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Featured Improvement of the Week Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

One Facility Map Provides Quick Access to Information: 

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, Dec. 25, 2017

Mapping Our Way to Better Water Quality

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Crews Making Half the Trips with a Front Hitch

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Guardrail Length Calculator Safeguards Length Calculation and Saves Time

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Innovation in the Wings: CDOT Employee Solves Snowplow Visibility Issues

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, Sept. 25, 2017

Using "Kanban" Principles in Trello Helps Organize Resources and Save Time

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, Sept. 11, 2017

Poz-Loc Wedge Puller Improves Repair and Replacement in All Conditions

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, August 28

Guardrail Length Calculator Safeguards Length Calculation and Saves Time

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, Aug. 7, 2017

Cardboard Recycling Apparatus Increases Trash Disposal Efficiency by 200%

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, July 31

Repurposing JOMA Plow Blades for Street Brooms Saves Money, Time and Inventory

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, July 17

Unmanned Aerial Systems Help CDOT Maintenance Crews Be Safer, More Efficient

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, June 12

Excise Tax Disbursements Fly as Aeronautics Division Reduces Process Steps by 90 Percent

CDOT's Aeronautics Division improved the process for providing excise tax disbursements to customers, reducing the number of process steps by 90 percent.

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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, May 29

"Think Before you Print" Campaign to Save CDOT Over $40,000 Annually

CDOT employees Kyle Dilbert, Marci Gray and Gregg Miller led an improvement effort, "Think Before you Print," that will save over $40,000 each year.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, May 22

Improving Analysis of Traffic Data by Employing Lean Principles and "Voice of the Customer

 Burapadecha used Lean principles and practices—including "voice of the customer"—to help improve how CDOT analyzes traffic data.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, May 15

Blowing Away Issues: Recycled Air Packs Assist Drivers

CDOT's Sean Mills innovatively repurposed self-contained breathing apparatuses (SBCA) so that maintenance patrol crew members could use those materials to help motorists.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, May 1

Improving the Functionality and User-Friendliness of Our Lean Everyday Ideas Database

One of CDOT's collegiate interns, Chavirat Burapadecha, significantly improved the functionality and user-friendliness of one of CDOT's frequently used data sources, the Lean Everyday Ideas database.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, April 17

CDOT Highway Sign Shop Increases Productivity By 65 Percent with New Process

A recent improvement to the process for producing highway signs has increased productivity in the CDOT Sign Shop by 65 percent!
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, April 10

Worker Alert System Reduces Risk to CDOT Workers

Brad Bauer, a CDOT maintenance manager in Southeast Colorado, developed and implemented an innovative worker alert system that reduces risk to CDOT maintenance patrol members in highway work zones.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, April 3

Implementation of Situational Awareness System Improves Daily and Emergency Responsiveness

The implementation of CDOT's new situational awareness system has improved CDOT employees' and contractors' access to crucial information about current weather conditions, incident reports, lane closures and traffic camera data. This, in turn, improves CDOT's daily and emergency responsiveness.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, March 27

Automatic Vehicle Location Systems Reduce Paperwork, Improve Early Detection of Problems

Seven employees in CDOT's Northeast Colorado region developed, designed and built an easy-to-use rumble strip carrier that saves thousands of dollars and improves safety.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, March 20

Automatic Vehicle Location Systems Reduce Paperwork, Improve Early Detection of Problems

CDOT's implementation of Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) systems for our heavy fleet and light fleet vehicles has had several benefits, including reduction in paperwork and an improved capability for early detection of problems.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, March 13

Transition to Paperless Transportation Commission Packets Saves $18,000 a Year

As part of the "Paperless CDOT" initiative, the Colorado Transportation Commission now uses electronic, online briefing packets, saving $18,000 annually in printing costs.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, March 6

Improving Revegetation Practices After new Construction Reduces Drainage Issues by 90 Percent

A cross-functional improvement team improved practices for revegetation after new construction, which reduced erosion and drainage issues from 60 percent to just 6 percent of projects—a 90 percent improvement.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, Feb. 27

Hydraulic Pressure Valve Release Innovation Increases Worker and Environmental Safety

