Training Center 
3600 E 46th Ave Denver, CO 80216

CDOT Formalizes Commitment to Fostering Equal Access for Small Businesses in Contracting


Through a gap analysis conducted by CDOT's Civil Rights & Business Resources Center (CRBRC), staff identified a need for policy-level guidance to the Department on the importance of fostering small business capacity to compete for CDOT contracts. 

Recently, the Transportation Commission voted unanimously to approve Policy Directive 606.0 which focuses on contracting methods and program development that CDOT may pursue in order to encourage small business capacity in competing for contracts on CDOT projects. The policy codifies CDOT's commitment to Colorado's transportation-related small business community through program development, creative contracting opportunities, and project manager awareness of the significant role small business plays in driving competition and ultimately decreasing cost of project delivery. 

This is one more way CDOT is helping to foster equal access to contracting opportunities for small businesses in Colorado and the Department and support efforts to decrease bid costs and increase competitive capacity for Colorado's small business community.

Get Connected to Central 70 Bid Opportunities


Last month we told you that Kiewit rolled out a Building Connected platform for subcontractors interested in working on the Central 70 Project. This month, they have over 40 different bid packages that you can review and quote online. 

If you're interested in being a part of the Central 70 project, visit and register. Don't miss out on your opportunity to bid! If you have specific questions, please contact the following project leads: 

CDOT Continues to Restore and Protect Data After Computer Attacks


Officials at CDOT, the Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT), and security software providers continue to work on removing ransomware from the Department's systems after they were attacked on February 21. 

The CDOT servers infected with the ransomware were immediately taken offline to prevent spread of the virus, and the FBI and other security agencies were brought in to help determine the root cause of the attack. A week later, the agency was struck again with a variant of the malicious software and efforts are still underway to eradicate the issue. The ransomware attack has not affected construction projects in process or any critical traffic operations or third-party software systems. This includes the web-based B2GNow system which is used for DBE and ESB Certification. 

CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center recently issued a statement saying there is no reason to suspect that any proprietary data such as financial records or personally identifying information associated with DBE or ESB certification records have been compromised. Because certification records are housed and processed in B2GNow, they were not in any way tied to the current internal security issues. You may experience some slow down of communication as CDOT works to restore backup files and clean computers throughout the organization. Please be patient while they get all systems back up and online. If you have any questions about your certification information, please feel free to email

WORKNOW Construction Employment Platform Provides Training and Support


WORKNOW is an employment platform designed to help place, retain and advance workers on the Central 70 Project and other regional infrastructure projects. The ultimate goal is to build incomes for families through high-wage jobs in the construction industry and targeted resource support. 

WORKNOW officially launched on CDOT's Central 70 project and serves multiple infrastructure projects across metro Denver, including the upcoming National Western Center. WORKNOW provides employment services in three key areas: 

  • Resource Navigation: Support for services that may arise and act as a barrier to employment, like gas cards, child care access or driver's license reinstatement fees, etc. 
  • Training and Career Guidance: Basic and middle skills training options can be customized for specific project positions; navigators can help you target hiring contractors on local projects. 
  • Employment/Advancement: Quarterly job fairs for particular projects, support for online applications with construction contractors; retention and upskilling coaching to help you keep your job. If you're interested in learning more, please visit and sign up for an Information Session.

WCCA Offering Heavy Equipment Operators Apprenticeship


Construction companies all over Colorado have a shortage of skilled Heavy Equipment Operators to compete for and complete jobs in the industry. Western Colorado is no exception. The number one concern of Western Colorado Contractors Association (WCCA) Members is the ability to attract and train the next generation of skilled workers without the overhead of sending employees to the other side of the state. 

Out of that need, WCCA has constructed a Heavy Equipment Operators Apprenticeship for Contractors in Western Colorado. The apprenticeship includes:
  • 6,000 hours on-the-job training through employer agreement and 440 classroom instruction hours over 3 year period per apprentice 
  • Department of Labor and Office of Apprenticeship Certification Bi- Annual pay increases based on level of completion 
  • Ability to transfer into other accredited programs 
  • Co-oped hours of OJT for area CDOT jobs 
  • Classes taught by area certified instructors Federal Assistance opportunity for veterans 
  • Investment into an apprentice yielding more valuable workers with greater abilities 
Enrollment is open March 5-26, 2018. If you or your employees are interested in this program, please visit

Kiewit Launches Building Connected for Central 70 Subcontractor Bidding


Kiewit recently rolled out a Building Connected platform for subcontractors interested in working on the Central 70 Project. You can register, login, view bid packages, and submit subquotes online for various opportunities. Kiewit is actively looking for DBE/ESB companies to provide pre-construction and construction services. 

The following bid packages are currently available on the Building Connected website: 

  • Dumpsters 
  • Sanitary Facilities 
  • Striping 
  • Asphalt Milling 
  • Temporary Signage 
  • Guardrails 
  • Demolition & Abatement 
  • Environmental Laboratories 
  • Traffic Control Materials 
  • Temporary Fencing 
If you are interested in being a part of the Central 70 project, visit and register. View all the published packages and bid competitively. If you have any questions, please email Kiewit at

Central 70 Project Gets Ready for Construction This Summer


The Central 70 Project team continues to get ready for the start of construction this summer. Teams are in the field conducting utility relocations, soil sampling and survey work. Community commitments are well underway. Close to 300 homes are in progress to receive home improvements and the Workforce Training Center has provided training and career support to nearly 400 residents. 

If you want to gain a competitive advantage in working with the Kiewit Meridiam Partners team on the Central 70 project, get your small business DBE and ESB certified! CDOT is hosting a FREE workshop at the Workforce Training Center to show you how to apply, what information you need to submit, and how long it takes. You'll walk away with a good understanding which certifications you need and the benefits they can offer your company.

Central 70 Small Business Opportunities & Certifications Workshop 
April 19, 2018 4pm - 6pm 
Central 70 Workforce Training Center 
3600 E 46th Ave Denver, CO 80216 

From concrete and landscaping to catering and snow removal, there are hundreds of opportunities available for small and disadvantaged business on the Central 70 and other local area projects. You'll also have an opportunity to meet with representatives from other major construction projects in the area, so stick around to hear from some of our neighbors!

Meet Buyers at the Advance Colorado Procurement Expo on April 3


The 9th Annual Advance Colorado Procurement Expo is a one-of-a-kind event where buyers and sellers meet and learn how to do business together. Colorado procurement leaders and decision makers meet one-on-one with business owners during this premier industry event.

This is the most anticipated procurement event of the year because it's the one time that you can meet with a whole hall full of buyers looking for small business vendors. Check out the list of Exhibitors and Buyers and be sure to stop by and see CDOT Procurement and Connect2DOT. This year there's also an amazing lineup of guest speakers including: 

  • Donna Lynne, DRPH, Colorado Lieutenant Governor & Chief Operating Officer 
  • Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City and County of Denver 
  • Stephanie Copeland, Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade 
  • Jay Lindell, Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade 
If you provide goods or services and want to get a piece of the government procurement pie, stick your fork in this event and register today! 
2018 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo: 

April 3, 2018 8:30am - 3pm 
$35 per person, exhibitor booths and sponsorships available 
Renaissance Stapleton 
3801 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80207 
Register Today! (Use promo code CDOT for $10 off registration)

LEADING EDGE for Transportation Program Starting in Denver on March 28


Join CDOT Connect2DOT and the Denver Metro SBDC for the next awardwinning business planning program for highway design and construction businesses. This nine-week course will teach you the secrets to becoming a highly sought-after contractor for government and commercial contracts. 

You'll learn "what it takes" to scale and build a sustainable business. You'll develop a strategic plan that will guide your business for the next 2-5 years. You'll work one-on-one with industry experts and seasoned consultants You'll meet with decision-makers from CDOT, RTD, City & County of Denver, Kiewit Meridiam Partners (Central 70 Project Developer) and other Prime Contractors looking for ready, willing, and able subs. You get all of this plus an invitation to an Exclusive Meet & Greet with the Central 70 Team this spring and preferential consideration for CDOT's ESB Mentor-Protege Program! 

HALF OFF REGISTRATION! Get in on the action early and get half off the normal registration fee. Plus, if you graduate from the program, you'll receive full reimbursement making the program FREE! 

Date: March 28 - May 23, 2018 (Every Wednesday for 9 weeks) 
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm 
Cost: $322.50 Deposit. Reimbursed by meeting criteria for graduation. 
Location: Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, 1445 Market St., Denver CO 80202 We will be hosting an Information Session on March 14th at 5:30pm so you can meet the instructors and learn more. Space is limited and this program will sell out so register soon!

CDOT Ramping Down RAMP


CDOT recently completed a five-year initiative to accelerate project delivery known as Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP). This effort was part of CDOT's transition to an annual expenditure model rather than the previous practice of "banking" the full amount of funding required to complete a project before construction could begin. 

Now that RAMP has ended, CDOT will continue funding multi-year projects based on the year of expenditure, but the annual project advertisement budget has returned to pre-RAMP levels. This is evidenced by the base ad amount for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, totaling approximately $384 million. 

As a result, you may see some changes to how and when CDOT posts projects for ad. For example, there may be a reduction in the quantity and/or frequency of project ads. Although this shift may cause some concern for contractors, CDOT is able to meet all current contract commitments and, assuming the receipt of Colorado Senate Bill 17-267, projections show that the project budget for next fiscal year will be more than $650 million. As always, CDOT is committed to communicating any notable changes to the contracting community as they arise. If you have any questions about RAMP or the state of CDOT's future funding and how it may impact your business, please feel free to contact: 
  • Consultants: Maggie Molinas, Consultant Contracts Manager, (303) 757-9398 
  • Contractors: Marci Gray, Construction Contracts Manager, or (303) 757-9297 
  • Small Businesses: Cathy Kramer, Connect2DOT Program Manager; or (720) 624-6728

CDOT Project Plans Now Available Online for Free Through B2GNow


CDOT has launched a new tool in the CDOT B2G Business Management System that provides contractors with access to online construction bid plans for free. This initiative comes as the CDOT Print Shop officially closes its doors and it offers contractors an alternative to downloading plans from Bid Express. Please note that construction bids must still be submitted via Bid Express. 

To access CDOT bid solicitation documents including plans, specifications, and revisions, go to and click View Active Bid Plans. If you are not already registered in the CDOT B2G Business Management System, you must first click Register and complete the CDOT Contractor Registration. Once you have created a user account and registered as a contractor, you can login to access any active bid documents.

The new tool also features an Online Planholders List. If you want to be notified of updates or revisions to a bid opportunity, you will need to add yourself to the Planholders List when viewing project bid documents. If you are interested in seeing who has viewed the bid documents, you can login to access the bid documents for a specific project and click View Planholders List. 

For assistance with navigating through this process, you can find contacts, tutorial videos, and system support by clicking Contact Us on the main page of the Business Management System. If you have other questions, feel free to contact Connect2DOT at (720) 624-6728 or

CDOT's 2018 Contract & Labor Compliance Training Hits the Road


Registration is now open for CDOT's highly-anticipated annual Contract & Labor Compliance Training. CDOT staff will provide information about Civil Rights regulations, processes, and systems, as well as programmatic updates about ADA, On-the-Job Training (OJT), and regional project forecasts. Check out the locations and dates below for a training session near you. 

  • Denver: February 26 - February 27 
  • Grand Junction: March 13 - March 14
  • Denver: March 27 - 28 
  • Durango: April 5 - April 6 
  • Grand Junction: April 17 - April 18 
AGENDA: New this year, CDOT is rolling out a comprehensive two-day conference format. This will allow your various staff to get the information and resources they need to successfully be in compliance with Civil Rights requirements on CDOT construction projects. Click here for the full schedule. Day 1: This session will begin with the traditional Contract & Labor Compliance Training and end with two breakouts, one for Small Businesses and another for CDOT Project Managers. Day 2: This session has two tracks; one on Software & Systems (B2GNow & LCPTracker) for those responsible for DBE reporting, certified payrolls and prompt payment, and another for Compliance Programs (ADA, OJT, and a Regional Project Forecast) for Project Managers and business staff. 

REGISTRATION: Click here to register. All working sessions are free to attend but registration is required. You can sign up for just the sessions that apply to you or attend the whole program for maximum benefit. Space is limited, so be sure to register today.

Recent Revisions to CDOT Standard Special Provisions


The following revisions to the Standard Special Provisions were issued between December 28, 2017 - January 5, 2018.

  • On January 5, CDOT issued 9 revisions under Department of Labor General Decisions related to minimum wage changes.
  • Revision of Sections 105 and 106 - Conformity to the Contract of Hot Mix Asphalt (Voids Acceptance)
  • Revision of Section 106 - Conformity to the Contract of Hot Mix Asphalt (Less Than 5000 Tons)
  • Revision of Section 106 - Conformity to the Contract of Hot Mix Asphalt (Less Than 5000 Tons with Volumetric Verification)
  • Revision of Sections 206 and 703 - Structure Backfill (Flow-Fill)
  • Revision of Sections 504 and 641 - Soil Nail Wall
  • Revision of Section 518 - Polyester Concrete End Dam

CDOT Bid Shop and Store Room Closing on January 31


Last year, CDOT closed down the Print Shop at Headquarters as part of a strategic plan to go electronic prior to moving Headquarters and Region 1 offices to their new building southeast of the West Colfax Avenue and Federal Boulevard interchange. At the end of this month, CDOT will officially close the Bid Plan Shop and Store Room and transition to an online service on B2G. Contractors will be able to access all bid plans for FREE from the new online system. When the new system launches, CDOT will stop providing CDs of bid plans or hard copies of award sets. All documents will be available electronically.

What you need to know:
  • Until January 31, you can pick up free CDs of any CDOT bid plans.
  • After January 31 (and possibly earlier), you can download all bid plan sets from a new electronic service on B2G.
  • This system is available for FREE but you will need to register as a contractor at if you have not already done so.
  • Project plan holder lists will now be accessible through the system.
  • If you are a plan holder, the new system will alert you of any revisions and you will be able to download related documents.
  • The CDOT Contracts office will provide prime contractors with an electronic award set.
  • Previous CDOT sponsored BidX account holders may request reimbursement for access to online plans through January 31.
  • Keep an eye out for training on the new B2G system later this month.

Meet with 40+ Government Agencies at the Contract Opportunities Fair on February 8


The annual Contract Opportunity Fair in Boulder is a place where agencies with upcoming contracting opportunities connect with small businesses that may be a qualified match. Over 200 Front Range small to medium-sized businesses in various industries, stages of procurement, and capabilities attend this event with more than 40 government agencies and resource partners. This year is focused on Advanced Technology, Construction, Procurement & Supplier Diversity and includes: 

  • Speaker panels with contracting representatives discussing upcoming contracting opportunities and how to do business with their respective organizations
  • Break-out sessions covering beginner to accelerated topics 40+ Federal, state, local and corporate contracting exhibitors ready to make a connection
  • One-to-one appointments with coveted contracting representatives (reserved for businesses purchasing an exhibitor table)
  • Endless networking opportunities throughout the day!

Register Today!

Come visit with CDOT Procurement and Connect2DOT along with various other government agencies at this jam-packed event!

Date: February 8, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $89
Location: UCAR Center Green Campus, 3080 Center Green Drive,
Boulder CO 80301

CDOT and Kiewit Meridiam Partners Seal the Deal for the Central 70 Project


Kiewit Meridiam Partners, LLC (KMP) comprised of global investor Meridiam and Kiewit Development Company, a subsidiary of Kiewit, has reached financial close to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the CDOT Central 70 project. Meridiam is a 60 percent equity provider, with Kiewit Development Company providing the other 40 percent of the equity and Kiewit Infrastructure Company serving as the design-build contractor. 

Financial close for the project is a major accomplishment for CDOT and the state of Colorado. It is the final step in partnering for CDOT's largest project ever which will sink a portion of I-70 east of I-25 and expand the road by adding a toll lane in each direction between I-25 and Chambers Road. Financial close also means the project is now fully under contract and opportunities for small businesses will be coming soon. Construction is still on target to begin this summer. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming small business outreach events, workforce development opportunities, and more.

CDOT Region 4 Curb Ramp ESB Restricted Projects Planned for June 2018


CDOT Region 4 has a total of 4,699 curb ramps and only 1,020 are "functionally accessible" based upon recent ADA standards and a statewide inspection conducted by CDOT. Along with other regions across the state, Region 4 is taking aggressive steps to upgrade these curb ramps as part of CDOT's Statewide Curb Ramp Accessibility Program. In June, 2018, Region 4 will advertise two of these projects for bidding by ESB certified firms only. One is in Loveland with ramps on US 287 and US 34. 

The other is in Greeley with ramps on US 34, US 85, and US 85 Business. There is expected to be between 30 and 50 ramps for each project. ESB certified firms with experience in concrete and curb and gutter should keep an eye on the CDOT Bidding web page for these opportunities. Firms not yet certified can review eligibility rules and find a link to a mandatory Orientation and the online application on the CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center web page. You can also find ADA resources and information about the proposed guidelines for accessbility right-of-ways (PROWAG) on the CDOT ADA web page.

CDOT US 550/160 Connection in Southwest Colorado Moves Forward


The Colorado Transportation Commission recently gave a sound nod toward a planned highway construction project in southwest Colorado. At the commission's monthly meeting in November, members approved $54.4 million for the US Highway (US) 550 connection to the US 160 Grandview interchange.

The funding approval is a provisional commitment made by the Transportation Commission using Senate Bill (SB) 267 state funds. The overall cost of the project is expected to be just under $100 million with additional contributions coming from a FASTLANE grant to La Plata County, TERO fee waiver and grant funding from the Southern Ute Tribe, as well as pledges from the City of Durango, CDOT Region 5, and other partners.

CDOT officials hope to solicit requests for proposal by the end of 2018, with a goal of breaking ground on the project in 2019. The planned project south of Durango would allow abandonment of the current Farmington Hill route and realign US 550 along a ridge directly into the existing Grandview interchange. The realignment will improve mobility by providing a safer and more efficient connection of Highways 550 and 160.

