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Manuals

Title Description
2013 Project Development Manual You cannot buy this manual anymore through the CDOT Bid Plans Office. You can only download them here for free.
2017 Construction Specifications The 2017 Standard Specification Book is mandatory for use on projects advertised after October 1, 2017 but NOT after September 30, 2019.
2018 Field Materials Manual The purpose of this manual is to provide an official guide to CDOT Field forces for the sampling and testing of materials on construction projects and the subsequent documentation.
2019 Field Materials Manual The purpose of this manual is to provide an official guide to CDOT Field forces for the sampling and testing of materials on construction projects and the subsequent documentation.
2020 Field Materials Manual The purpose of this manual is to provide an official guide to CDOT Field forces for the sampling and testing of materials on construction projects and the subsequent documentation.
Alternative Delivery Program (Design-Build and CM/GC)
Bridge Manuals & Documents The CDOT Staff Bridge manuals and documents in alphabetical order by title.
CDOT NEPA Manual Version 6 of the CDOT NEPA Manual was completed in March 2020. Below is a summary table that shows the more substantial updates that were completed between Versions 5 and 6. To save paper and other natural resources, this manual is available exclusively on-line. Files for the full Table of Contents, for each chapter, and for each appendix are available below to download.
CDOT Permanent Water Quality Program Manual
CDOT Utility Manual January 31, 2011. Guidelines for accommodating utilities in the State Highway Rights of Way.
Local Agency Manual 2006 (Revised on July 2020) The main purpose of the CDOT Local Agency Manual is to assist Local Agency personnel (a public agency, local public agency, established public owned organization, or private interest that can legally enter into an agreement with CDOT for a transportation project) involved in the design, construction and management of State and Federally funded projects. The Manual is also recommended for CDOT personnel who manage Local Agency projects.
MS4 Construction Program Manual, Version 1.1
Right of Way The purpose of the CDOT Right of Way Manual is to provide guidance in all phases of acquiring, managing and disposing of real property. It is based on federal and state statutes, rules, policies, and procedures related to the real estate, condemnation, and relocation. The ROW Manual is an online document accessible via the internet. Each chapter and their related documents are posted and maintained on this site independent of each. Updates may be posted at any time.
Survey The purpose of the CDOT Survey Manual is to define the minimum specifications that shall be followed while performing surveys for CDOT in order to secure an optimum degree of statewide uniformity, to establish and maintain survey standards, and to improve the overall efficiency of CDOT’s survey functions. This manual is not intended as a textbook on surveying, rather it provides a reference source for statewide surveying policies, procedures, and information. The Survey Manual is an online document accessible via the internet. Each chapter and their related documents are posted and maintained on this site independent of each. Updates may be posted at any time.
Traffic Manuals & Guidelines
Colorado: The Official State Web Portal