Mark Slayton, a heavy equipment operator in the Denver Metro area, developed a hydraulic pressure valve release innovation—a solution that prevents hydraulic fluid from spraying both CDOT workers and the environment when attaching hydraulic equipment to trucks, tractors, graders and other equipment.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, Feb. 20

Avalanche Mitigation Initiative Improves Safety, Reduces Traffic Closure Times and Material Usage

CDOT's Division of Highway Maintenance (DHM) and Division of Project Support (DPS) are partnering to drive innovation in the avalanche mitigation program. This has resulted in an improved avalanche mitigation system that significantly enhances personnel safety while also reducing traffic wait times and material usage.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Tuesday, Feb. 6

Cellphone App Provides Accurate Visual Information 99 Percent Faster than Old Process

CDOT's Brian White used a cellphone app to speed up communications among engineers about existing or potential issues on bridges, resulting in a process that is 99 percent faster than the prior method.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Tuesday, Jan. 30

Slab Lifter Reduces Small Roadway Repair Time by 50 Percent

CDOT's Randy Dobyns developed an improved method for making small roadway repairs that reduces repair time by 50 percent!
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2017

CDOT Saves $12,600 Through Information Technology Cost-Savings Initiative

Rocky Cobb, who works within the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology, proactively worked to find inactive cellphone plans that CDOT was still being billed for. Her efforts saved CDOT $12,600 annually.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2017

Comprensive Map Speeds Up Access to Information

CDOT's Cindy Simpson, who works at CDOT's Southwest Colorado office in Durango, thought there had to be a more efficient way to quickly find contact and location information than looking through multiple documents. Working together with CDOT Geographic Information System Analyst Ted Howard, she created a faster way to access this information: a single, comprehensive regional map.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

Innovative Design-Build Project Achieves Significant Reuse and Recycling of Materials

When CDOT replaced a rapidly deteriorating bridge on US Highway 6 over Garrison Street in Lakewood, it came in 10 percent below its original budget and provided significant environmental benefits.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

Percussion Staple Driver Makes Barbed Wire Fencing Installation 10 Percent Faster

In Region 3, Wagner Kelley developed a percussion staple driver attachment to save time while hanging barbed wire.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

Signpost Wedge Puller Provides Major Safety Advantages

Region 5's Gary Vigil has developed and implemented an improvement for pulling signpost wedges, which significantly increases the safety of this task.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, Aug. 29, 2016

Do You Know About CDOT's Infographics Data Repository?

CDOT now offers a one-stop resource for quickly creating branded infographics about its projects.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Truck-Mounted Fencing Tool Improves Safety, Speeds up Repair

Todd Natale in Region 2 has invented a truck-mounted fencing tool, which enhances safety, improves the effectiveness of the spooling and unspooling process, and provides a cost-efficient solution for maintenance crews.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Tuesday, July 25, 2016

By developing class materials tailored to students, online learning opportunities, a new Project Management Advancement Program and more, CDOT's Transportation Engineering Training Program is helping to make CDOT the best DOT in the country.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Tuesday, July 18, 2016

Organizer Rack Provides More Efficient, Safe Tool Storage

Hope Tomlinson needed a safer and more efficient way to store tools in the rear of a one-ton utility vehicle. So with efficiency and safety inspiring her, she devised a one-ton organizer rack.
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Featured Improvement for the Week of Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Improved drain assembly eliminates deicer spills

An improved drain assembly, developed by Region 3's Gregg Sloan, eliminates deicer spills—thereby saving money and protecting the environment. Learn more...


Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, June 27, 2016

High-Visibility Wrapping Reduces Hazard of Handles on Movable File Cabinets

A simple and quick improvement—wrapping handles on movable file cabinets with orange, high-visibility tape—reduces the likelihood that employees will come in contact with these handles, which in turn reduces the likelihood of injury. Learn more...


Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, June 13, 2016

T-Post Puller Innovation Decreases Cycle Time

Region 2's Todd Natale has designed a T-post (aka, steel fence post) puller that safely handles these structures and makes it easy to repeat them down an entire fence line. Learn more...


Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, June 6, 2016

VMS Trailer: A Packaged Deal Speeds up Communications with Traveling Public

In Region 2, Patrol 27's Edward "Eddie" Eiland, Robert Roscoe, Adam Reis and Arley Garrison have innovated a way to haul and even store all of the barrels and panels needed directly on Variable Message Sign (VMS) trailers to make more efficient use of space for this necessary equipment load. Learn more...


Featured Improvement for the Week of Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Innovation Saves Money and Increases Storage Capacity for Deicers

Zach Junk, a maintenance supervisor in CDOT's northeast region (Region 4), developed and implemented an improvement that saves money and increases storage capacity for deicers while preventing mixing of different types of highway deicers. Learn more...


Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, May 23, 2016

Containment Measure Saves CDOT Thousands and Decreases Major Pollutant Violations by 99%

An environmental containment improvement developed and implemented by April Thomas at CDOT's Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels reduces environmental risk while also saving money. Learn more...


Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, May 16, 2016

Innovative sign holder for delineator posts reduces the cost of government

An innovation developed and implemented by Jason Nichols from CDOT's Southeast Region (Region 2) improves Maintenance Patrol efficiency and reduces costs for the task of installing temporary traffic control signs. Learn more...


Featured Improvement for the Week of Monday, May 9, 2016

Innovation Improves Efficiency of Vehicle Decal Installation by 75 percent

An innovation developed and implemented by the motor pool staff at headquarters reduced the amount of time needed to apply decals to CDOT equipment by 75 percent. Learn more...


Featured Improvement for the week of May 2, 2016

Lean Project Team Improves Maintenance Work Orders

There is good news for CDOT Maintenance and Traffic team members: the new capabilities provided by the DOT1 Work Order Project (part of the Maintenance Work Order Process Improvement Project) are live in the SAP computer system as of Monday, April 25, 2016, increasing the consistency of the work order processes and the accuracy of the data. Learn more...


Featured Improvement for the week of April 25, 2016:

Use of State-of-the-Practice Tool for Designing Roadways Reduces Costs by $15 Million

The use of state-of-the-art software has improved a key process at CDOT, and in turn has dramatically improved the quality of our roads and saved Colorado taxpayers roughly $15 million in material costs – read on for more details!  Additional information is available at: https://www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/use-of-state-of-the-practice-tool-for-designing-roadways-reduces-costs-by-15-million


 

Featured Improvement for the week of April 18, 2016:

Telecommuting Increases Employee Engagement, Productivity and Overall Happiness!
Implementation of a telework program within CDOT's Oversize/Overweight (OS/OW) permitting group has helped to improve engagement, productivity and overall happpiness  Additional information is available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/local-lean/telecommuting-increases-employee-engagement-productivity-and-overall-happiness.


Featured Improvement for the week of April 11, 2016:

ESCAN 2.0: Improving Training Compliance for Contractors, and Decreasing Staff-hours Needed by 80 Percent!
The Erosion and Sediment Control Assessment Notebook (ESCAN), a software application used to track and report compliance on transportation construction projects, has recently been improved. The new 2.0 version results in significant benefits, including an 80% reduction in the effort needed for compliance reporting.  Additional information is available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/escan2-0.html.


Featured Improvement for the week of April 4, 2016:

Portable Arrow Board Sets Up Quickly, Improves Worker Safety
A portable arrow board, developed in CDOT's Northeast Region (Region 4) by Steven Intermill, reduces the need for a vehicle dedicated as an arrow board trailer, thereby reducing the overall number of vehicles needed in a work area while still maintaining a safe highway work zone. Additional information is available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/portable-arrow-board-sets-up-quickly-improves-worker-safety.


Featured Improvement for the week of March 28, 2016:

First in the Country! Implementing TSM&O Evaluations to be the Best!
A new TSM&O Evaluation process was designed and implemented by a cross-functional Lean process improvement project team and is now "live" for the preconstruction phase of all transportation system projects. This new Evaluation process analyzes the underlying causes of crashes and congestion to identify targeted solutions for specific transportation system projects, thereby increasing highway safety while also improving efficiency on those projects. Additional information is available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/lean-case-studies/first-in-the-country-implementing-tsm-o-evaluations-to-be-the-best.