Last month, CDOT held an Upcoming Opportunities Event for a record crowd in Durango that included a presentation by Mike McVaugh, Region 5 Transportation Director about the US 550/160 project. You can view the presentation and find out about other 2018 infastructure projects planned in southwestern Colorado by visiting

CDOT Hosting DBE Winter Breakfast Social for on Decmeber 14


As we head into winter and the holiday season, it's important to foster community, so CDOT is hosting a networking meeting for DBE certified firms to connect over coffee and donuts and get to know each other better. CDOT and co-sponsors SE3 and Martinez Associates invite you to attend this fun get together to celebrate a successful year and network with your peers. You'll hear from successful DBE contractors and learn how they have achieved success. You'll also get to meet with CDOT staff and potential teaming partners to create your own pathway to success. 

If you would like your firm to be featured during a slideshow at the event, please send your logo, website address, and 1-2 sentences summarizing your work to by Monday, December 11th. Learn more at:

Kraemer/IHC JV Selected for North I-25 Johnstown to Fort Collins Express Lanes Project


CDOT has chosen Kraemer/IHC Joint Venture (JV) as the apparent selected team to constuct the next segment of Express Lanes on Colorado I-25. CDOT will now enter negotiations with the team and plans to announce the final award in the near future. The project will increase capacity on I-25 between Johnstown and Fort Collins by adding an Express Lane in each direction. The team will also replace aging bridges and widen others, create new pedestrian and bicycle access under I-25 at Kendall Parkway, and connect the Cache la Poudre River Regional Trail under I-25.

Work is scheduled to begin in 2018 and is expected to be completed in late 2021. There is a 10% DBE goal on the design portion of the project and 12% DBE goal on construction. CDOT also established a 2% ESB goal on the total contract value.

Kraemer North America’s headquarters is in Plain, WI with a regional office in Castle Rock, and Interstate Highway Construction (IHC) is based in Englewood, CO. The team was selected after a comprehensive RFP process that included a short-list of three qualified teams.

For additional information, call the project information line at (720) 593-1996 or email the team at You can also sign up for updates and find prime contractor contact information on the project website at

U.S. District Court Allows Central 70 Project to Move Forward


The Federal District Court in Denver recently granted FHWA and CDOT's motion to dismiss certain claims alleging the Central 70 Project is improperly connected to Denver's Platte to Park Hill stormwater project. The case was originally filed in July 2017 and in September the plaintiffs asked the court to temporarily halt the Central 70 Project, seeking to also stop further construction of the Platte to Park Hill Project. The Court found that it lacks the jurisdiction to rule on claims relating to Denver's stormwater project, which can proceed independently, regardless of the Central 70 Project.

Plaintiffs' claims relating to certain environmental issues are still before the Court, and plaintiffs are seeking an injunction to stop the Central 70 Project on these claims as well. However, today's decision allows CDOT to continue forward with the Central 70 Project while the Court continues to deliberate on these other environmental claims.

While remaining elements of the litigation proceed to a resolution in the courts, CDOT will continue to implement it's commitments to the community. Current efforts include providing home improvements to approximately 300 homes in the Elyria Swansea neighborhood and reconstruction of portions of Swansea Elementary School. Both efforts are related to preparing the local community for the four-year construction period.

CDOT I-25 South Gap Widening Project Moving Forward with CM/GC


Over the last year, CDOT has undertaken a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study to identify a long-term vision for the 34-mile stretch of I-25 south from Monument to C-470. As a result of the study, CDOT identified the 18-mile segment from Monument to Castle Rock, known as "the Gap," as the most urgent and highest priority. With $250 million identified by CDOT and additional local contributions and federal grants looking to fill the funding gap, CDOT is moving forward with a solicitation for Construction Manager General Contractor (CM/GC) Construction Services.

Yesterday, CDOT released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Project # NHPP 0252-450 (21102) for the I-25 South Gap Project: Monument to Castle Rock. There will be a mandatory Pre-proposal meeting on Thursday November 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at CDOT Region 1, 2000 South Holly St., in the Large Maintenance Conference Room.

The selected contractor will be involved in the design development by providing input into various design elements and constructability. CDOT has retained and contracted with CH2M Hill as the Design Firm of Record. Major stakeholders in the area include CDOT, Douglas County, El Paso County, and FHWA.

CDOT chose the CM/GC delivery method because it provides the quickest opportunity to get a contractor on board, and to potentially get an early package under construction by November 2018. CDOT is still planning to complete a PEL study for the entire 34-mile corridor of I-25 from Monument to C-470. However, that schedule has been extended so that they can focus attention on completing the environmental assessment and design required to begin constructing the 18-mile Gap segment in November 2018.

CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt Stepping Down


Shaileen Bhatt will leave his role as Executive Director at CDOT in December. Gov. John Hickenlooper made the announcement last month and praised the innovation that Shailen brought to our state's highway system. Over the past two years, Shailen oversaw the opening of the U.S. 36 and I-25 express lanes, the Bustang launch, and created the RoadX program, which focuses on smart technologies like self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and more.

Shailen leaves to become the President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, a Washington, D.C.- based organization focused on developing and deploying intelligent transportation systems across the United States. Mike Lewis, CDOT's Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, will serve as interim Executive Director.

CDOT Mentor-Protégé Program Deadline Extended to December 1


CDOT has extended the deadline for Mentor-Protégé applications to December 1, 2017 so you still have time to get your team together and apply. Teams consisting of a prime contractor or prime consultant and an ESB firm may form a relationship for coaching and support. Mentors may receive a financial incentive or double ESB participation points on design-build projects and there is potential for a bonus and stipends.

A complete program overview can be found on the Connect2DOT website. There are only 6 spots available to be sure to get your application in by the deadline on December 1, 2017.

CDOT Teaming with Arrivo for Hyperloop-Inspired Test Track


CDOT will announce today a partnership with California company Arrivo to build a test track for a high-speed transportation system inspired by the Hyperloop project. Hyperloop systems move magnetically lifted pods through tubes, which reduce aerodynamic drag. This is the state's second hyperloop public-private partnership after winning a Top 10 spot in the Hyperloop One competition earlier this year.

Arrivo plans to build the estimated $15 million test track next year along the E-470 Toll Highway east of Denver. This segment could eventually become the first segment of a full Arrivo network. Their focus is on short, direct routes, between 10 and 60 miles which would move passengers and freight at speeds of up to 200 mph. The system could turn a trip from downtown Denver from a 35- to 70-minute drive to a 10-minute whoosh.

The company also plans to build an engineering and technology center, and add 200 employees by 2020. With funding from the state, its AECOM infrastructure partner, the E-470 Public Highway Authority, and its own coffers, Arrivo will start with a feasibility study in the hopes of having a commercial system running in four to five years.

CDOT Launches Business Hub for Central 70 Project


CDOT's new Central 70 Contractor Management System is a business hub for firms interested in subcontracting on the Central 70 Project. Firms can sign up to receive email communications from CDOT regarding outreach events and other opportunities. Going forward, firms that are selected to work on Central 70 will use this system to verify contract payments, monitor contract compliance, and track small business contract participation. To Register: 

  • Visit Click on the "Sign Up" button 
  • Click on "Lookup Account" to see if you already have an account in the B2G system* 
  • If you do NOT have an account, click on "Create Account" under New Registration 
  • If you DO have an account, click on "Login" under Update Your Registration 
  • After you login, complete the Central 70 Questionnaire 
*Please note that this system is separate from the CDOT Business Management System used for certification, prequalification, and payment management. You must still have an account and complete the Questionnaire in the Central 70 Contractor Management System to be connected with the Central 70 project. 

Training and Information: The Central 70 Contractor Management System is hosted by B2GNow which conducts system training classes. You can RSVP for training classes by clicking on the "Training" link in the Contractor Management System. For any questions regarding the Central 70 Contractor Management System, please email

Team Rocky Mountain Finalist in Hyperloop One Competition


Denver to Vail in less than 9 minutes? It may seem outrageous but Team Rocky Mountain is thinking outside of the box and into the Hyperloop. The team which includes CDOT, DEN, and AECOM was named one of 10 finalists in the global Hyperloop One competition to build a vacuum-sealed tunnel that would shoot pods of people and freight between cities at up to 700 miles per hour. Team Rocky Mountain proposed a 360-mile route that would connect Vail, Pueblo, and Cheyenne to Denver. It would include several stops and be able to handle 45 million trips in 2040, generating an estimated $2 billion in revenues per year. CDOT is now taking the next step and entering a public-private partnership with Hyperloop One to start a feasibility study for the route. The study will look at transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes and potential strategies, regulatory environments and alignment with overall high-speed travel. Innovative funding options will also be explored since CDOT has stated that they will not be funding the proposed $24 million project.

CDOT ADA Curb Ramp Program Rolling Out Statewide


CDOT recently embarked on an $85M effort to bring all curb ramps into compliance with the ADA and PROWAG standards over the next five years. With more than 20,000 curb ramps statewide, CDOT is taking a "worst first" approach to upgrading curb ramps and addressing deficiencies. This approach has been reviewed and vetted by the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition and includes nine categories that group curb ramps according to common issues. As part of this effort, CDOT also updated and released a 2017 ADA TransitionPlan which includes policies, procedures, and an overview of the 5-year ADA Curb Ramp Program. The program is focused on upgrading ramps not scheduled to be addressed during regular engineering project delivery over the next 5 years, thus ensuring that the agency maximizes opportunities for program delivery. Several documents and resources are available to contractors including recently released training videos. Click on the links below to get up to speed. 

CDOT Releases Revised Standard Special Provision Related to Davis-Bacon Wage Specifications


CDOT recently issued the revised Minimum Wages, Colorado, U.S.Department of Labor, General Decision Number CO170019, MOD 3 standard special provision. This revised standard special is to be included in all federalaid projects beginning with projects that have bid openings on October 2, 2017 or later. MOD 3 changes the fringe benefits for these Power Equipment Operators: Hydraulic Backhoe, Drill Rig Caisson, Loader (6 cubic yards and under), Motor Grader, Crane, and Scraper in Denver and Douglas counties. This standard special provision should be used on all federal-aid projects with contracts exceeding $2000, except for non-ARRA projects on roadways classified as local roads or rural minor collectors, which are exempt. Projects on local roads, rural minor collectors, and enhancement projects funded with ARRA funds are not exempt.

CDOT Soliciting Problem Statements for FY19 Research Program


The CDOT Division of Transportation Development Applied Research andInnovation Branch (ARIB) is soliciting problem statements to develop the FY19 research program. This effort is undertaken to formulate a comprehensive set of transportationrelated research ideas. Once the research ideas are prioritized, selected and funded, a CDOT study panel develops the final scope of work and universities and consultants are asked to submit proposals to conduct the research. For approved projects, funds will be available for encumbrance in October of 2018. Problem statements are due to CDOT research staff by Friday, October 27, 2017. A problem statement is a short form describing a transportation problem and/or potential innovation that is proposed for detailed study. Research ideas will be reviewed by the appropriate CDOT Research Oversight Team (ROT) members and then submitted to the Research and Implementation Council (RIC) for ranking, approval, and fund allocation. More information is detailed in the Solicitation Notice.

CDOT Transportation Erosion Control Supervisor (TECS) Certification Goes Paperless


CDOT has gone self-serve and paperless for all TECS certifications. TECS certifications and classes are now accessible from the CDOT H2O Protal at If you are currently an active TECS Student, you will have received an e-mail with your username and password allowing you access to your active registration, certifications, and class documents. If you are not currently an active TECS student, the H2O Portal webpage has detailed instructions on how to register. CDOT requires any individual designated on the Erosion Control Management (ECM) team to hold a valid CDOT Transportation Erosion Control Supervisor (TECS) Certification on CDOT projects holding a CDPSSCP. To make TECS a sustainable long term certification program, starting in August 2017, TECS courses cost $159.00 per class. If you have any questions or need assistance please email or call (303) 757-9810.

CDOT Mentor-Protégé Program Application Deadline is November 1


CDOT's new Mentor-Protégé Program is now accepting applications from partners in highway construction and design. Individual teams consisting of a prime contractor or prime consultant and an ESB firm may form a relationship to provide mutual coaching and support. There are only 6 spots available to be sure to get your application in by the deadline on November 1, 2017. In addition to invaluable business coaching, there are several benefits to being in the program: 

  • Mentors may receive a financial incentive or double ESB participation on design-build projects. 
  • Mentor-protégé teams will be eligible for a bonus as part of the financial incentive for CDOT construction and professional services contracts. 
  • Mentors may receive a financial stipend for time spent with the protégé. 
  • Mentor-protégé teams will receive special recognition from CDOT and industry stakeholders. 
You can now find comprehensive information about the CDOT MentorProtégé Program eligibility, incentives, and the online application by clicking here. You can also learn more at the next CDOT Collaborative Forums.

New VIP Speakers Announced for Transportation Agency Collaboration Conference on September 21


Mayor Michael B. Hancock of the City of Denver was recently confirmed as a VIP speaker for the lunch program at the 2017 Colorado Small Business Collaboration Conference. He joins an exciting lineup of VIPs who will talk about the future of transportation in Colorado. 

  • Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City of DenverDavid Genova, GM & CEO of RTD
  • Shailen Bhatt, Executive Director of CDOT
  • Eric Hiraga, Executive Director fo the Denver Office of Economic
  • Development (formerly Chief of Staff at DEN)
This conference will give you access to all four of the top Colorado transportation agencies at one time, in one place. Hosted by CDOT, RTD, City & County of Denver, and Denver International Airport the event is shaping up to be quite a shindig. The agenda is a packed full of networking opportunities and workshops to help you understand the similarities and differences in contracting with each agency. The Exhibitor Hall will provide face time to talk with agency staff, primes, and industry resource partners. 

September 21, 2017
7:30am - 5:00pm
$30 per person (breakfast and lunch included)
PPA Event Center
2105 Decatur St, Denver, CO 80211

US DOT and Adams County Invite You to Support Women in Construction


On September 7th, the US DOT and Adams County are hosting an inagural Transportation Girl Luncheon to encourage young women to enter the construction industry and to celebrate the women who have led the way. Only 8% of the workforce in construction is women. In the next 10-15 years, the Denver metro area will see more construction than at any time in the past. With 20% of the construction workforce in Colorado retiring in the past 2 years, there is an acute need for workers in construction. The luncheon aims to encourage young women to enter this career field. All business owners, contractors, and young women are invited to attend and show support for women and girls in the construction and transportation industry. Your support will change the landscape of our industry and give girls reason to believe in possibilities for their life. One of the featured speakers will be Michelle Harris, Manager of the Regional Assistance Division for the US Department of Transportation and the MC for the event will be Amelia Earhart, 9NEWS Traffic Reporter. Click here to register.

Top 4 Colorado Transportation Agencies Hosting Industry Conference Next Month


CDOT, RTD, City & County of Denver, and Denver International Airport are gearing up for the inaugural collaboration event that will cater to small businesses interested in doing business with the agencies, as well as large prime contractors and prime consultants. The agenda is a packed full of networking opportunities and workshops to help you understand the similarities and differences in contracting with each agency. The Exhibitor Hall will provide face time to talk with agency staff, primes, and industry resource partners. The Exhibitor Hall will provide face time to talk with agency staff, primes, and industry resource partners. 

You'll also hear from Agency Executives about the future of transportation in Colorado and where we're headed. Come find out how to capitalize on contracting opportunities to build capacity and take your business to the next level. This is the premier government contracting event of the year and it will sell out quickly! September 21, 2017 7:30am - 4:30pm $30 per person (breakfast and lunch included) PPA Event Center 2105 Decatur St, Denver, CO 80211. 


Sponsorships: Interested in getting your name in front of hundreds of industry businesses and gaining recognition from agency staff? Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here to learn more.

CDOT Announces New Mentor-Protégé Program for Contractors and Consultants


CDOT is rolling out a brand new MentorProtégé Program that will provide opportunities for Emerging Small Businesses (ESB) to hone their business skills by working closely with established firms in highway construction or design. The program will assist CDOT and the transportation industry in general to build a more effective diverse consultant base for the future. The Mentor-Protégé Program is open to both contractors and consultants in highway construction and design. Individual firms will be responsible for identifying and forming a mentor-protégé relationship and applying to CDOT for formal approval. A limited number of pairings will be selected this year so start formalizing your partnerships now and attend the upcoming networking session to open the discussion. Mentor-Protégé Networking Session.

If you're looking for a partner to participate with in this new program, join CDOT for a networking session with both prospective mentors and protégés. All interested prime contractors, prime consultants, and ESB certified firms are encouraged to attend. August 28, 2017 8:30am - 10:30am (snacks provided) CDOT Headquarters - 2nd Fl. Auditorium 4201 E. Arkansas Ave. Denver, CO 80202 RSVP:

2017 CDOT Standards and Specifications Book Released


Effective July 3, 2017, the CDOT Standards and Specifications unit has issued the 2017CDOT Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction. This edition supersedes the 2011 edition. Be sure to update your bookmarks to this new web page!

CDOT will begin use of the 2017 edition on specified projects advertised for bids during July, August, and September. The 2017 edition will be used on all projects advertised after October 1, 2017. 

A printed version of the book may be purchased from CDOT's Visual Communication Center by calling 303-757- 9313 or by visiting the Publications for Purchase website. The cost of the book is $25.00 plus any shipping and handling costs. Printed copies will be available until the end of calendar year. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the CDOT Standards and Specifications office at 303-757-9474.

CDOT Central 70 Project Opens Career Training & Resource Center


CDOT recently celebrated the opening of a new neighborhood CareerTraining and Resource Center aimed at getting residents in and around north Denver ready to work on the expansion of Interstate 70. The center is located at 3600 E. 46th Avenue near Colorado Boulevard. It is a collaboration between CDOT, City of Denver, National Western Center, Community College of Denver, Emily Griffith Technical College, Colorado Contractors Association, Associated General Contractors, and GaryCommunity Investments (GCI).

This center brings together multiple construction training providers in a single location to deliver classroom and hands-on training in the construction crafts. The location within Elyria-Swansea neighborhood connects local residents with easily accessible job training and future career opportunities associated with the Central 70 Project and other nearby construction projects. 

