About CDOT

Executive Director & Staff

Executive Director Michael P. Lewis

Michael P. Lewis was appointed as the executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in December 2017. He is charged with leading the department in planning for and addressing Colorado's transportation needs.

Lewis oversees 3,300 employees statewide and an annual budget of approximately $1.4 billion, guiding an organization committed to becoming the best department of transportation in the country for its customers.

Prior to this role, he served as CDOT's deputy executive director/chief operating officer since May 2015. Before coming to Colorado, he was the director of Rhode Island's DOT and board member of Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and Rhode Island Public Rail Corporation from March 2008 to February 2015. He began his career with the Massachusetts Department of Public Works (MassDOT) in 1984.

In 1992, he was assigned to Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel Project (The Big Dig), where he served as the project director from 2000 until project completion in 2007.

Lewis is a past president of the American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), former chair of AASHTO's Subcommittee on Construction, and currently chairs the AASHTO Committee of Transportation System Security & Resilience (TSSR). He has also served on Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Executive Committee and the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Executive Oversight Committee. Lewis is a member of the National Academy of Construction (NAC).

He is graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor of science in civil engineering.


Executive Management Team (EMT)

The Executive Management Team members are comprised of office directors, division directors, regional transportation directors (RTDs), the chief engineer, the deputy executive director, and the executive director from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The EMT reports directly to CDOT's executive director. The purpose of the EMT is to focus on high-level policy and strategic issues, as well as business improvement.

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM MEMBERS
 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael P. Lewis 

DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Vacant

CHIEF ENGINEER
Josh Laipply

DIVISION OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Director: Susan Rafferty

DIVISION OF TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT
Director: Debra Perkins-Smith

DIVISION OF ACCOUNTING & FINANCE
Chief Financial Officer: Jeff Sudmeier

OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Director: Herman Stockinger

DIVISION OF AERONAUTICS
Director: David Ulane

PROJECT SUPPORT
Director: Jerad Esquibel

CHIEF OF ADVANCED MOBILITY
& OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Director: Amy Ford

DIVISION OF MOBILITY OPERATIONS
Director: Ryan Rice

DIVISION OF TRANSIT AND RAIL
Director: David Krutsinger

HIGH PERFORMANCE TRANSPORTATION ENTERPRISE
Director: David Spector
DIVISION OF AUDIT
Director: Frank Spinelli
OFFICE OF PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Director: Jane Fisher

OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
Director: Darrell Lingk

DIVISION OF HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE
Director: Kyle Lester

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Director: Chad Ray

CENTRAL 70 PROJECT
Acting Director: Keith Stefanik


REGION TRANSPORTATION DIRECTORS

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CDOT at a Glance
  • * Maintains, repairs and plows over 23,000 total lane miles of highway
  • * Maintains 3,447 bridges
  • * Oversees 28 billion miles of vehicle travel annually
  • * Plows about 6 million lane miles each year
  • * Spends $69 million annually on snow removal
  • * Keeps over 35 mountains passes open year-round
  • * Monitors 278 of 522 avalanche paths
  • * Administers about $11 million in federal grants for transit operators and $41 million in federal aviation grants for airports
  • * Manages over $5 million in federal grants for safe driving programs
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