Featured Improvement for the week of March 21, 2016:

New Geo-mapping Database Cuts Reporting time by 85%
A newly-developed geo-mapping database has helped to streamline the process for locating, recording, inspecting, and reporting information related to Permanent Water Treatment Devices. Generating reports -- a task that formerly took 3 days -- is now done in less than 3 hours.  Additional information is available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/new-geo-mapping-database-cuts-reporting-time-by-85.


Featured Improvement for the week of March 14, 2016:

Agile Development Methodology: Enhancing IT Project Management at CDOT
An interative approach to project management for information technology (IT) initiatives -- known as "Agile" -- is being used on projects at CDOT to streamline the development of IT solutions.  Additional information is available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/agile-development-methodology-enhancing-it-project-management-at-cdot.


Featured Improvement for the week of March 7, 2016:

Agile Development Methodology: Enhancing Local Agency Project Delivery (and More!)
The Agile Development Methodology is being used to enhance the development and deployment of information technology (IT) projects at CDOT, including improvements that have positively impacted Local Agency Project Delivery at CDOT.  Additional information is available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/agile-development-methodology-enhancing-it-project-management-at-cdot.


Featured Improvement for the week of February 29, 2016:

COOPR: Major Enhancement for Customers For Oversize/Overweight Permitting
The implementation of the Colorado Oversize Overweight Permitting and Routing system -- known as "COOPR" -- has helped to increase the number of permits issued by 20% while reducing processing time by an average of 50%. Plus, it provides the new convenience of self-issue permits for some Oversize / Overweight Permit customers. Additional information is available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/coopr-major-enhancement-for-customers-for-oversize-overweight-permitting.


Featured Improvement for the week of February 22, 2016:

V-box grab handle improves personnel safety
Gerry McFarland, from CDOT's Southeast Region (Region 2), developed and implemented a grab handle which improves personnel safety when accessing a V-box. Additional information is available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/v-box-grab-handle-improves-personnel-safety.


Featured Improvement for the week of February 16, 2016:

Loader Bull Plow Legs Improve Stability, Efficiency
Jay Unrein, Kevin Weingardt and Jim Krager from CDOT’s Northeast Region (Region 4) developed an innovation -- loader bull plow legs -- to improve efficiency and safety for the task of connecting (or disconnecting) the bull plow from a truck. Additional information is available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/loader-bull-plow-legs-improve-stability-efficiency.


Featured Improvement for the week of February 8, 2016:

Alignment Tool Improves Safety for Repairing Guardrail
Drew McFarland and Chad Wood from CDOT's Southwest Region (Region 5) developed and implemented an alignment tool which improves safety when repairing guardrail. Additional information is available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/alignment-tool-improves-safety-for-repairing-guardrail.


Featured Improvement for the week of February 1, 2016:

Accounting and Finance Reduces Paper Usage by 90,000 Sheets Annually
Sarah Winter, an Accountant in CDOT's Division of Accounting and Finance (DAF), led an initiative that decreases paper usage within DAF by 90,000 sheets annually. And, this initiative has also reduced costs, improved process efficiency and enhanced customer service. Additional information is available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/accounting-and-finance-reduces-paper-usage-by-90-000-sheets-annually.


Featured Improvement for the week of January 25, 2016:

Adapting the Principles of Lean Business Management to Construction
The Neenan Company -- a contractor to CDOT -- has used the principles and practices Lean in the construction of facilities for CDOT's Northeast Region (Region 4), including the new Region 4 Headquarters building in Greeley. This "Lean Construction" approach allowed Neenan to identify cost savings and shorten schedules during the construction process. Additional information is available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/lean-case-studies/adapting-the-principles-of-lean-business-management-to-construction.


Featured Improvement for the week of January 19, 2016:

Protection for Maintenance Crews Using the McCracken Avalauncher Improves Safety
Les Walton, from CDOT’s Central/Metro Region (Region 1), developed several changes to the process for using the McCracken Avalauncher System which result in improved safety and protection for the Maintenance Patrol members using this device. Additional information available at: https://www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/protection-for-maintenance-crews-using-the-mccracken-avalauncher-improves-safety.


Featured Improvement for the week of January 11, 2016:

Spooling Barbed Wire Faster and Safer
Working on barbed wire fencing just got a whole lot easier now that a team of Region 2 Maintenance Crew members has developed and deployed an improved barbed wire spooling tool. Additional information available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/spooling-barbed-wire-faster-and-safer.