Six courses will be offered with a flexible training schedule in a facility with three work bays, four hands-on training rooms and a yard designated for heavy equipment. The center will also host networking opportunities, including job fairs for construction careers, access to CDOT maintenance job listings, and outreach for Central 70 job openings. 

GCI joined in this work by investing more than $1 million in job training and support programs, marking the first time CDOT has partnered with a private foundation. Funding from GCI will support additional training classes along with support programs, like child care, that are critical to securing and retaining jobs in the construction industry. 

The training center and foundation investment will support a first-in-Colorado local hire program requiring that 20 percent of the Central 70 workforce, equivalent to approximately 350 local residents, be hired from 15 local neighborhoods adjacent to I-70 in Denver and Aurora.

CDOT Launches New & Improved Business Center Landing Page


Better organized, easier to navigate, more visual. That's what people are saying about the new Business Center landing page on the CDOT website. The redesign was undertaken several months ago by an internal stakeholder group made up of various CDOT departments. The goal was to create a clean and user-friendly interface that would help business users find valuable resources. 

The new page is divided into six primary categories including a new section on "Bid Opportunities" that puts bid and award information just one click away. Several new links are provided in each of the main sections to make it easier to navigate to the pages that are visited most often. Additional resource links are listed on the right side of the page.

If you are having trouble finding something that used to be on the landing page, you can use the search tool at the upper right corner of the site or click on the link to the old page which will be available until August 31, 2017

CDOT Online Training Center Now Available for Contractors


CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center has launched a new online training center for businesses interested in working with CDOT. The online courses provide information to help you navigate CDOT contracting and certification. There are currently three modules available: 

  • Introduction to Bidding on CDOT Construction Projects 
  • How to Use LCPtracker for Certified Payrolls 
  • Emerging Small Business (ESB) Orientation 
The mandatory ESB Orientation can now be completed online on your schedule. It will also continue to be offered as a webinar once per quarter. CDOT will be adding more courses on relevant topics such as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification in the coming months. Whether you are new to CDOT contracting or would like to brush up on your skills, go to and create an account then login and start learning!

Central 70 LEADING EDGE for Transportation Graduates 30 Top Small Businesses


Last month, a dedicated group of 30 small business owners and partners completed an intensive 8-week business planning course designed to help them become more competitive and successful in the transportation industry. The graduates developed an actionable business development plan and a solid understanding of strategic planning, construction and managerial accounting, prime contractor marketing, estimating and bidding and project management.

This program was specifically customized to prepare small businesses for subcontracting on the CDOT Central 70 project. Special thanks to the CDOT Central 70 project team for their support. Many thanks also to members of the four shortlisted teams of 5280 Connectors, I-70 Mile High Partners, Front Range Mobility Group, and Kiewit-Meridiam Partners who volunteered as subject matter experts and panelists to share invaluable insights with the class.

If you're interested in joining this elite group of LEADING EDGE graduates, Register Today for the next program starting October 5, 2017 at the Pikes Peak SBDC in Colorado Springs

Join CDOT for the Next Professional Services Collaborative Forum on July 13


Don't miss this quarter's Collaborative Forum for Professional Services (e.g., engineering, environmental, surveying, etc.). The forum will be held on July 13, from 9am - 11am at CDOT Headquarters in Denver. It is open to all consultant firms, both large and small, who are interested in working on CDOT highway and bridge design projects. The meeting will also be simulcast as a webinar for those who are unable to attend in person. This is a highly interactive meeting and CDOT welcomes your feedback and suggestions on topics relevant to improving CDOT processes and projects. 

Below are some of the topics that will be discussed and you can find the full agenda and RSVP on the Connect2DOT website. 

  • Workload Factor and Alternatives (Kyle Dilbert and Maggie Molinas, CDOT Engineering Contracts) 
  • Upcoming Professional Services Consultant Contracts 
  • CDOT's New Mentor-Protégé Program 
  • CDOT's New Online Training Platform 
  • Upcoming Transportation Agency Small Business Collaboration Conference

SAVE THE DATE! Colorado Small Business Collaboration Conference September 21


Get ready for the first annual "How to Do Business with Transportation Agencies: Colorado Small Business Collaboration Conference." This event will be a full day of education and networking with CDOT, RTD, City & County of Denver, and DEN, along with prime contractors and consultants in the transportation industry. The top four metro area agencies with transportation projects are collaborating to bring you a premier event designed for DBE certified firms and other small businesses interested in working on transportation ­related government contracts. 

The conference will feature guest speakers including the Mayor of Denver and Executive Leaders from each of the represented agencies. You'll get a combined perspective on the similarities and differences in contracting with the agencies and learn about topics such as navigating certifications, contract terms and compliance, marketing, qualifications based selection, and bonding. There will also be an exhibitor hall for you to meet with primes and resource partners. 

Save the Date! 

September 21, 2017
7am - 7pm
PPA Event Center
2105 Decatur St, Denver, CO 80211

Registration, display tables, and sponsorship opportunities will be available soon. Stay tuned for messages from Connect2DOT and the agencies.

Big Initiatives at Next CDOT Construction Collaborative Forum on June 26


CDOT hosts Small Business Collaborative Forums every quarter. These are divided into two tracks; Construction and Professional Services. Each forum is led by a Board of Advisors that includes industry professionals who bring a fresh perspective from the field. The next forum is for construction contractors, both large and small, and will be held on June 26, from 3pm ­ 5pm at CDOT Headquarters in Denver. The meeting will also be simulcast as a webinar for those who are unable to attend in person. This is a highly interactive forum and CDOT welcomes your feedback and suggestions on topics relevant to improving CDOT processes and projects.

The agenda is packed full of great guests and topics so don't miss it! You can find the full agenda and RSVP on the Connect2DOT website.

  • Areas of Growth and CDOT Demand (Josh Laipply, CDOT Chief Engineer)
  • Central 70 Update: Goals & Small Business Opportunities, Project Schedule, Outreach, and Insurance Requirements (Central 70 Team members Tony DeVito, Rebecca White, and Eric Lacayo)
  • Upcoming CDOT Project Opportunities (Marci Gray, CDOT Contract Administrator)
  • CDOT's New Mentor­Protégé Program 
  • ESB Restricted Projects Update
  • CDOT's New Online Training Platform
  • CDOT Sponsored BidX Accounts & Online Plan Availability
  • Upcoming Transportation Agency Small Business Collaboration Conference
  • Go/No Go Analysis: How to Determine Which Opportunities Are Right for You and How To Maximize your Bidding/Contracting Potential

CDOT Construction Prequalification Application Goes Paperless


All contractors intending to bid as a prime/general contractor on a CDOT highway construction project must be prequalified by CDOT prior to submitting the bid. Prequalification ensures that the prime contractor has the experience, bonding capacity, and financial ability to perform the project. Subcontractors are not required to be prequalified. 

As of June 1, 2017, construction prequalification applications must be submitted through the CDOT Business Management System (B2GNow). Paper copies are no longer accepted. This is the same system used for DBE and ESB certification, as well as project compliance reporting. To apply, contractors must first register in the system (a requirement for ALL contractors) and then complete the optional prequalification application (only required for firms intending to bid as a prime contractor). Be sure to read the instructions carefully and select the option to complete the prequalification application. 

Depending on the level of bidding capacity you are seeking, you will be required to provide information about your company, a financial statement, a letter of bonding, list of equipment, references and other related documentation. You can login to the system to review what is required to complete the application prior to submitting.

CDOT Offering Free CDL Training through OJT Supportive Services


CDOT is rolling out a statewide On­the­Job (OJT) Supportive Services Program to provide training and employment resources for women, minorities and other disadvantaged individuals traditionally underutilized in the Colorado highway construction industry. One part of this program is FREE Entry Level Commercial Driver Training that will help trainees obtain their Class A or Class B CDL. 

CDOT has partnered with Colorado Contractor's Association (CCA) to provide this training opportunity to members and non­member contractors, as well as unemployed community members. It is an excellent opportunity for small businesses to increase the number of CDL drivers on staff or recruit new employees who will obtain their CDL after completing the training course. The goal is to enable the target population to attain and retain career positions in infrastructure construction. 

Trainees can schedule a 2­hour block of time up to twice per day 7 days a week to practice backing and road skills to prepare them for their licensing test. Also, there is not a traditional classroom portion because this material is available to them online either at home or at the driving facility.

If you would like more information regarding this program, please contact CCA's Manger of Training, Moses Alvarez at or by calling the CCA office phone 303­290­6611 x18.

Greeley to Connect Small Businesses with Opportunities in Region 4


On May 18th, CDOT is hosting an open house in Region 4 (Northeast Colorado) for suppliers who sell goods and services and want to learn more about how and what CDOT buys in the region. CDOT's Center for Procurement and Contract Services will be joined by various region department personnel to share upcoming opportunities and talk with businesses about CDOT's needs, requirements, and buying processes. Co­-sponsors from Connect2DOT, the Colorado Minority Business Office, and other small business support organizations will also be available to discuss your business and sales strategies.

From office supplies to engineering, all businesses providing goods and services to the Front Range are encouraged to attend. There won't be another event like this in Denver this year so head up to Greeley to get connected with local area decision­ makers. Bring your laptop and CDOT will help you get registered in CDOT's bidding portal so you can start selling to CDOT and make sure buyers can find you.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
8:30am ­ 12pm
CDOT Region 4
10601 West 10th Street
Greeley, CO 80634

CDOT Releases Updated List of ESB Restricted Projects


CDOT is continuing to identify and select projects for the ESB Restricted Projects program. Currently, 10 projects across the state are slated to be advertised between May 2017 ­ January 2018 and reserved for bidding only by ESB certified (and CDOT prequalified) firms. Below is a list of these projects by CDOT Region. 

Region 1:
May 2017: ADA curbramp project

Region 2:
July 2017: ADA curbramp project

Region 3:
July 2018: ADA curbramp project

Region 4:
July 2017: Sidewalk project, Plateville
August 2017: Replace existing undersized culverts with CBC, SH 52 at Antelope Creek
August/September 2017: ADA curbramp project (1)
August/September 2017: ADA curbramp project (2)
August 2018: ROW, excavation, small concrete structures, form work, trenching, compaction at Spring Creek

Region 5:
November 2017: ADA curbramp project, US 550 Main, Durango
January 2018: ADA curbramp project, SH 145, Dolores
To check on the status and latest information about CDOT ESB Restricted
Projects, please visit­restricted­projects.

CDOT Contracting Resources for Professional Service Firms


Over the past year, CDOT has implemented new processes and systems for professional services contracts to help improve tracking and reporting. This includes all outsourced highway and bridge design services procured by CDOT's Engineering Contracts Department. If you are new to CDOT consultant contracts or need a little extra help understanding contract requirements and how to use the new systems, CDOT has put together a comprehensive set of resources to help you. Click on the links below to learn how to navigate CDOT's new processes and get answers to your questions.

2017 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo Connects Businesses with Government Buyers


It's almost here! That pinnacle event that small businesses wait for every year for a shot at meeting with government buyers and decision makers at one time in one place. The 2017 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo is happening tomorrow and has a lineup that you shouldn't miss if you want to do business in the government marketplace. This year there will be over 25 government buyers and two panels of experts guiding you through the steps for identifying opportunities, doing business with a government agency, and becoming a successful contractor and vendor. Not only will you be able to meet one-on-­one with exhibitors but you'll also be able to network with other business owners...all for FREE!

Get your ticket today for the expo and a special keynote lunch presentation:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
8:30am ­ 5:30pm
Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207

Innovative Companies Invited to Technology Event Spotlighting RoadX


Colorado SBDC TechSource is hosting a technology event on May 5th in Boulder to help small to mid­sized business improve award success on Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants. Special guest, Peter Kozinski, Director of the CDOT RoadX program, will provide an overview of CDOT's new technology initiatives including smart connected cities, autonomous vehicles, and hyperlooping. If you want to learn about an investment program that can help you commercialize your technology idea or if you currently have a product or service that could be developed for government use, don't miss this event! There will also be subject matter experts and consultants available to talk with your individually.

Friday, May 5, 2017
8am ­ 12pm
Boulder Public Library Main Branch
1001 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80302

Feedback Requested for Colorado's Multimodal Freight Plan and State Freight and Passenger Rail Plan


CDOT, the Economic Development Council of Colorado, and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade invite you to participate in a survey exploring the connections between transportation and our regional economies. CDOT is currently updating Colorado's Multimodal Freight Plan and State Freight and Passenger Rail Plan. The plan provides guidance for investing in future rail needs and present ways to enhance passenger and freight rail development to support economic growth and environmental sustainability. 

As a business owner, you are encouraged to participate in a survey that will help agency representative better understand the role of transportation in economic development. Your insights on how transportation can better support regional economic development and your ideas on Colorado's infrastructure challenges and opportunities will help drive future decisions.

What's Happening on the CDOT Central 70 Project?


Another major milestone was reached today, March 6th as the CDOT Central 70 Project released the final RFP to the four shortlisted teams. The four teams will be finalizing and submitting their bids to CDOT and the Central 70 team will review and select the successful team this summer. The final RFP will be posted on the project website by Wednesday, March 8th.  In the meantime, the workforce development program is rolling out the first round of career development sessions. These sessions cover the types of jobs needed for Central 70 and other local infrastructure projects and explain the best ways to qualify for, find, and keep a career in construction. To learn more, visit the Central 70 website and scroll to Workforce Development.

Special Workshop Series for Engineering & Professional Services Firms


It's back! Due to the overwhelming response to this training series last year, we are again hosting a set of workshops for architectural, engineering, design and other professional service firms in the construction industry. We're bringing in the same experts who will share their knowledge about marketing, estimating, and getting prequalified to work on CDOT consultant projects. Join us for one or all three workshops in the series. All workshops will be held at the Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC). 

Effective Marketing and Business Development
Presented by Mark Schaefer, AECOM
March 29, 2017
9am ­ 11am

Maximizing Indirect Cost Recovery
Presented by Dan Markham, Markham & Associates
April 5, 2017
9am ­ 12pm

CDOT Consultant Prequalification & Master Price Agreements
Presented by Kyle Dilbert, CDOT Engineering Contracts
April 12, 2017
9am ­ 12pm

Thanks to sponsorship from Connect2DOT, this series is FREE for all attendees but register soon because all three workshops sell out fast!

CDOT Seeks ESB Certified Firms for Various ADA Curb Ramp Projects


CDOT has identified eight ADA curb ramp upgrade projects that will be available to bid by ESB certified firms only over the next 18 months. These projects are part of the CDOT ESB Restricted Projects Program that provides opportunities for small businesses to compete on a level playing field with other small businesses on projects valued at less than $1 million. For the 2017 construction season, CDOT has identified two projects in Region 1, two projects in Region 4, two projects in Region 5, one project in Region 3, and one project in Region 2. Information will be posted in the construction notice and all ESB certified construction firms will be notified. To learn more about these projects, come to the next CDOT Collaborative Construction Forum on March 27th. CDOT Project Engineers will discuss the targeted ADA projects and answer preliminary questions.

CDOT Goes Paperless with Online Project Plans


This week, CDOT moved to a more paperless approach to bid plans for contractors. Contractors can still order plans from the CDOT Print Shop but they will now be delivered for free on a CD with instructions on how to take it to a printer should you want paper copies. CDOT will continue to log those customers who have requested bid plans on the plan holders list. Plan revisions will also be delivered overnight to plan holders via FedEx.  This move is part of an overall transition that CDOT is making to a more digital and paperless environment. The CDOT Print Shop is still open at 4201 E. Arkansas Ave. but it will not be moving to the new CDOT Headquarters building when it is complete. Walk up or call in customer hours are now three days a week ­ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. ­ 4:00 p.m. CDOT anticipates officially transitioning and closing the Print Shop by the late fall of 2017.

In addition to the Print Shop changes, CDOT is also in the process of exploring a new digital platform that will combine current procurement, construction, and professional services bidding services. They will be soliciting feedback about how contractors work with CDOT, how bid plans are being used (print versus electronic), and the impact on contractors of shifting to a more digital platform. Look for additional communication regarding this process in the next couple of months. If you have any questions about the transition, please contact Amy Ford or Alvaro Duran at CDOT.

What's Happening on the CDOT Central 70 Project?


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently approved the reconstruction of Interstate 70 through central Denver, concluding a 14­year unprecedented outreach and community engagement process. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018. The FHWA action allows CDOT to advance efforts designed to provide job opportunities and training for local residents. The $1.2 billion Central 70 Project is one of fewer than a dozen projects nationwide piloting local hiring under special FHWA authority. CDOT is proposing that contractors fill 20 percent of all construction jobs with residents from the neighborhoods most impacted by the project. Funding is also being provided for job training and employment support programs. Next steps include the selection of a developer partner to design, finance, build, maintain and operate the facility, followed by final design and construction. More information is available on the Central 70 project website, or by emailing

Get Prepared to Work on the $1.2 billion CDOT Central 70 Project


CDOT is looking for the next generation of construction contractors to help build the largest highway project in the state's history. The best way to get prepared is to understand who, what, where, and how to get your business ready to work when construction starts next year. To help you prepare, Connect2DOT is offering an 8­-week LEADING EDGE for Transportation & Construction program starting on March 21. This business development and planning course is for established construction firms looking to grow and build capacity. The focus will be on smart business practices, strategic planning, and profitable contracting on commercial and public projects such as CDOT Central 70.

Past graduates have collectively obtained more than $2 million in government contracts and secured more than $1 million in financing. Here are some of the great things you'll get out of the program: 

  • Create a Business Development Plan tailored to meet your business needs, goals, and objectives for growth.
  • Focus on increasing your business's capacity to successfully perform on government contracts such as the upcoming CDOT Central 70 project.
  • Gain an introduction to industry mentors and various prime contractors including Central 70 pursuit team members.
  • Graduate with recognition from CDOT, Transportation Commissioners, the Central 70 Project Team and other Prime Contractors. 
  • You will also be eligible to enter the statewide LEADING EDGE business plan competition.
  •  Receive an invitation to an exclusive Meet & Greet event with Central 70 Project Team Members and have priority consideration for the upcoming CDOT Mentor­Protégé Program.

