Changes within Colorado Department of Transportation Impacting the Construction Industry

By Skip Smith

Recently, there have been several developments within the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) that increase risk to companies that are doing business with CDOT.

  1. CDOT has decreased its number of employees over the last five years, resulting in an increased use of consultants.
  2. The mandatory CDOT dispute resolution process has increasingly failed to resolve disputes.
  3. CDOT made changes to Standard Specification Section 105 on dispute resolution to foreclose a contractor’s right to any legal, equitable, or administrative relief if the contractor did not provide written notice within 20 days of a dispute and work continuously on its resolution.
  4. A lawsuit was recently filed that alleges CDOT improperly attempted to influence a Dispute Review Boards (DRB) chair.

Click HERE to read our full advisory about how these changes may impact your contracts.