For the first time ever, this program can be FREE for you thanks to a CDOT Scholarship Program! There will be an Information Session on March 7, 2017 if you would like to learn more.

CDOT Accelerates Planning for I­25 Denver South to Colorado Springs Connection


CDOT recently announced plans to accelerate the environmental and planning process for improvements on I-25 from C-470 to Colorado Springs, with attention to the gap area from Monument to Castle Rock. By accelerating the environmental planning for I­-25, CDOT will have a project ready for construction by summer 2019 with a project fully constructed between Castle Rock to Monument in five years if funding is identified for construction. "As congestion continues to build along I­-25, CDOT has decided that this project can't wait," said CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt. "We're going to do our part and get ready for construction in two years. Now we need others to help us come up with the $300 to $400 million we need to build it." There is already $6 million if funds programmed for the current Planning & Environmental Linkages (PEL) study which will allow CDOT to prepare for a construction project, should construction funds become available

CDOT Implements New Decoupling Process to Eliminate "Salary Gap" in Master Price Agreement


The CDOT Contracts and Market Analysis Branch recently released a memo that addresses the closure of the Appendix J process implemented during the fall of 2016, as well as the introduction of a decoupling of approval processes applied to Direct and Indirect Cost Rates. Since the requirement for professional services consultants to have a Master Price Agreement (MPA) was put in place, CDOT  has recognized that some consultants were experiencing a "gap" in full salary reimbursement due to employee raises being given during the term of an active Master Pricing Agreement (MPA). Since, under MPA rules, raises are only permitted at renewal, consultants were unable to recover full salary reimbursement due to this "gap". 

Last year, CDOT developed a short term solution using an Appendix J procedure which applies to eligible work performed during the 2016 calendar year. The Appendix J process will close on January 31, 2017 and no new submittals will be processed after this date. Effective January 1, 2017 a long term solution was put in place which is called "decoupling." Decoupling allows for the Indirect Cost Rate and the Direct Salary review to be separated. This provides consultants with the option to submit annual salary raises more in line with their corporate policy and allow for that raise to be approved prior to their annual MPA renewal date

Get On Board with the 2017 CDOT Collaborative Forums


2016 was the inaugural year for the CDOT Professional Services and Construction Forums. More than 340 people joined the conversation over 8 meetings and learned about CDOT contracting, DBE/ESB programs, specifications, marketing, upcoming projects, and even process changes before they were released. The feedback collected in these meetings helped to shape many of CDOT's decisions related to small business contracting.

This year, CDOT will continue to host separate quarterly forum meetings dedicated to professional services and construction. The two tracks started out as "small business" forums but the conversations have grown to include issues relevant to both primes and subcontractors. They also provide a venue for networking and talking with CDOT management and staff. If you missed out on the discussions, you can still get on board in 2017 and get connected with CDOT. These meetings are a great opportunity to help CDOT find solutions to issues affecting DBE and ESB utilization and success in the planning, design, construction, and operation of the Colorado transportation system. Check out the dates below to save your seat at one of all of the upcoming meetings. Remember, you can also register to attend a simulcast webinar of the session if you can't make it in person. We hope you will join the collaborative forum to learn, share, and become part of the solution!

2017 Professional Services Forums
  • January 12 ­ featuring Josh Laipply, CDOT Chief Engineer and Kyle Dilbert, Engineering Contracts Manager, in a discussion about workload factor, the Appendix J and Decoupling process for MPA's, upcoming opportunities, and new forum Board Member nominations.
  • April 13
  • July 13
  • October 12
2017 Construction Forums
  • March 27
  • June 26
  • September 25
  • December 4

Annual CDOT Winter/Spring Contractor Compliance Workshops Start This Month


CDOT has scheduled several dates and locations for the 2017 annual Civil Rights & Labor Compliance update. You may have heard it called "Contract Management & Compliance" or "Contractor Compliance" but regardless of the name, the goal is the same ­­ to let CDOT prime and subcontractors know about the latest CDOT rules and Federal contracting regulations covered in FHWA Form 1273. There is a new format that will follow the construction project lifecycle, but the content covered will be similar to include: 

  • EEO Contract Requirements
  • DBE Requirements
  • ESB Program
  • CDOT Form 205
  • OJT Requirements
  • Certified Payrolls
  • Davis­Bacon and Related Acts
  • Site of Work
  • Classification of workers
  • Prompt Payment

You can get more information and register by clicking on your preferred date/location below. 

  • POSTPONED: Grand Junction SBDC, Grand Junction (SOLD OUT. Click on the link for information and to join the waiting list)
  • January 30: CDOT Headquarters, Denver
  • February 28: CDOT Region 5, Durango
  • March 6: CDOT Region 3, Greeley
  • March 9: Southern CO SBDC, Pueblo 

New DBE Specification, LCPtracker and B2GNow Training Coming Soon!


There's been a lot of anticipation about the rollout of CDOT's new DBE Specification and Civil Rights & Labor Compliance systems. Now is the time to make sure you and your staff are properly trained and understand the requirements on CDOT construction contracts starting in 2017. CDOT Civil Rights staff is offering a variety of training opportunities this month for CDOT Engineers and project staff, as well as prime and subcontractors. It is critical that everyone from the inside out knows about these changes to ensure a seamless transition and ongoing project success. The contractor workshops include lunch and will cover:

  • LCPtracker for submitting certified payrolls (first half of class)
  • B2GNow for DBE commitments and prompt payment (second half of class)
  • New DBE Specification which includes changes to how
  • contractors enter DBE participation plans in B2G (replacing email submission of 1415 and 1416), new prompt pay requirements (removal of 1418 and new online monthly audits for primes and subs), and other changes to specification including the new CUF form required from each DBE (second half of class)

Seats are filling up fast so be sure to register today! A webinar broadcast has been added on January 25 if you are unable to attend in person. Click on the links below for more information and to register.

  • January 23: Southern CO SBDC, Pueblo
  • January 24: Weld County Training Center, Greeley
  • January 25: CDOT Headquarters, Denver (simulcast webinar available for contractors unable to attend any of the sessions in person)

What's Happening with the North I-­25 Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins Project?


On October 11, more than 150 people turned up in Greeley for a Meet and Greet with CDOT Project staff and prime contractor pursuit teams. It was a great opportunity to network and discuss potential teaming opportunities. A list of attendees and prime contractor contacts are now available on the project website, along with the CDOT presentation and additional project information. Below are key dates outlined for the project.

  • Statements of Qualifications Due: December 19, 2016
  • Shortlisted Design­Build Teams Announced: January 27, 2017
  • Draft RFP Issued: January 27, 2017
  • Final RFP Issued: March 17, 2017
  • Proposals Due: June 30, 2017
  • Notice of Award: August 3, 2017
  • Notice to Proceed 1: October 2017

CDOT to Replace "Appendix J" with New Provisions at Beginning of Year


In September, CDOT implemented an "Appendix J" process to help Professional Services consultants manage pay raise gaps that occurred during the annual MPA period. This was a temporary solution that applied to consultant contracts in 2016. In January 2017, CDOT will be sending out new provisions for "decoupling" salary and indirect rates in the MPA. The new provisions will allow professional services firms to submit salary adjustments on a different schedule than their MPA update. This will replace Appendix J and ensure that firms are compensated by CDOT for salary adjustments. Look for more information coming soon on the CDOT Consultant Management website.

CDOT Region 3 Selects Projects for TAP Program Funding


CDOT recently announced the selection of Transportation Alternatives  Program (TAP) projects in Region 3. The awarded projects include: 

  • Minturn Main Street Pedestrian/Bicycle Planning (Inter-mountain Transportation Planning Region) 
  • Steamboat Springs Phase II US 40 Sidewalk Connection (Northwest TPR)
  • Gunnison US 50 Crossings (Gunnison Valley TPR)
  • Fruita West Phase Kokopelli Section Riverfront Trail (Metropolitan Planning Organization)
  • West Gunnison US 50 Design Project (Gunnison Valley TPR)

CDOT will be awarding approximately $22 million to TAP projects statewide. Over the next three fiscal years (Fiscal Year 2018­-2020) Region 3 will receive approximately $3,869,000 total in Federal TAP funding. Federal funds are allocated under TAP to transportation improvement projects that expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve quality of life and protect the environment. Many TAP projects enhance non­-motorized forms of transportation like biking and walking.

CDOT Projects Receive Top Awards in Mountain States Competition


CDOT received five awards from the 2016 Engineering News­Records  Mountain States Best Project competition for various transportation projects. Mountain States Best Project awards are judged based on design and construction quality, contribution to the community and the industry, and how a project overcame unusual challenges through teamwork and collaboration. Congratulations to all of the contractors who helped make the following projects the best in the nation!

  • Best Highway/Bridge Project: CDOT Twin Tunnels Expansion Program
  • Award of Merit Highway/Bridge: CDOT US 6 Bridges Design-­Build
  • Award of Merit Highway/Bridge: US 36 Express Lanes
  • Best Project and Excellence in Safety Award of Merit: Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels Fixed Fire­Suppression System
  • Best Project: SH 133 Paonia Reservoir Rockfall Mitigation

CDOT to Pilot Road Usage Charge Program


Earlier this year, CDOT selected CH2M Hill as the prime consultant to  lead Colorado's Road Usage Charge (RUC) Pilot Research Study. RUC is an approach where drivers pay for how many miles are traveled instead of the amount of fuel consumed. This month, CDOT opened enrollment for the 4­month study that will launch in December. Approximately 100 people will be recruited for the pilot. This is just one of the long­term, sustainable transportation­funding alternatives CDOT is evaluating. 

By the year 2040, Colorado's population is expected to nearly double to 7.8 million residents, which will result in higher demands for mobility and on the state's transportation infrastructure. However, fuel tax revenues have declined significantly as a result of less driving and increasing fuel efficiency which puts a strain on funding for highway projects. Therefore, CDOT is evaluating other viable road financing mechanisms to continue to fund infrastructure maintenance and improvements. An RUC funding model treats roads like utilities in that drivers are assessed charges for what they use rather than paying a gas tax. This model has been tested in other states such as Oregon and California. CDOT will use the pilot study as the first step in an extensive process of evaluating this concept alongside other funding alternatives.

2016 Transportation Summit Highlights Customer Experience through New Technologies


On November 1, 2016, more than 600 people attended the annual Transportation Summit focused on the customer experience in transportation. It could have been a script writing party for the next "Back to the Future" film series. But as attendees heard, the future is not so far off. It includes autonomous vehicles, vehicle­-to-­vehicle-­to-­infrastructure communication, smart automated connected communities, and even a levitated pod that can move people and goods at airline speeds through a tube. 

CDOT CEO Shailen Bhatt discussed several new technologies that are transforming the way CDOT is looking to accommodate the estimated 7.8 million people who will be living in Colorado by 2040. He made comparisons to the state of Utah and how Colorado is being outpaced by our neighbor in nearly every transportation category, including budget per square mile. In an effort to be in parity with other states and to create a better customer experience, make our roads safer, and accommodate growth, CDOT is developing innovations and proposing alternative funding options. Here are some of the technologies highlighted at the event. More information and presentations can be found on the Transportation Summit website.

  • Self­-driving trucks fitted by Otto, an Uber company who recently conducted the world's first self-driving beer delivery from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs.
  • V2X connected transportation corridors including a RoadX partnership between CDOT and Panasonic to enhance the I­-70 mountain corridor.
  • A HyperLoop that will zip cargo freight containers through the Port of Los Angeles and potentially people in the near future.
  • Real­-time and predictive traffic maps to provide safety alerts and help self­-driving vehicles communicate with infrastructure and other vehicles.
  • Autonomous urban mass transit systems that enable ondemand transportation for collective ridesharing and "last mile" commutes.

What's Happening with the CDOT Central 70 Project?


 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.

CDOT Releases New 2016 Design­Build Manual


CDOT has been using the Design­-Build project delivery method since the late 1990s. In 1997, CDOT developed the first Design-­Build guidelines, and in 2006 they issued its first Design-­Build procedural manual. Since that time, CDOT and the Design-­Build industry have continued to learn valuable lessons and have further developed more effective and efficient Design­Build processes. 

On September 1, CDOT released a major update to the CDOT Design-Build Manual that includes CDOT's most recent Design-­Build practices and procedures. Design­-Build is an alternative contracting method where design and construction services are included in a single contract. Using the Design­-Build approach, CDOT provides conceptual and preliminary designs and required performance results. The Design­-Build delivery method then requires construction firms to team with consultant design firms to work together to design and construct the improvements. The new Manual provides procedures, guidelines, information, resources and insight to successfully develop and implement a Design­-Build contracting strategy that is unique, yet in compliance with Federal regulations, State Legislation and Department Policy.

Construction of New CDOT Region 2 Headquarters in Pueblo Nearing Start


On September 15, the Colorado Transportation Commission approved the $28 million spending budget for CDOT's new regional headquarters in north Pueblo. Construction is set to start in November or December and is expected to take about 18 months to complete. CDOT plans to move into the 140- employee complex by mid- 2018. The new CDOT campus will sit on a 12-acre lot at the intersection of Wills Boulevard and the new segment of Outlook Boulevard. Pueblo Crossing developer W.L. Enterprises donated the land for the CDOT project. 

The Neenan Company was selected as the design-­build partner in a competitive bidding process at the end of last year. The firm also recently designed and built CDOT' s new Region 4 headquarters in Greeley. The new Region 2 building will span nearly 100,000 square feet to include office, maintenance, and traffic facilities. It will also serve as the regional headquarters for the Colorado State Patrol. In addition to building construction, the project will include city of Pueblo­ funded road improvements, including the construction of Outlook Boulevard between Dillon Drive and Wills Boulevard.

CDOT Plans Updates to Construction Specification and Processes


CDOT is planning to make changes to the construction specification and compliance process that will change the way contractors comply with various project requirements.

At the September 26th Construction Collaborative Forum, CDOT will be discussing these upcoming specification changes and provide an overview of the new online compliance systems. Specifically, staff will be discussing oversight of commercially useful function, terminations and substitutions, the submissions of commitments, and payment tracking.
Process changes will involve new online compliance systems, B2G and LCPtracker.

The information is relevant to both prime and subcontractors so please plan to attend for an early preview of what's to come. The meeting will be simulcast online, however, you are encouraged to attend in person to ensure you can fully participate in the discussion and hear all comments. Please register for one of the following formats:

  • RSVP to attend the meeting at CDOT HQ
  • Register to join the meeting online via webcast (listen only)

CDOT Releases Updated Schedule for Central 70 Project


As the Central 70 project enters the final stages, several important milestones remain. The next critical step is for the Federal Highway Administration to issue a Record of Decision (ROD), which concludes the 13 year environmental study process. The ROD is now scheduled to be signed in winter 2017. This new schedule allows CDOT additional time to address comments received on the Final Environmental Impact Statement. The timing for selecting a contractor and beginning construction will be moved out as well to follow the revised ROD timing. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

Get Compliant and Score Higher on CDOT Professional Services Contracts


At the end of July, CDOT launched new requirements for Professional Services (design, engineering, architecture, etc.) consultant contracts related to small business participation, tracking, and payment. Since that time, consultants have been required to comply with the new requirements when submitting a Statement of Interest (SOI) and performing on CDOT contracts.

Navigating any new process can be challenging, so CDOT is hosting a "How To" webinar on September 15th to demystify the process and help you understand how to be compliant and maximize small business participation points in proposal evaluation. The session will use real examples and show you how to: 
  • Calculate evaluation points for your DBE/ESB team members
  • Maximize small business incentive points in your SOI
  • Use CDOT's B2G system to track small business participation and
  • payments
  • Submit your plan for small business partcipation
This webinar is critical for any professional services firm interested in or already working on CDOT projects. Don't get penalized for not knowing the rules. Register today!

Get Ready for the Next Big CDOT Project: I-25 Expansion Meet & Greet


It's here! The I-25 Expansion Project is on a fast track to development. In anticipation of the release of the solicitation, CDOT is hosting a Prime Contractor and DBE Meet and Greet on October 11, 2016. The Meet and Greet will provide prime contractors, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Emerging Small Business (ESB), and other small business subcontractors the opportunity to learn more about the proposed project and to network with interested firms. There will be DBE and On-the-Job-Training (OJT) goals set for the project. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on identifying subs and start forming teams.

The scope of the project will include expanding and improving the I-25 corridor between SH 14 (Mulberry Street) in Fort Collins and SH 402 (south Loveland). Plans include adding a tolled/HOV express lane in each direction for 14 miles, making necessary bridge repairs, and constructing other transit, pedestrian and cycle improvements. 

For Prime Contractors: The Meet and Greet session is MANDATORY for prime contractors intending to bid on the project. Interested firms must click here to RSVP by October 10, 2016 and indicate their interest in hosting a table at the networking session.

For Small Businesses: The session is VOLUNTARY for DBE, ESB and other small businesses interested in potential subcontracting opportunities. Please click here to RSVP so we can plan for your attendance.

Training Opportunity for CDOT MPA Salary Increase Reimbursements


Effective September 1, 2016, the CDOT Engineering Contracts Program is implementing the use of an “Appendix J Process” which will reimburse consultants for gaps in salary rates resulting from pay raises (and ultimately costs incurred) that went into effect prior to the renewal of their respective Master Pricing Agreement. This is an interim process to address qualified situations dating back as far as January 1, 2016. Future and more streamlined processes are under evaluation but there was an urgent need to address the current calendar year before Task Orders begin to expire.

To assist with his process, CDOT is hosting a training session for all Professional Services consultants that currently have or are interested in obtaining a Master Price Agreement with CDOT. The purpose of this training is to provide guidance on how to request reimbursement for Architectural and Engineering (A/E) salary increase expenses for the period from when salary increases are first incurred and when the Master Pricing Agreement (MPA) is renewed (signed). 

The classes will be held at the Denver Metro SBDC, 1445 Market St., Denver. Please click on a date below to register. All sessions will contain the same information so you only need to register for one.

CDOT Breaks Ground on C-­470 Express Lanes Project


CDOT, along with officials from various levels of government, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the C­-470 Express Lanes project aimed at "increasing mobility and user choice" for Denver metro motorists. The $276 million project will add express lanes on a 12.5­mile section of Colorado 470 between Interstate 25 and Wadsworth Boulevard. It also will include full reconstruction of existing pavement, auxiliary lanes at certain locations, ramp improvements, realignment of substandard curves, bridge widening, bridge placement over the South Platte River and the installation of intelligent transportation system components and tolling equipment. 

Flatiron/AECOM is leading the design­ build project and expects to complete construction by the spring of 2019. Small business should contact the prime team to learn about potential subcontracting opportunities through the project. Click here to learn more.

CDOT Completes Successful Pilot of Online System for Certified Payrolls


CDOT recently completed a successful pilot of LCPtracker, the program selected by CDOT to manage and track certified payrolls. Although there were challenges along the way, CDOT and the pilot group of prime contractors, subcontractors, and other project personnel were able to learn about and work within the system. Users were able to enter certified payroll information and the system performed a variety of validation checks to ensure the data was entered correctly. 

It has taken a while for CDOT to execute an electronic payroll system, but it is something that has been much desired, as payrolls can be quite complicated. The pilot focused on testing the integration of and compliance with state and federal laws, entering use cases for both prime contractors and subcontractors, and ensuring current procedures are accommodated in the new structure. Through hard work and dedication by all of those involved, CDOT is now ready to move to the next phase of implementation. 

CDOT will reevaluate and make minor modifications based upon the pilot. The goal is to implement the new system on all projects after the end of the year. Currently, contractors on projects that are involved with LCPtracker will continue to turn in payrolls electronically, just as they have for the past few weeks. At a later date, LCPtracker will move the data from the pilot environment to a more permanent database. This will be a seamless transition for both CDOT and contractors. A new specification and construction bulletin will be released later this fall that will outline the use of  LCPtracker and associated processes. More information and training will be coming this fall.

CDOT Implements New Small Business Requirements for Professional Services Contracts


CDOT now requires an Affidavit of Small Business Participation to be submitted with the Statement of Interest when proposing on CDOT Professional Services contracts. DBE/ESB certification certificates, letters of acceptance, and CDOT forms 1330 and 1331 are no longer required to be submitted.

The Affidavit of Small Business Participation affirms the proposer's commitment to making good faith efforts to meet the contract goal set on the contract. It will also provide the opportunity for proposers to make small business promises, called "small business targets", to earn incentive points on their proposal. Small business incentive points will be awarded in evaluation of the Affidavit of Small Business Participation and will be enforced like a contract goal. Prime consultants must make good faith efforts to meet the contract goal and small business targets, if any, on each task order and on the overall contract.

CDOT selects the most qualified firm or team by using a scoring point system that generally allocates up to 100 points across various evaluation criteria. Small business incentive points account for 10 points (or 10%) of the total. CDOT also has new prompt payment and compliance requirements for professional services contracts.

Prime consultants are required to pay subs within 7 days of payment by CDOT or within 90 days after the submission of a complete invoice by a sub, whichever is less. Prime consultants are required to submit participation and prompt pay information in a new software called B2G. B2G will allow prime consultants, CDOT Civil Rights staff, and CDOT Engineers to better track participation on projects. A video summary of these new requirements can be viewed by clicking here. Additional resources can be found at the links below:

CDOT Revamps Partnering Program with "Project First" Initiative


CDOT is collaborating with the Colorado Contractors Association  (CCA) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) on a new era of partnering which is themed "Project First". At the agency level, as well as the project level, CDOT is working to improve how partnering can better serve transportation projects statewide. CDOT and CCA have developed a Charter which includes a commitment "to advancing a culture of collaboration that focuses on "project first" solutions wherever possible. This will be achieved through a partnering strategy designed to foster mutual professional trust." 

Project First also includes a joint training effort in which both CDOT and contractors will jointly attend workshops that promote successful project implementation. An Identification and Tracking Log was also developed that enables project staff to proactively identify issues and meaningfully address and track them quickly. Several pilot projects have been selected to participate in the program and a list of partnering facilitators is available on CDOT's Project First website.

CDOT Selects Location for Future Corporate Headquarters and Region 1


CDOT recently announced the future intended location for the new CDOT Headquarters and Region 1 offices in Denver. A site was selected south of Colfax Ave. near the Mile High Stadium. CDOT plans to construct new office buildings on the property. The location is across from an existing RTD transit station and close to the South Platte bike trail.

A purchase and sale agreement is currently in the works with the Metro Stadium District and the Denver Broncos. The Transportation Commission plans to review the final Guaranteed Maximum Price for the new buildings on August 18, 2106 and make a determination about moving forward with the plan. If approved, CDOT anticipates moving into the new Headquarters/Region 1 building in early 2018. 

The search for a new location started several years ago using criteria outlined in a summary report that included; being within a 5 mile radius of the State Capitol, located within walking distance to light rail, new/improved facility for 21st century, enhanced service delivery to the public, increased efficiency/higher quality work experience for CDOT employees, high visibility to the public, easy access to major highways, and adequate surface parking. The selected location is a good match and will also serve as a catalyst for redevelopment of the Sun Valley neighborhood which is being targeted by outside planners for a green transformation into a model, sustainable "eco district."

CDOT Temporarily Suspends Work Load Factor in Professional Service Proposal Evaluation


CDOT's Chief Engineer, Josh Laipply, recently announced that the Work Load Factor (WLF), which is another criteria used in the evaluation of professional services proposals, has been removed from the evaluation process pending further evaluation. 

In a memo released on August 3, 2016, Mr. Laipply wrote; "WLF as applied to the scoring and selection process for professional services contracts, has been a topic of recent discussions among CDOT management and with consultant industry leaders. While being mindful that the WLF provides compliance with the distribution requirements of the MiniBrooks Act, I recognize the consultant landscape may warrant consideration of other means to accomplish desired levels of contracting distribution." 

A team of representatives from the CDOT Division of Project Support, Engineering Contracts, Project Engineers, and industry partner ACEC have been tasked with evaluating the applicability and potential process changes around WLF. In the interim, the application of WLF to CDOT's contracting process is suspended. All other elements of the solicitation and selection process are unaffected. Be sure to check CDOT's Consultant Management website for updates related to this change.

North I-­25 Expansion Project One Step Closer with Boost from Federal Grant


An estimated $235 million expansion of North I­-25 is now on the horizon after the US DOT awarded a $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to help expand and improve the I­-25 corridor between Fort Collins and Loveland. The grant will help add a tolled/HOV express lane in each direction for 14 miles and make necessary bridge repairs in the corridor. Plans also include transit, pedestrian and cycle improvements that will connect Northern Colorado to the Denver metro area. 

The grant funding, added to previously earmarked funds, as well as another $25 million pooled by local communities, means that CDOT may be able to break ground as early as next fall. This is great news not only for local communities and commuters traveling that stretch of congested highway, but also for contractors that will have the opportunity to help build the project. CDOT and state officials weren't expecting to be able to move forward on the project for another 14 years and it would most likely have been in smaller segments. 

With this award, CDOT is pushing ahead and has already started working on preliminary designs with plans to have construction completed within a five year period. Stay tuned for more information about the timeline and competitive bidding process for this project!

CDOT Opens Public Dialog Through Together We Go Initiative


CDOT has kicked off Together We Go, a series of conversations with the public. Together We Go is an on-going conversation about transportation with the citizens of Colorado. It allows everyone to take a look at what CDOT has accomplished so far to make sure we're all moving together in the right direction.

This outreach effort will consist of a combination of:
  • Telephone town halls starting this evening.
  • Face-to-face meetings over the summer.
  • Ongoing online and social media interaction.
The Together We Go effort also gives CDOT the opportunity to report on progress, determine if adjustments are needed, discuss new CDOT initiatives and innovations, and the current funding situation. Statewide Telephone Town Halls will be the first component for the Together We Go effort. You can find a schedule of dates/time and more information on the Colorado Transportation Matters website.

CDOT Soliciting CM, Inspection, and Testing Services for Multiple Contracts


CDOT has posted two new solicitations for Non Project Specific Construction Management, Inspection and Materials Testing contracts. These innovative consultant packages offer multiple opportunities for small professional service firms to participate as a prime consultant or on a team. Approximately 23 contracts will be awarded and many are accessible for small businesses. CDOT is encouraging DBE/ESB certified firms that are pre-qualified with Master Price Agreement to propose. Prime consultants must be able to self-perform at least 30% of the contract scope of work. 

The two solicitations are outlined below. Proposals are due on June 23, 2016. Firms can submit a proposal on both geographic areas as they are considered separate solicitations.

Front Range Solicitation:
  • Nine $5 million three year NPS contracts with 15% DBE goal.
  • Six $1 million three year NPS contract with no DBE goal. 
Western Slope Solicitation: 
  • Five $5 million three year NPS contracts with 15% DBE goal.
  • Three $1 million three year NPS contract with no DBE goal. 
Pre-Proposal Conference:
A pre-proposal conference will be held on June 9, 2016 for interested firms. The conference in not mandatory, but will be provided as an opportunity to ask questions related to the structure of the solicitation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with other firms to discuss teaming. Registration is not required but seating is limited so come early!

Date: 6/9/2016
Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM
Location: CDOT HQ 4201 E. Arkansas Denver CO, 80222 Room 225

Please click on the solicitation titles above for more information about the scopes of work and to obtain relevant contact information.

CDOT working with DBE/ESB firms regarding recent data breach


Recently, CDOT learned that an employee who had access to the CDOT Disadvantaged and Emerging Small Business database (which contains information consistent with federal requirements for this program) used some of that personal information for improper purposes. The employee is no longer with CDOT, and the case has been referred to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

While CDOT is currently only aware of a handful of firms impacted by this breach, they have reached out to every business in the DBE/ESB database to inform them and they are offering all of the businesses one year of free credit monitoring. CDOT is cooperating with CBI during its investigation, and they are conducting an internal investigation of procedures and policies to determine how to prevent this in the future.

Questions related to this issue should be directed to the CDOT Civil Rights and Business Resource Center (CRBRC) at (303) 757-9234.

CDOT Upgrading to New Bidding Software on March 31, 2016


CDOT will be upgrading its AASHTOWare Project Expedite system to a new application called AASHTOWare Project Bids. The first letting date for CDOT projects using AASHTOWare Project Bids will be March 31, 2016.

What is Project Expedite?
Many contractors who work with CDOT already use Expedite to produce a bid with an electronic bid file. When your bid is prepared using Expedite, you can use the Bid Express Secure Internet Bidding service to submit it over the Internet. CDOT moved to 100% online bidding in 2014. After March 31, 2016 contractors will need to utilize AASHTOWare Project Bids instead of Expedite to produce a bid with an electronic bid file.

What is different in Project Bids?
This system contains an updated interface, improved handling of attachments, and improved security. With this upgrade, you will experience:

  • Improved error visibility when completing bids.
  • One auto-updating bidding application for all agencies.
  • Improved upload attachment functionality.
  • Improved logging of bidder activity throughout the bidding process.
  • Improved security with the use of X.509 certificates.
Who does this affect?
All prime contractors from any state who are bidding on CDOT construction projects will need to upgrade to the new software. If you are a subcontractor or CDOT sponsored Bid Express account holder, you do not need to upgrade and should continue to submit sub-quotes to primes using your normal process.

What is required to upgrade?
Prime bidders will need to download the new Project Bids software, obtain a new Digital ID, and submit a request to bid with CDOT. If you currently have an active Digital ID with CDOT in Bid Express, you will be reimbursed by the vendor, InfoTech, for the cost of creating the new Digital ID.

Where are further instructions?
An email with instructions was sent to all current CDOT bidders on February 29, 2016. If you did not receive this email, click here for detailed instructions or contact CDOT's Engineering Application team at

New Professional Services Training Series Launching in Boulder


The Boulder SBDC is hosting a special series of workshops for professional services firms in the construction industry. In cooperation with Connect2DOT, this series is free to attend for qualified businesses. Industry experts including prime consultants, CPAs and CDOT Engineering Contracts staff, will share their knowledge about marketing, estimating, and getting prequalified. All workshops will be held at the Boulder Public Library from 9am - noon. Click on the titles below for descriptions and registration information. 

Sign up for one or click here to take advantage of all three workshops in the series to increase your overall knowledge. Head up from Denver and you can also check out the new Express Lanes on US 36!

What's Happening with Central 70?


On February 23, CDOT released a second draft of the Request for Proposals to the short-listed teams vying for the developer role on the Central 70 (formerly I-70 East) project. Technical proposals are due December 15, 2016 and financial proposals are due February 28, 2017.

This draft outlines CDOT's expectations for small and disadvantaged business participation including DBE and ESB goals for design and construction. It also includes information about workforce development including an OJT goal for construction and the intent to have a local hiring element.

These topics will be the focus of the next CDOT Central 70 Subcontractor Webinar Series presented by the project team on March 22, 2016. Click here to register for the webinar and catch the conversation.

CDOT Revises Protocols for Consultant Services on Design and Construction


On February 18, the CDOT Division of Project Support issued a memo titled "Consultant Utilization for Design and Construction." This memo supersedes Policy Memo 23 and establishes the protocol for the use of consultant services for design and construction.

The directive discourages the use of the same engineering consultant for both final design and construction management. The memo states, "Construction Management or Engineering services on a project will be secured from consultants who have performed less than 20% of design services for the project. This applies to all CDOT projects, work by an entity using state or federal funds (e.g., Local Agency Projects), or work by an entity which directly affects a state highway."

The CDOT Chief Engineer has the authority to waive this policy for particular projects but a justification for waiver must be submitted for special consideration.

LEADING EDGE for Transportation Program Graduates Top Contractors


The Pikes Peak SBDC along with multiple instructors and industry guest speakers led 7 students through an intensive 10-­week business planning course that resulted in huge gains for the following contractors:

  • Raul Acosta, AA Forestry (DBE)
  • Carla Barela, Cortez Construction (DBE)
  • Daniel Cordova, Cortez Construction (DBE)
  • Andy Jesik, Jesik Consulting (ESB in process)
  • Robert Leverington, Leverington & Associates (ESB)
  • Marsi Loving, Daro­Tech (DBE)
  • Solomon Tuffa, Add Trucking (DBE in process)

The graduates gained valuable insights from financial partners, industry experts, prime contractors, and others during classroom, online, and panel presentations. We would like to thank CDOT staff, our panelists, and everyone who offered their time to support these superstar subcontractors. These firms are business savvy, building capacity, structured for growth, and poised to be the top subcontractors in southern Colorado!

Changes Coming to DBE/ESB Program Requirements on Professional Services Contracts


CDOT is making great strides toward improving DBE and ESB opportunities on professional services contracts. At the first Professional Services Collaborative Forum held on January 14, CDOT gave an overview of proposed changes to DBE/ESB program requirements on professional services contracts. This included how DBE/ESB participation is scored on Statement of Interest proposals in the consultant selection process.

CDOT stated that the changes are intended to ensure compliance with the DBE regulation, increase competition, lower barriers to participation, keep the process simple, and standardize the process. More than 60 participants provided valuable feedback on the proposed changes.

Key changes include:
  • DBE goal will be pass/fail and therefore no points will be awarded for meeting the DBE goal. Every consultant must make good faith efforts to meet the contract goal.
  • Revised point structure focused on ESB firm participation with up to 10 points allocated to ESB utilization on design contracts.
  • Improved monitoring and enforcement of DBE commitments and ESB promises. Commitments will be binding and payments and/or task orders will be withheld for noncompliance.

Draft documents with details of the proposed changes can be found on the Connect2DOT website. Professional Services consultants and stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments using the online form or by emailing Click here to RSVP for the next Professional Services Collaborative Forum to be held on April 14 at CDOT Headquarters.

CDOT Celebrates Completion of State's Second Diverging Diamond Interchange


CDOT, High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE), Plenary Roads Denver, Town of Superior, City of Louisville, and other project partners joined the US 36 Express Lanes Project team to officially open the state's second Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at the McCaslin Boulevard bridge over US 36. A ribbon­-cutting ceremony was held January 7, to signify the official opening of the DDI bridge. 

The US 36 Express Lanes Project was built with the well ­defined strategy of moving traffic more efficiently. One innovation to help meet this goal was the addition of the DDI on the McCaslin Boulevard bridge in Louisville/Superior. The DDI is one of 34 DDIs in the country but only the second in the state of Colorado. The state's first DDI in Grand Junction opened in early 2014.

The bridge, which began construction last year, will still have some construction over the next few months to finish sidewalks, landscaping and striping, but drivers can experience the benefits now. There have been numerous small businesses and DBE/ESB certified firms that contributed to this milestone. Congratulations to the entire team!

Registration Open for 2016 CDOT Contractor Compliance Workshops


CDOT is gearing up for another annual road trip to share important updates and changes to the regulations that apply to all CDOT federal­aid construction projects. They will be hosting full day workshops in the following locations:

It is essential for all active prime contractors, DBE/ESB firms, and other subcontractors to attend. The workshop covers updates to federal contracting regulations. Whether you're a seasoned prime or small business still looking for an opportunity on a CDOT project, these workshops will ensure you are in compliance. Bring your tough questions and CDOT staff will give you the answers!

CDOT Advertises First "Program Specific" Consultant Contract for Construction Management


On December 17, CDOT issued a Notice to Consultants for Construction Management, Construction Inspection, and Materials Testing Services in the Front Range and Western Slope. This advertisement is the first in an initiative to contract with professional services consultants for statewide programs. This notice is part of CDOT's Construction Management 2016 Program. There will be three subsequent advertisements with proposals due on January 14, 2016.

Consultants are able to propose on one or multiple locations. For this notice, CDOT will be selecting a minimum of three consultants to perform the scope outlined in the Statement of Work. DBE goals will apply. All parties submitting a proposal, in addition to all subconsultants on the proposed team, must be prequalified and have a Master Price Agreement (MPA) with CDOT prior to award of contract. If you need assistance with the prequalification or MPA process, please contact a Connect2DOT.

CDOT Seeks Contractors for North I-­25 Express Lanes Segment 3


CDOT will be releasing an invitation to bid on January 7, 2016 for Segment 3 of the North I-­25 Express Lanes project. Project IM 0253­234 / 19626 will extend the I-­25 North Express Lanes currently under construction farther north from 120th Ave. to SH 7. There will be a 12.5% DBE goal and an additional goal for On­the­Job Training (OJT).

A mandatory pre­bid meeting for prime contractors is planned for January 15, 2016 followed by a small business networking event which is open to all DBE, ESB and other prospective subcontractors. This networking session will allow prime and sub contractors to discuss potential opportunities on this projects and others.

Click here to register. Interested prime contractors are required to register by January 13, 2016 to reserve a table. We request that all others also register so we can plan for your attendance.

CDOT Launching Small Business Collaborative Forums in 2016


Early next year, CDOT will kick­off a new series of Small Business Collaborative Forums which will be provide the opportunity for small businesses, CDOT staff, and other industry leaders to meet regularly to learn about what is happening in CDOT DBE and ESB programs, receive project briefings, and work on finding solutions to issues facing small businesses.

CDOT will host separate Small Business Collaborative Forum meetings dedicated to construction and professional services so discussions can be tailored to the unique needs of these two different types of contractors. The first meeting of the Professional Services Collaborative Forum will be on January 14, 2016 at CDOT HQ from 9am ­ 11am. The focus will be on proposed changes to the CDOT consultant contracting process including how the DBE and ESB programs are applied to consultant contracts, how small business participation is scored on proposals, new program enforcement and tracking processes, and more. If you are a consultant working on CDOT projects, you won't want to miss this opportunity to be the first to learn about and weigh in on CDOT's plans for enhancing consultant contracts!

The Construction Collaborative Forum is planned for March 2016. Please plan to join these forums so you can learn, share, and become part of the solution!

C-­470 Express Lanes Project Moving Forward as Planned


Last month, the C­470 Corridor Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Kipling Parkway to I­25, was signed by the Federal Highway Administration and CDOT. The completion of this environmental document means that the Request for Proposals (RFP) process is moving forward as planned with the following three short­listed teams:

  • Ames / HDR
  • Kraemer / IHC JV
  • Flatiron / AECOM

This project will include DBE goals, as well as ESB and OJT incentives. Certified DBE as ESB firms are encouraged to contact the prime teams to explore subcontracting opportunities and help them meet their goals and achieve incentives. Contact information for these teams, as well as additional information related to the RFP can be found on the project website.

USDOT Releases Final Rule with DBE Program Changes


The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a final rule amending its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program as defined in 49 CFR Part 26. Colorado certified DBE firms and prospective DBE firms should be aware of how these changes may affect their business. Three major areas have been impacted by the final rule. 

  • Revises the uniform certification application and reporting forms, creates a uniform personal net w orth form for use by applicant ow ners, and collects data required by the Department's surface transportation reauthorization, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). 
  • Strengthens the certification-related program provisions, which includes adding a new section authorizing summary suspensions under specified circumstances. 
  • Modifies several other program provisions concerning such subjects as: overall goal setting, good faith efforts, transit vehicle manufacturers, and counting for trucking companies.

RTD, CDOT, and City and County of Denver provided an overview of these changes at the Small and Disadvantaged Business  Enterprise Advisory Committee (S/DBEAC) meeting on November 18, 2015. If you would like to learn more, please email

I-70 East Project DBE Goal Setting Methodology Open for Comment until November 24


As many of you have heard, CDOT is currently developing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to deliver a series of improvements to the I-70 East corridor between Brighton Boulevard and Chambers Road using a Design-Build-Finance-Operate- Maintain (DBFOM) procurement model. CDOT is establishing two Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) project goals for the design-build portion of the I-70 East Project. A third, separate DBE goal will be established for the Operate, Maintain and Repair contract. This goal will be reevaluated on three year intervals. 

CDOT has proposed a design/professional services DBE goal of 11.6% and a construction goal of 12.5%. CDOT encourages you to read the methodology document that outlines how these goals w ere determined. Public comments are being accepted through November 24, 2015. Please send your comments with specific data points via email to For more information about the project, please visit

CDOT RoadX to Transform Colorado's Transportation System


CDOT recently announced the start of a new program called RoadX which is a bold vision and fast-paced enterprise venture backed with a $20 million commitment its first year. The goal is to deliver innovative solutions for crash-free, injury- free, delay-free and technologically transformed travel in Colorado. CDOT is committed to being a national leader in the use of innovative technology to improve safety, mobility and efficiency of the state's transportation system over the next 10 years. RoadX will team with public and industry partners to make Colorado one of the most technologically advanced transportation systems in the nation. 

"RoadX isn't just an investment that we believe is smart with our taxpayer dollars," said Shailen Bhatt, executive director of CDOT. "It is an investment in our time as commuters, our bottom lines as businesses, and our lives as travelers on our roadways. It is time for our state to take the leading role in major achievement in travel and in Colorado's economic future." RoadX will create an environment where industry has a direct connection with a state that is committed to deploying comprehensive technological solutions to transform an aging transportation system. Click here for more information about the CDOT RoadX Program.

CDOT Unveils New Name and Highlights Prime Teams for I-70 East Project


Nearly 300 people attended the CDOT I-70 East Project Small Business Networking Event on October 22 at the National Western Complex. This included 65 people representing 45 DBE and ESB Professional Services firms who show cased their capabilities at the Reverse Trade Fair that kicked off the afternoon of networking. Tony Devito, CDOT I-70 Project Manager, gave a brief presentation about the project scope, proposed DBE/ESB goals, and Request for Proposals (RFP) schedule. He also let attendees know that the project will soon be renamed Central 70 to better capture the geographic location and importance of the corridor to the state's transportation system.

Representatives from the four short-listed prime developer teams came out in force to meet with small businesses interested in participating on the project. Each team visited the display tables of DBE/ESB firms at the Reverse Trade Fair and then welcomed additional small businesses to team tables at the SBE Networking event. 

Overall, both events w ere a huge success and offered personalized opportunities to meet w ith key project staff. Julie Wanzer representing SSG MEP attended both events and said, "I thought that the CDOT I-70 East Project Small Business Fair and Networking Event w as very w ell organized and w ell attended. The direct access to the shortlisted team worked out w ell and I w as able to make some great contacts." 

Click here for a copy of the presentation and a list of attendees and team contacts.

For more information about this event and other milestones for the project, please visit

On-the-Job Training Offers Big Benefits for Construction Employers


There are a lot of benefits to having an On-the-Job-Training (OJT) Program  approved by CDOT if you know how to make it w ork for your business. Large and small contractors can take advantage of various workforce development options on CDOT projects. Did you know...

  • CDOT sets goals for prime contractors to train journeyman workers in skilled trades on construction projects.
  • CDOT prime contractors must have an approved OJT plan.
  • CDOT compensates prime contractors for a portion of the trainee's hourly wage.
  • Subcontractors can also have an OJT plan and use it as a marketing tool to help primes meet their goals while getting valuable training for their employees.
  • Businesses in a labor union and members of the Colorado Contractors Association have a fast-track w ay to an approved OJT plan.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can leverage the OJT program or if you are required to meet OJT goals on CDOT projects, join CDOT in Alamosa on November 3rd for an educational workshop and update on upcoming CDOT projects in Region 5.

Join the Roundtable Discussion on DBE/ESB Contracting Barriers on Large Projects


CDOT is hosting an interactive roundtable discussion for small businesses interested in learning more about the implementation of the DBE and ESB programs on the I-70 East Project. As outlined in the Instructions to Proposers (ITP), the goals for this project are currently proposed as 11.6% DBE Design, 12.5% DBE construction and 3% ESB. CDOT w ill host the roundtable at CDOT Headquarters and also simulcast the session as a webinar for those w ho are unable to attend the session in person. This is the second in a series of webinars offered by the CDOT I-70 East Project team and is intended to provide small businesses and other potential subcontractors with the current project status. All participants will have a chance to ask questions and provide feedback. 

Register today to join in and be a part of the process!

CDOT Releases First Section of the I-70 East Project Draft RFP


CDOT and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) have publicly released the first section of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the I-70 East Project. The Instructions to Proposers (ITP) lays out CDOT's expectations - technical scope, contractual requirements and performance standards for the project. It also outlines the proposed DBE, ESB and OJT goals. The remainder of the first draft RFP will be released September 29 and will also be made available to the public.

The RFP is one of the most important elements in a highly competitive process to select a developer for the $1.17 billion I-70 East Project. Several drafts of the RFP w ill be produced over the next 8 months. The four developer teams which were selected in July w ill be asked to respond with highly detailed information about how they propose to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the I-70 East Project. Based upon the detailed review against complex criteria, a developer partner w ill be selected in the fall of 2016.

New Process for Adding Employees to CDOT Consultant Projects and MPA


New Process for Adding Employees to CDOT Consultant Projects and MPA CDOT recently updated its policy for adding consultant employees to a preexisting Master Pricing Agreement (MPA). Currently, all consultants working on a CDOT project must be listed on the firm's MPA. CDOT requires approval of the individual's billing rate prior to any w ork being performed and/or invoiced.

In some cases, employees w ho are not already on the MPA need to be able to work on a project immediately. CDOT has outlined a process to handle these situations and streamline the addition of qualified employees on active projects. Essentially, the CDOT PM submits authorization to CDOT Audit and the prime consultant follow s up w ith required payroll records to obtain an approved billing rate for the employee. Invoicing procedures are also outlined in the CDOT process memo.

US 36 and I-25 Express Lanes Easing the Way For Metro Commuters


CDOT, HPTE, and Plenary Roads Denver (PRD) recently released highlights of Phase 1 of the US 36 Express Lanes and I-25 Express Lanes. Since tolling began on July 22, commuters are embracing the traveling choices as evidenced by initial results, which are in line with expectations, including: 

  • 38,637 switchable HOV transponders distributed to date 
  • Bus speeds are meeting contractual obligations for travel times in the Express Lanes, helping to get riders where they need to go more efficiently 
  • Cyclists are actively using Phase 1's 11-mile bikeway from Turnpike Drive in Westminster to 88th Street in Louisville 
  • Number of HOV user transactions is 278,411 and the number of transactions by toll users is 947,219 97 percent of the monthly bills 
  • US 36 license plate toll bills were under $15, and 89 percent of the monthly I-25 license plate toll bills were under $15 
  • Ongoing monitoring of drivers continues to ensure minimal illegal crossing over double solid white line separating Express Lanes and free general purpose lanes 

Click here to set up your ExpressToll account and get a pass or transponder today!

Business and Financial Strategist Joins SBDC Connect2DOT Team


Darryl Keeton brings expertise in financial management and CDOT financial prequalification. Darryl has over 10 years of professional business experience. He spent five years at Deloitte & Touche in the Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) practice working with audits, general computer controls, and information security and privacy.

Two years ago, Darryl transitioned out of corporate American so he could focus on helping small businesses in his own practice. His experience with construction clients includes establishing formal accounting and financial processes, increasing operational efficiencies, establishing budgeting processes, and providing guidance and assistance for the recently adopted CDOT financial prequalification and Master Price Agreement (MPA) requirements.

Darryl received dual majors in accounting and management information systems at the University of Arizona. He enjoys outdoor activities including skiing and traveling to a new country every year. If you are interested in meeting with Darryl about your business (free, confidential, unlimited through the SBDc), please schedule an appointment through the Denver Metro SBDC or email

Colorado Springs Subcontractors Next in Line to Join Elite Graduates


We're heading to Colorado Springs next month with the award-winning LEADING EDGE program for businesses in the transportation industry. Our initial graduating class is already reaping the rewards of this ten-week business planning course with new subcontracts, business loans, employees, CDOT prequalification, and more! We're looking for other motivated highway design and engineering contractors in southern CO that want this same type of growth and success.

Past graduate James Martinez, President of Martinez Associates, Inc. said, "the Leading Edge course was an incredible learning experience. It's been a while since I've felt my brain soak up so much information. I entered knowing little about the course, but left with crucial concepts in place. I also feel I have the tools/resources to grow and expand my company in the private and transportation sectors. I would actually take this entire class again, that's how good it was."

The program will run on Monday evenings from September 14 - November 16, 2015 at the Colorado Springs SBDC. It is packed with instructors and guest speakers from the highway and construction industry that will walk you through the key elements of driving your business forward and help you develop a growth plan for success.

Join us on the evening of August 31st for an information session to find out more about the program and to meet some of the instructors.

Register Today!

Denver Launches M/WBE Mentor-Protege Program


The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO) is launching a Mentor-Protégé program to help build capacity among minority and woman-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) within the construction and professional services industry. Applications are now being accepted from certified M/WBE firms, as well as experienced businesses to serve as mentors.

The M/WBE Mentor-Protégé program will match successful, seasoned business leaders with smaller firms for business coaching. Protégés will receive coaching on public contract applications and contract performance, as well as a wide array of other business-management topics, from strategic planning to financial management and marketing.

CDOT Announces Short List for the I-70 East Project Pursuit


CDOT released a list of four teams it has deemed qualified to compete to rebuild I-70 East in northeast Denver. The teams submitted a Statement of Qualification (SOQ) in June and were evaluated on their organizational structure, experience on like projects, approach to the project and financial capacity. At $1.2 billion, this Public-Private Partnership (P3) will be the state's largest construction project to date. The teams are:

  • 5280 Connectors
  • Kiewit/Meridiam Partners
  • Front Range Mobility Group
  • I-70 Mile High Partners
An initial draft Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued next month and CDOT expects to announce the winning team next year. The final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is due to be released early next year. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017.

Click here for a list of team contacts if you would like to learn more about the status of their project pursuit and potential subcontracting opportunities,.

CDOT Invites Local Businesses to Spend A Day at CDOT


Do you have a product or service you think CDOT could use but they don't know about you? The CDOT Vendor Open House on July 29, 2015 is the event you've been waiting for! The CDOT Center for Procurement and Contract Services is opening its doors to meet with vendors that provide professional services, goods and supplies. You'll have a chance to talk one-on-one w ith the CDOT staff who make purchasing decisions for the agency. Existing and potential vendors are welcome to attend. You will:

  • Learn how to get registered w ith CDOT
  • Learn how to navigate the CDOT online vendor portal
  • Learn how to get prequalified and submit bids online
  • Find out w hat CDOT buys and how to get a contract
  • Market your products/services to decision makers
  • Get connected w ith FREE business support services

Be sure to RSVP for either the morning session from 9am - 11am or the afternoon session from 1pm - 3pm.

Statement of Qualifications Submitted by Five Teams for the I-70 East Project


CDOT received Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) from five teams of combined construction and engineering firms, operators, and equity investors. An SOQ is a summary of a team's experience in the industry and with similar projects that helps CDOT begin the process of choosing the most qualified team for the project. The teams are:

  1. 5280 Connectors
  2. Denver Mobility Partners
  3. Front Range Mobility Group
  4. I-70 Mile High Partners
  5. Kiewit / Meridiam Partners

Click here for a full list of members on each team.

CDOT Requests Feedback on FHWA Overall Annual DBE Goal


CDOT has proposed an overall annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 12.46% for projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) during Federal Fiscal Years 2016-2018. This is a 2.21% increase over CDOT's prior overall DBE goal during 2013 - 2015. CDOT has published a draft methodology explaining the analysis and conclusions resulting in the proposed goal. Click here to read the document.

CDOT will be accepting comments from the public on the overall DBE goal through June 30, 2015 via email to Additionally, a public meeting will be held on June 30, 2015 at 9am in the CDOT Headquarters Auditorium to obtain feedback on the goal. Please plan to attend and provide your input. All interested parties are welcome; no RSVP is required.

CDOT Selects Design-Build Teams to Propose on C-470 Project and Sets DBE and OJT Goals


The following three of five teams that submitted Statements of Qualification were short-listed to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) to design and build the $269 miillion C-470 Express Lanes expansion project in Denver.

  • Edward Kraemer & Sons/Atkins
  • Flatiron Construction/AECOM 
  • Ames/HDR
These teams are required to attend a Reverse Trade Fair on June 19, 2015 where they will meet with DBE firms. DBEs who attended the pre-fair workshop on May 18th will be showcasing their products and services at display tables. Other contractors and and industry stakeholders are invited to attend and network with the DBE firms, CDOT Project Managers, and representatives from the prime teams.

Two separate DBE goals have been set for the project, one for the design portion and one for construction. Design elements have a DBE goal of 10 percent and construction is set at 12 percent. The On-the-Job Training (OJT) goal is 20,000 hours for skilled crafts.

If you are a DBE firm that provides highway design or construction services and are interested in subcontracting opportunities on the C-470 Express Lanes project, come to the Reverse Trade Fair. If you missed the pre-fair orientation on May 18th, you may still attend as a walk-in.

New Law Gives CDOT Discretion to Award Contracts with Less Competition


HB15-1046 passes and opens up more opportunities for CDOT contractors. In the past, if there were fewer than three bidders for a highway project, CDOT could only award a contract if:

  • The contract amount was no more than 10% over CDOT's project cost estimate; or
  • CDOT's project cost estimate was less than $1 million and the contract amount is less than 25% over the estimate.
A new law signed by Governor Hickenlooper on April 8, 2015 allows CDOT to award a highway contract to the low responsible bidder regardless of CDOT's project cost estimate if the CDOT Executive Director determines that it is in the best financial, economic, or other interest of the state to do so.

This legislation will open up more opportunities for contractors by allowing CDOT to get projects started quicker and more efficiently. In a low bid environment, reduced competition can lead to big gains for contractors who are actively bidding. If you're on the fence about bidding as a prime on a CDOT project, go for it and you may reap the reward!

Southwestern Colorado Gears Up for a Busy Construction Season


CDOT Region 5 will have an estimated $94 million in roadway, traffic and safety improvement projects underway this 2015 construction season. Work will include some 23 projects that address roadway and bridge construction, traffic and safety (e.g., signals, intersection upgrades), culverts, retaining walls, rock fall mitigation and more. The 23 projects will involve work on:

  • 68 linear miles of highway (plus an additional 750 miles of highway striping)
  • 10 bridges
  • 6 culverts
  • 4 intersections
  • Other: 1 rock fall site, 1 wildlife underpass (and wildlife fencing), 4 crib walls, 1 major drainage system, 1 slow vehicle pull-out
These planned projects, which also include RAMP and local agency partner projects, are detailed in the CDOT Region 5 Traffic Watcher.

Connect2DOT Heading to Southern CO


We're heading to Durango and Alamosa in April! We had a great turnout at our contractor workshops in Grand Junction, Meeker and Craig last month. There are a number of small businesses who are ready, willing and able to work on CDOT projects in Region 3. If you're looking for subcontractors along the I-70 corridor, contact us and we can put you in touch.

We expect to have the same great turnout this month in Durango and Alamosa. CDOT and the Small Business Development Centers will be hosting a CDOT Contract Management & Compliance workshop, as well as DBE and ESB certification workshops for businesses interested in getting certified. Not only will you learn about working with CDOT but staff will be available for one-on-one meetings to answer your individual questions. Check the Connect2DOT event calendar for more information and to register. 

Coming Soon...Revisions to CDOT Design & Engineering Proposal Scoring


CDOT is in the process of revising the way in which it awards points for small business participation on its design and engineering projects. Typically, CDOT consultant projects are awarded using a "most qualified" evaluation process. Statements of Interest (SOI) are submitted in response to an advertised Invitation for Consultant Services. A CDOT selection panel scores each SOI and awards a contract to the highest scoring consultant or team. Small business participation accounts for 10 percent of the evaluation score. 

A new scoring system is being developed that will change how these points are allocated. The evaluation will include an analysis of the prime consultant's utilization of DBE and ESB firms in the past. Meeting the DBE goal will not result in additional points but will be considered a "pass-fail" component of the SOI evaluation. Check CDOT's website later this month for more details about the revised scoring process and when it will go into effect.

C-470 Express Toll Lanes DBE/ESB Outreach Events in the Works


A total of 25 firms responded to the CDOT Request for Letters of Interest on the C-470 Express Tolls Lanes Segment 1 Project which will be constructed, managed, owned, and operated by CDOT. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued to those firms on February 26 with a due date of April 23. 

To facilitate industry communication and provide the best possible opportunities for DBE and ESB subcontractors, CDOT is planning to hold an information session in May and a reverse trade fair in June when the RFP is scheduled to be released. The reverse trade fair will allow DBE and ESB  certified firms to display their capabilities and market to the prime contractors one-on-one. Prime contractors will be required to attend and visit subcontractor tables. Please check the CDOTproject website and the Connect2DOT event calendar over the next few weeks for more information and to register for these events.

CDOT Master Price Agreements Required for all A/E Consultants


As of April 1, 2015, ALL CDOT A&E consultant firms must have an MPA in place to invoice for work on CDOT projects and/or to be awarded a CDOT project. A sub without an MPA could delay or prohibit award of a contract. If you are interested in teaming or providing professional services for a CDOT consultant project, which includes design-build, construction management, bridge design and inspection, environmental, geotechnical, landscape architecture, materials testing, surveying, civil and structural engineering, and other design disciplines, you must first be prequalified by CDOT and have an indirect cost rate analysis to establish your annual billing rates.

Consultant prequalification can now be completed online through CDOT's Vendor Portal. CDOT has also published a Financial Prequalification Process document that provides step-by-step instructions on how to establish an MPA.

CDOT ESB Certification is Back!


CDOT has been working hard on improving the Emerging Small Business (ESB) program and is implementing many new program benefits. ESB restricted projects are being identified in all regions across the state and a scoring point system is being put in place for prime consultants that utilize ESB subconsultants. You will also see an element of the ESB program on the I-70 East project.

One of the criteria for certification is completing an ESB Orientation webinar. These session were on hold while the program was being revamped. Registration is now open for the next Orientation on March 13. If you are a small business that meets program eligibility criteria and wants a competitive edge in contracting on CDOT projects, don't miss this opportunity to get one step closer to certification!

CDOT Starts DBE Goal Setting for FHWA Overall Annual Goal and I-70 East


There's been a lot of talk about what CDOT will do with DBE goals and ESB participation on the I-70 East project. It's something CDOT is not taking lightly. They realize the impact the project will have along the Front Range and they know there will be plenty of small businesses waiting in line for sub contracting opportunities. They intend to fully support minority and woman-owned firms, as well as other small contractors on this project. They are currently working on innovative strategies to support the project.

This year, CDOT is required to submit a three-year overall annual DBE goal and methodology to FHWA. With a great amount of foresight, they decided to conduct a dual goal setting process with the I-70 East project goal setting so all major factors are being considered at the same time. The result will be two separate goals, one for the I-70 East project and one for CDOT's overall annual goal for FY 2016-2018. The analysis will consider the type of work anticipated for I-70 East and other projects statewide. It will also look at the relative availability of DBE firms that are ready, willing, and able to work on CDOT projects and other relevant market factors.

How can you participate? If you are sent a survey, respond. If the information about your business is listed incorrectly on the DBE directory, get it updated. When you hear about public meetings or an open comment period on the draft, join in!

CDOT to Host I-70 East Project Industry Forum


CDOT is pleased to announce an Industry Forum for the I-70 East Corridor Project on March 11-12, 2015. The I-70 East project proposes to bring major improvements to one of the region's most critical highway segments. The Industry Forum is an opportunity to showcase the proposed I-70 East Project, explore creative approaches to project development, and seek early input from attendees on procurement design and cost saving ideas. Because the I-70 East Project is one of the largest transportation projects in the country, the Forum is expected to attract a wide array of participants including global contractors and developers, engineering and design firms, investors and lenders and local, DBE, and specialty contractors.

The Forum will start at 2:00 pm on March 11th with an opening session. One-on-one meetings with interested teams will begin at 4:00 pm on the 11th and will continue through the morning and early afternoon of March 12th. More information, including a detailed agenda, will be available soon. The Industry Forum is a critical step in the process to determine a funding and procurement plan for the proposed I-70 East project. A funding plan is a required element of the Record of Decision, which is the document that completes the I-70 East Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Industry Forum does not preclude or circumvent the outcome of the ongoing EIS for I-70 East.

Click here to learn more

CDOT Provides Businesses with Resources on Coping with Construction


Every driver has experienced the delays and frustrations associated with highway construction. Local businesses can also be affected as access to their business becomes difficult. CDOT is making it easier on business owners by posting notices and offering tips on their website Coping with Construction.

On the site, you can find information on public meetings, right-of-way information for businesses, advanced notice of parking changes and lane re-configurations, FAQs; and more. There are also links to other CDOT resources aimed at easing the impact on drivers, including, CDOT's official site for posting road closures, weather alerts, and other up-to-date transportation information.

If you are a small business owner caught in the middle of a highway or roadway improvement project, check out the resources available on CDOT's website or in this handy Cone Zone Reference Guide.

ACEC-CO Sponsoring Legislation for Fairness in Contracting for A/E Firms


On Monday, February 2, HB15-1197 "Concerning Limitations on Indemnity Obligations in Public Construction Contracts" was introduced by ACEC Colorado to the Colorado legislature. It addresses uninsurable contract language in public contracts that has been a long time challenge for design professionals. Essentially, design professionals are being asked to defend public entities against third party claims before there has been any determination that the design professional has committed error.

Design professionals' professional liability insurance only covers legal costs to the extent caused by the negligent errors and omissions of the design professional. Defense costs that are incurred prior to finding out if the design professional is negligent will come out of the design professional firms' pockets. Rep. Jack Tate (R, Centennial) and Sen. Cheri Jahn (R, Jefferson County) have agreed to sponsor the bill.

Contact ACEC to find out more about the bill and how you can participate in the legal process.

CDOT Announces New Regional Bus Service


If you didn't stop by the Western Stock Show to check out the sleek black commuter bus with purple letters on the side that read "Bustang," you'll have a chance to ride on one soon. Starting in March, CDOT is launching an Inter-regional Express Bus Service to make traveling to the I-25 Front Range and I-70 Mountain corridors easier. The Bustang service will run from Denver to Glenwood Springs in the west, Fort Collins in the north and Colorado Springs in the south.

Longer-distance commuters will have an option to kick back in style with WiFi, bike racks, bathrooms, USB charging stations, outlets, and reclining seats, among other amenities. CDOT's hope is that the new state-run bus service will not only alleviate the stress of bumper-to-bumper traffic to the mountains, but have a positive environmental impact by eliminating the number of cars burning up gas on the state's roadways.

CDOT Region 5 Contractors Learn About 2015 Project Opportunities


Adverse weather conditions didn't stop contractors in the Durango area from finding out about the projects CDOT has planned for 2015. Although schools were closed and a foot of snow fell overnight, more than 45 people attended an informational session on January 13. DBE's were invited to a workshop on CDOT online systems and were given tips on what it takes to be a prime contractor. Both prime and sub contractors were then privy to details about various CDOT and municipal projects coming up this year across southwest Colorado.

Ed Archuletta, CDOT Resident Engineer, let contractors know that CDOT Region 5 has spent more than $45 million per year for the past five years on construction projects. RAMP funding for local agency projects has contributed even more to the amount of work being done in the region. The CDOT team provided information on 17 construction projects planned for summer/fall, 4 traffic and safety projects, and another 14 local agency projects.

If you are interested in finding out more about the event or these projects, please contact Monica Vialpando, CDOT Civil Rights Specialist, or (719) 587-6589.

CDOT Revamps Online Brand


If you haven't visited the CDOT website recently, you may not know that it's sporting some new clothes and a new address at The update was part of CDOT's re-branding effort to align with the Colorado State brand and new CDOT brand guidelines. Bright colors, intuitive icons, and easy-to-read content make the site more user-friendly. It is also mobile-friendly and accessible from anywhere on any device.

New LEADING EDGE for Transportation Course Designed to Educate and Graduate Business Leaders


For the first time ever in Colorado, small businesses have the opportunity to participate in a highly customized, interactive business planning course designed specifically for highway design and construction contractors.

Offered through the Denver Metro SBDC Connect2DOT Program, this ten-week course starting February 19th was built on the award-winning LEADING EDGE curriculum and tailored by industry experts to help contractors determine the best growth strategy for their business. If you want to successfully perform on CDOT projects and other USDOT-funded contracts, this is the first step toward catalyzing your business.

In this program, you will:

  • Focus on increasing your business's capacity to successfully perform as a sub and prime contractor on government contracts.
  • Create a Business Development Plan tailored to meet your business needs and goals.
  • Work one-on-one with an experienced business advisor to reach your goals. 
  • Graduate with recognition from the CDOT Executive Director, Colorado Transportation Commission, CDOT Project Staff, Prime Contractors and more!

Click here to find out more.

Shailen Bhatt Named New CDOT Executive Director


On January 5, 2015, Governor John Hickenlooper announced that Shailen Bhatt will serve as the next Executive Director for CDOT. Mr. Bhatt replaces Don Hunt who announced last November that he would not be staying for a second term. Mr. Hunt will remain at CDOT through the end of February to facilitate a smooth transition and then he will return to his project development and advisory firm, The Antero Company.

Mr. Bhatt was most recently the Cabinet Secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) where he directed nearly a billion dollar budget and managed 2,800 employees and the state's transportation system. During his term, he successfully delivered $2 billion in infrastructure investments, managed the disaster recovery of two hurricanes, and strengthened the financial stewardship of the department by reducing agency debt by nearly 40 percent and increasing funds available for infrastructure. Read more...

What's Happening with the I-70 East Project?


Due to substantial changes to initial revenue projections, including the potential reduction of available Senate Bill 09-228 (SB-228) funds, CDOT staff w ill be presenting various scope and funding options to the Transportation Commission during the standing meeting on December 17th. These meetings are open to the public. Click here for the agenda.

The following outlines the schedule for the next three months to keep the I-70 East Project moving forward:

  • December: Staff w ill update the Transportation Commission on the three fundamental options available to the Department for the first phase of the project. Click here for an overview of the options.
  • January: Staff hopes to obtain direction from the Commission on how to fund the preferred scope.
  • February: Staff w ill seek direction from the Commission on how to deliver the project (through a public-private partnership or traditional delivery).

CDOT has postponed the RFQ and industry forum until early 2015 after the NEPA analysis is finalized and key decisions have been made by CDOT staff and the Commission regarding the scope and funding options.

CDOT Launches New Supplier Self-Service Portal


On December 15th, CDOT launched its much anticipated vendor-facing portal. All vendors are now required to be registered with CDOT and most bidding/solicitation processes will be performed through the portal. So, if you have ever asked, "how do I get on CDOT's vendor list?" this is it.

Some of the benefits include:
  • Enhanced ease of use to register and/or pre-qualify your company to do business with CDOT
  • Elimination of reproduction and shipping costs by enabling direct electronic submittal of proposals for goods or services
  • Ability to track your CDOT POs and payments
  • Centralized database of vendors available to CDOT staff
The features will be different depending upon the type of goods and services you provide:
  • For Highway Construction, contractors will use the vendor portal for pre-qualification only, bids will still be done through Bid Express
  • For Professional Services, consultants will use the vendor portal for pre-qualification, viewing advertisements for/and submittal of Statement of Interest (SOI) opportunities. 
  • All Other Vendors will use the vendor portal for registration, viewing bidding opportunities and submittal of proposals. 
Complete these simple two steps to get started:
  • Click here for the initial registration and create your CDOT Supplier Self-Service Portal account.
  • Once registered, click here for the new CDOT Supplier Self-Service Portal to view and respond to bids/solicitations.

CDOT Transportation "Roadmap" Available for Review and Comment


CDOT's blueprint for improving the state's transportation system over the next 10 to 25 years now is available for public review and comment. Know n as the Statewide Transportation Plan (SWP), it includes the goals and objectives to enhance safety, mobility, maintenance and economic vitality. It also presents:

  • Public and stakeholder input
  • Identifies Colorado's multi-modal transportation system
  • Transportation needs, revenue and funding gaps
  • Overall investment strategies
  • Top strategic actions to meet the plan's goals

You are encouraged to view and provide comments on the overall SWP, on Colorado's first Statew ide Transit Plan (STP), and the 10 rural Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs) at Colorado Transportation Matters through January 4, 2015. The site is divided regionally, allowing citizens to view interactive maps and transportation plans for their area.

Strong Business Interest in Upcoming Transportation Opportunities


400 Participate in Business Networking Event On I-70 East, C-470 Projects
DENVER– Four hundred highway transportation contractors, local, small and disadvantaged businesses and industry stakeholders on Oct. 22 crowded into an informational networking event about business opportunities on the upcoming C-470 and I-70 East projects hosted by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Small and minority-owned businesses accounted for approximately a third of the participants.

“We were surprised at the enthusiasm the business community showed for these projects, even though they’re still in the early stages of development,” said CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt. “Participants recognized that the improvements planned for C-470 and I-70 East will change the face of transportation in the Denver metro area – and that they are excellent opportunities for both large and small businesses.”

The event, held at the Colorado Convention Center, included an overview of both projects and a vision for Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBE) goal setting and workforce development. A panel discussion involving prime contractors and small businesses discussed best practices on how to engage local businesses on large projects with meaningful and high value work.

“We want to provide every opportunity for businesses of all sizes to be a part of this success,” Hunt said. This event is the first step of many as we bring these projects closer to construction.”

In this new era of transportation, CDOT, keenly focused on using taxpayers’ dollars efficiently, has streamlined and accelerated its process. Projects start soon and are built faster. Planning, financing and construction – once distinct and separate stages – now overlap, providing more transparency and more efficiency. 

That’s the case for the C-470 and I-70 East projects, which are concluding lengthy and comprehensive planning processes. At the same time, CDOT has asked the High Performance Transportation Enterprise to explore financing opportunities, to begin the first steps of the lengthy and transparent construction contracting process at the same time as the environmental process.​

"CDOT is taking the necessary steps to identify funding and procurement methods, regardless of which alternatives are ultimately chosen," said Kirk Webb, director of National Environmental Policy Act planning for CDOT Region 1.

More information is available at the Connect2DOT Program at (720) 624-6748 or

Bid Express Offering Free Training and New Subscriber Incentives


Over the next few months CDOT is moving to 100 percent online bidding for all highway construction projects. That means, no more paper bids w ill be accepted. Prime contractors must use Bid Express to submit bids electronically. In support of this transition, InfoTech, the online service provider for Bid Express, is offering several free workshops in Denver between October 14 - 16. 

As an additional bonus, CDOT contractors are being offered two great incentives if you sign up for a Bid Express account before May 31, 2015.

  • The Basic Service subscription fee of $35/month w ill be waived for the first three months.
  • The one time fee of $100 to obtain a Digital ID (required to submit bids to CDOT) will be waived.

Click here to find out more about these workshops and incentives. You may also check the Connect2DOT event calendar.

CDOT DBE and ESB Applications and Renewals Go Completely Online


There's been a lot of talk about when CDOT would move to online DBE/ESB applications and renewals. Well, the time is here! You can now create an account on the CDOT online portal and submit your DBE or ESB application online.

The system is similar to the City and County of Denver's MWDBE system which allow s you to apply for DBE certification, as well as other City and County of Denver small business certifications. With the launch of the CDOT system, all Colorado DBE applications must now be submitted online. Paper copies will no longer be accepted. Registration and application for DBE/ESB certification is free.

Starting in October, all CDOT DBE and ESB renewal documentation must also be submitted electronically using the same online portal. CDOT will no longer accept paper Change Affidavits or No Change Affidavits. Every DBE/ESB firm is now required to provide online renewal documentation to CDOT by its annual anniversary date. No exceptions will be made and late renewals will have to go through a formal appeal process or the firm will have to wait one year to reapply.

If you need assistance completing the application or uploading documents in the new system, you can visit the CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center or schedule an individual training session with a Connect2DOT consultant.

CDOT Hosting Spotlight Event for Major Upcoming Projects on October 22nd


The future of CDOT's largest planned highway construction projects is being talked about now. Come join the conversation on October 22nd and get an inside look at w hat to expect as I-70 East and C-470 begin to gear up. This information session will include project presentations, CDOT's approach to DBE/ESB goal setting, a panel discussion with key stakeholders, as w ell as opportunities to meet and greet with prime contractors. It will be an excellent opportunity to get the latest available project information and strengthen relationships with the local business community. Click here to learn more.

CDOT Providing Construction Contract Administration Training


In an effort to improve consistency of construction contract administration, CDOT is encouraging anyone acting as a CDOT or Consultant Project Engineer on a CDOT administered project to attend an upcoming CDOT Construction Project Administration course. This course is part of CDOT's Transportation Engineering Training Program which is now open to industry partners and includes courses such as Applied Roadway Design, CDOT Lighting Design Guide Training, Context Sensitive Solutions, Disputes & Claims Resolution, Reading Structural Plans, and more. The following training dates available for Contract Administration:

  • October 28-30: Region 3 Grand Junction
  • December 9-11: Region 2 Colorado Springs
  • January 13-15: Region 1 Denver North Holly
  • February 10-12: Region 4 Greeley
  • March 17-19: Region 1 Denver North Holly

The cost for the three-day course is $450. Click here to go to the event calendar for more information about the training being offered on these dates. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Allison Wilson, CDOT Training Manager at (303) 757-9298.

I-70 East Project Moving Forward


There's been a lot of planning and activity happening on the I-70 East Project. Below is a list of highlights and upcoming events:

  • August 29 - The Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) was released outlining the transportation alternatives which were evaluated in an effort to improve safety, access, and mobility while addressing congestion on I-70 from I-25 to Tower Road. 
  • September 2 - A local project office was opened in the Elyria and Swansea Neighborhood at 3501 East 46th Avenue (Denver Rescue Mission). The office is staffed by project team members who are on hand to answer questions and collect public comments on the SDEIS.
  • September 23-25 - Public hearings will be held at the end of the month to review project information and gather comments.
  • October 14 - Deadline to submit public comments on the SDEIS for review and inclusion in the project record.
  • October 22 - A Project Information & Networking Session will be held for industry stakeholders and contractors interested in learning more about future project contracting opportunities and CDOT's diversity initiatives.
Click on the links above for details about each of these activities or visit the I-70 East EIS project website at

CDOT Transitioning to Full Online Bidding for Construction Projects


For the past several years, CDOT has been an agency user of the the Bid Express online bidding service provided by Info Tech, Inc. It is a two-way service, publishing bid-related information from agencies to the bidding community, and allowing online, secure bid submission from the bidding community to the agency. Bid Express has several subscription levels from basic and online plan viewing to bidding and bid tab analysis. It also includes a Small Business Network that enables requests for and submissions of subcontractor quotes.

Starting this fall, CDOT is moving to 100 percent online bidding for all highway construction projects. That means, no more paper bids will be accepted. The rollout schedule below will help ensure all prime contractors, including small businesses, have sufficient time to learn the Bid Express system and make the transition to submitting bids online.

  • October 1, 2014 - All projects over $5M will require online bids
  • January 1, 2015 - All projects over $1M will require online bids
  • March 1, 2015 - All projects will require online bids 
To learn more about Bid Express, visit

If you are interested in hands-on training with a Connect2DOT consultant, please email You may also visit a Connect2DOT Program kiosk to access a free Bid Express account and download project plans at your local Small Business Development Center.

For eligible DBE and ESB certified firms, we have a limited number of free CDOT Sponsored Bid Express Small Business Network Accounts available. Click here for more information and to apply.

Colorado Ranks Second in National Information Technology (IT) Survey


The 2014 Digital States Survey identifies and promotes best and emerging practices in the public sector IT community. The biennial survey grades states on multiple categories and determines an overall grade for each state's IT efforts in government.

The survey found that Colorado's transportation IT initiatives were forward-thinking, innovative and effective. In particular, the survey noted:

  • The Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) completed upgrades to CDOT's Systems Applications and Products (SAP) which opened 22 new business functions and increased business capabilities and accounting project systems. 
  • Colorado converted the Oversize and Overweight Permitting System to an online system that is integrated with the Colorado State Patrol with the port of entry monitoring to greatly reduce costs and improve efficiency and highway safety.
  • OIT and CDOT's use of Google Hangouts for video conferencing enabled cost-effective communications for CDOT's 3,000+ employees across the state. 
  • The survey also noted national recognition ("White House Champion of Change for Transportation Innovation") that CDOT received in 2013 for "CDOT Mobile", an app that gives travelers real-time information on highway conditions, speeds and major traffic projects.

Click here for the full press release.

Experienced Purchasing Agents Join CDOT's Purchasing Team


CDOT is proud to announce the recent addition of Roman Hernandez and Toi Matthews to the team. Roman is originally from California and has worked in purchasing for over 10 years. His most recent procurement position was with Denver Water as a Purchasing Agent/Contracts Specialist. Roman is currently attending school working on a Doctorate of Business Administration with a concentration on Organizational Leadership. He will be the new Purchasing Agent for CDOT Region 4, Aeronautics, OTS, and DAS.

Toi will be coordinating the storerooms and handling procurement for all staff branches. Toi is originally from Louisiana and was the System Procurement and Contracts Manager for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System for more than 11 years, and the Capital Equipment Coordinator for Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA.

If you provide professional services, commodities or supplies, please introduce yourself to Roman and Toi and the other purchasing agents at CDOT. Click here for a full contact list.

New Transportation Director Appointed for CDOT Region 2


The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has named Karen Rowe as the new Regional Transportation Director (RTD) for Region Two, encompassing the fourteen counties of southeastern Colorado. Rowe begins her new position on Aug. 1. She has been with CDOT for nearly 16 years, replacing Tom Wrona, who retired at the end of June.

As RTD, Rowe will oversee all regional CDOT activities, including construction and maintenance. “I’m looking forward to the challenges of my new position,” said Rowe. “We have a great staff that’s focused on meeting the transportation needs of Region Two and Colorado.”

Rowe began her career as a project engineer in Durango, and then became a resident engineer in Glenwood Springs before coming to Pueblo as a resident engineer. She has served as South Program Engineer – overseeing CDOT construction projects in nine counties – for the past three years.

“I am excited to help move the department in a new direction and provide more opportunities for Region Two,” added Rowe.

Rowe received her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic University – San Luis Obispo. She became a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado in 1997.

“Karen has extensive knowledge of the region’s unique needs and issues,” said CDOT Chief Operating Officer Scot Cuthbertson. “She’ll continue to deliver the high quality customer service that Tom Wrona provided to the region.”

CDOT Delays Implementation of Consultant Prequalification Process until Jan 1, 2015


CDOT and various representatives from the consultant industry (large and small) have been actively engaged in discussions regarding CDOT's new Prequalification process. While CDOT continues to believe this new process will be beneficial for everyone, as well as ensure CDOT's compliance with federal and state statutes, they recognize that the resources to assist everyone with this process remain incomplete despite their efforts to complete in a more timely manner. 

CDOT will continue to work on completing the development of these items, inclusive of the Audit Guidelines for Prequalification (Guidelines) and new Master Pricing Agreement (MPA) template. As such, and to better move forward in the very near future, CDOT is deferring the implementation date for the new Prequalification process to January 1, 2015. This timeline will allow them to provide consultants with complete information on the requirements and process, as well as provide all consultants additional time to complete their necessary steps to meet the requirements at this new timeline.

Click here for complete details. If you have any questions, please contact Bernie Rasmussen, CDOT Engineering Contracts Program Manager at 303-757-9400, or George Currie, CDOT Division of Audit at (303)757-9979.

SBA Increases Small Business Size Standards for Several Construction Industries


Prime and subcontractors that participate in the Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) or Emerging Small Business (ESB) Programs may see larger firms becoming certified. As of July 14, 2014, the Small Business Administration (SBA) increased revenue-based size standards for numerous industries, including general and specialty construction. Because the DBE and ESB Programs use the SBA small business size standards to determine eligibility, this means many more firms may qualify or continue to be eligible for certification.

It’s been more than five years since the SBA updated the revenue size standards for small businesses. The SBA cited inflation as the reason for the adjustments. A total of 476 industrial categories have been revised and the new small business size standards range between $5.5M and $38.5M. Although the upper end is higher, the DBE Program still has a revenue size standard cap of $22.5M. 

Click here for a list of new standards for general and specialty construction.

CDOT Announces New Master Pricing Agreement (MPA) for Consultants


Beginning July 1, 2014, all consultants (primes and subs) that wish to be prequalified to do business with CDOT will be required to have a Master Pricing Agreement (MPA). As part of the MPA, consultant firms will be required to have an audited indirect cost rate. CDOT may establish exceptions to the audited indirect cost rate for firms below a certain threshold amount of business with CDOT. For more information on these requirements, please click here.

So, what does this mean to you? If you're an architect, engineer, or other highway design professional wanting to compete for CDOT consultant projects, you'll need to have an independent CPA audit your financials every year to determine your indirect rate and ensure Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliance.

For most firms, this requires; developing internal controls for critical areas such as labor charging and compensation, setting up a chart of accounts to properly segregate unallowable costs, and performing periodic monitoring activities to support your internal control system.

If you have questions or need assistance with meeting these requirements, please contact your local SBDC or schedule an appointment online with an SBDC financial expert.

Additional Resources:

CDOT Changes/Updates to Construction Specifications


The CDOT Specifications Committee recently created new special provisions and proposed revisions to existing special provisions. Highlights of recent changes and proposed updates include:

  • Revision of Sections 625.13, 105.13(a) and 105.13(b): This update changes the language in these sections of the spec to increase the hourly "not to exceed" rate from $100 per hour to $150 per hour, as the old rate was out-of-date and did not reflect current market rates. The new rate is not a set rate, but a "not to exceed" rate. The actual rate must still be negotiated. The new rate will be reviewed every 3 years to ensure it captures the market rate. This change is now if effect.
  • Revision of Section 603.09 Backfilling: Revisions to this section are currently under review. The proposed update would discontinue deflection testing for concrete pipe, but continue to require it for flexible pipe (including clay, metal and plastic pipe). Comment period open until 6/30/14.
  • Revision of Sections 603, 624, 705, 707, and 712 Drainage Pipe: Revisions to this section are currently under review. Changes are proposed to include use of polypropylene pipe and aluminized corrugated steel pipe type 2. Comment period open until 6/30/14.
The deadline for comments is June 30, 2014. If you would like to provide comments, please contact CDOT Standards and Specifications Unit at (303) 757-9011.

You may order a copy of the 2011 Standard Specifications from CDOT or visit a Connect2DOT Program location. For more information on all CDOT specification updates click here.

Colorado State Purchasing Set to Launch New Procurement System to replace Colorado BIDS


On July 7, 2014, competitive bid opportunities (goods, services & construction notices) for State Agencies (including CDOT) and State Institutions of Higher Education will be published on the new Colorado Vendor Self Service (ColoradoVSS) website. The transition is part of an extensive upgrade by the Colorado State Purchasing Office to modernize the portal and integrate it with the State's new financial system.

No new solicitations will be posted on ColoradoBIDS after June 30. However, solicitations will be active for an undetermined time in both ColoradoBIDS and ColoradoVSS. Although email notifications will be enabled in both systems, we recommend checking both websites to ensure you don't miss any potential contracting opportunities. 

Visit the Colorado Division of Finance & Procurement website for more information.

Connect2DOT Launches CDOT Bid Matching Service


Have you ever spent hours searching bidding websites trying to find RFP's that fit for your business? Do you hit the refresh button on CDOT's bidding website to make sure you don't miss a good opportunity? Well, now you have an assistant to help save you time and target your business development efforts.

The CDOT Bid Matching Service (BMS) makes it easier for businesses to find relevant CDOT opportunities by sending a notification of construction projects when bid items match the company's NAICS code. Simply register online, select the NAICS codes that interest you, and start receiving emails each week with a list of newly advertised CDOT projects that match your NAICS. You can use the lists to narrow down your search and focus in on project opportunities that are right for your business.

Sign up today and start bidding tomorrow!

San Luis Valley Awards Its First ESB Project


CDOT Region Five’s Alamosa Engineering Residency has completed its first restricted Emerging Small Business (ESB) construction contract! Through the regular bidding process small businesses who meet ESB criteria set by CDOT are able to complete for contracts directly with CDOT. This is the third project completed by an ESB in CDOT Region Five.

Medved Global, Inc. of the southwestern part of the state was awarded this contract. Jason Velasquez, the Project Manager, said this of the prime contractor’s work: “They were really good to work with, really responsive.” He also said that they finished “way ahead of schedule.” The project was slated for completion in 55 days. They finished it in 19.

Working with contractors from this region of the state is a benefit to the local communities. It establishes them as a viable option for business and they perform a commercially useful function. It is the foundation of small business – we all benefit. There is an increasing need to certify more emerging small businesses (ESB) and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE). For more information about DBE and ESB opportunities in Region Five, please contact Mónica C. Vialpando at 719-587-6589. Click here to find out more about ESB and DBE certifications.

CDOT Changes/Updates to Construction Specifications


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. 

Highlights of recent changes include:

  • 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. 
The deadline for comments is April 15, 2014. If you would like to provide comments, please contact CDOT Standards and Specifications Unit at (303)757-9011.

You may order a copy of the 2011 Standard Specifications from CDOT or visit a Connect2DOT kiosk location.  

CDOT Offers Free Bid Express SBN Accounts to DBE/ESB Contractors


This year, you're going see more CDOT bids going online. Why? Because CDOT successfully used the Bid Express online bidding system for highway construction projects last year and they're looking to move completely online soon. Using the web-based bidding system resulted in numerous benefits from saving paper to expediting accurate and timely prime contractor bids.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Emerging Small Business (ESB) firms may apply for a FREE account to find prime contractor requests for quotes, submit unsolicited sub-quotes, search for project opportunities by keyword, download/print project plan sheets, conduct bid tab analysis, and more. This offer is worth nearly $2,500 per year!

Click here if you are interested in applying or renewing your Bid Express account. Please check the eligibility criteria and complete the online application/renewal. Your application will be reviewed and you will receive an email notice of approval or denial within 14 days.

CDOT Approves New DBE Construction Special Provisions


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. 

DOT reschedules DBE Listening Session


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. 

Click here for more information.

CDOT hosting US 34 Flood Repair Telephone Town Hall


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 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 Information on all highway repairs projects can also be found at

CDOT Announces Prime Contractors for Major Flooding Repair Projects


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
For more information about the scope of these projects, please visit the CDOT Bidding website.

Colorado Floods Create Opportunities for Contractors


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:

  1. Review the CDOT Emergency Maintenance Procedure document to understand how services are obtained by CDOT.
  2. Contact Prime Contractors that have been selected by CDOT to provide reconstruction support in various corridors.
  3. Check the Bidding section of the CDOT website for upcoming and awarded emergency flooding solicitations.
  4. Register for Colorado BIDS to receive notices of CDOT projects. 
  5. Contact Key Individuals and Project Managers in the affected areas (primarily CDOT Region 4) to make them aware of your services and availability.
  6. Contact CDOT Environmental Planners and Managers in the affected areas to see if they need support.
  7. Contact the Regional Civil Rights Manager in the affected areas for more information about potential emergency maintenance needs.
  8. Get Prequalified by CDOT to work as a prime contractor if there are project opportunities you can bid on directly.
If you have questions or need business assistance in order to pursue these opportunities, please contact us via email or call the Connect2DOT Program Manager at (720) 624-6728.

CDOT Creates New Infrastructure Recovery Force to Manage Emergency Flood Repairs


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.
This effort has also resulted in personnel changes within CDOT. Scot Cuthbertson, CDOT Deputy Director, and Johnny Olson, the Regional Transportation Director for Region 4 – Greeley, will manage the task force. Heidi Bimmerle Humphreys will become acting CDOT Deputy Director, while Corey Stewart will become acting RTD for Region 4.

Click here to read the press release from Governor Hickenlooper.

CDOT Proposes 1.26% Overall Annual FTA DBE Goal for FY 2014 - 2016


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

Click here to download a PDF version of the document.

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.
Suite 150
Denver, 80206

CDOT I-25 North Express Lanes & I-70 Tower to Colfax Pre-Bid and Networking Session


CDOT is hosting a joint Pre-Bid Conference and Networking Session for two significant highway construction projects on July 9, 2013: 

I-25 North Express Lanes Project
This highway construction project will be advertised on June 27, 2013 with CDOT opening bids on July 25, 2013. The project is intended to expand the capacity of I-25 by adding one HOV/tolled Express Lanes in each direction between US 36 and 120th Avenue. In addition, the project will resurface the existing lanes along this six-mile stretch. DBE Goal = 10.5%

I-70 Tower Road to Colfax Avenue Construction
This highway construction project will be advertised on June 27, 2013 with CDOT opening bids on August 1, 2013. This project is intended to reconstruct approximately 2.5 miles of I-70 using concrete pavement and replace two bridges over Union Pacific Railroad/Smith Road. DBE Goal = 9.0%

All interested Prime Contractors are required to attend and interested small business subcontractors are encouraged to come meet with primes and find out about construction opportunities on this project.

Click here to learn more about the event and register to attend.

Connect2DOT launches new website


Finally, a one-stop website that provides small businesses with all of the news, information, and resources needed to compete in the Colorado transportation industry. On this site you will find valuable information about how to do business with CDOT and other state and local transportation agencies. Resources have been collected from various sources and organized into one centralized location. These include:

Think of us as your personal "Siri" for all things transportation business related in Colorado. If you can't find it here, let us know and we'll track it down for you and add it to the website. We look forward to providing you with the best and most up-to-date information on the industry that you can find in one place.

CDOT ESB Restricted Project Announced


CDOT is currently soliciting the services of ESB-certified firms to bid on a project in CDOT Region 5 for fencing installation and resetting of existing gates along US 160. You must be certified by CDOT as an Emerging Small Business (ESB) prior to the bid date. Attendance at an ESB Orientation session is mandatory for certification. You must also be prequalified by CDOT as a prime contractor prior to the bid date.

Bids Due: May 2, 2013
Project #: FSA R500-134