Featured Improvement for the week of January 4, 2016:

Lever Puller Reduces Time Needed to Pull Posts
An innovation developed in CDOT's Northeast Region (Region 4) --  the lever post puller -- reduceds the amount of time that CDOT Maintenance Patrol personnel need when removing various kinds of posts from the ground on Colorado highways. Additional information available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/lever-puller-reduces-time-needed-to-pull-posts.

Featured Improvement for the week of December 28, 2015:

Ladder Access Bar Leads to Safer, Quicker Bridge Inspections
An improved method for accessing box girders -- a ladder access bar -- improves safety for inspecting bridges, and also improves efficiency for those inspection tasks.   Additional information available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/ladder-access-bar-leads-to-safer-quicker-bridge-inspections.


Featured Improvement for the week of December 21, 2015:

Ladder Access Bar Leads to Safer, Quicker Bridge Inspections
An improved method for accessing box girders -- a ladder access bar -- improves safety for inspecting bridges, and also improves efficiency for those inspection tasks.   Additional information available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/ladder-access-bar-leads-to-safer-quicker-bridge-inspections.


Featured Improvement for the week of December 14, 2015:

Rollers Improves Safety, Efficiency When Lowering Snow Plow Legs
Innovative hitch plow rollers have been developed to improve lowering of snow plow legs. These rollers are permanently installed on Husting-type hitches to prevent the plow legs from binding during lowering, improving safety and efficiency. Additional information available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/rollers-improves-safety-efficiency-when-lowering-snow-plow-legs.


Featured Improvement for the week of December 7, 2015:

Supports for Elgin Pelican Sweeper Hopper Improve Safety
Maintenance Patrol members in CDOT's Metro/Central Region (Region 1) developed supports for the Elgin Pelican Sweeper Hopper which improve personnel safety when cleaning the hopper. Additional information available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/elgin-pelican-sweeper-hopper.


Featured Improvement for the week of November 30, 2015:

Ladder Stabilizer Improves Safety for Highway Sign Post Repairs
Maintenance Patrol members from CDOT's Southeast Region (Region 2) developed an innovation that stabilizes a ladder when leaning it on a post to make repairs to a highway sign, which improves safety. Additional information available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/ladder-stabilizer-improves-safety-for-sign-post-repairs.


Featured Improvement for the week of November 23, 2015:

Truck Tarp Shield Reduces Likelihood of Rusting, Improves Equipment Life
Sand, salt, dirt and other debris often gets caught between the tarp housing and the “headache rack” on CDOT trucks. If unchecked, this can lead to longer-term issues such as rusting. To prevent those problems, Maintenance Patrol members in CDOT's Southwest Region (Region 5) developed a shield to put on top of the tarps, to prevent sand and dirt from getting caught between the tarp housing and headache rack on the truck, which reduces the likelihood of rusting and improves equipment life. Additional information available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/truck-tarp-shield-reduces-likelihood-of-rusting-improves-equipment-life.


Featured Improvement for the week of November 16, 2015:

Uniform Relocation Assistance Process Improved, Benefiting Small Businesses
Utilizing Lean process improvement principle, the Uniform Relocation Assistance process was improved, including the repeal of some non-value-add rules, which in turn made the process more understandable to small businesses. Additional information available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/local-lean/a-tale-of-two-rules.html.


Featured Improvement for the week of November 9, 2015:

Electronic Troubleshooting Kits Improve Efficiency
Electronic troubleshooting kits have been developed and implemented for maintaining CDOT's Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network. These kits -- developed utilizing the Lean principle of standard work -- reduce the time and effort need for ITS maintenance tasks. Additional information available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/electronic-troubleshooting-kits-improve-efficiency.


Featured Improvement for the week of November 2, 2015:

Video Featuring Several Lean Everyday Ideas
During the September 24, 2015 On-Air Chat video teleconference with CDOT's Excecutive Director Shailen Bhatt, a 4-minute video showing several different Lean Everyday Ideas was featured. This video is now available at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=elHiQz2vanc&feature=youtu.be.


Featured Improvement for the week of October 26, 2015:

Innovative Truck Sign Holder Improves Safety, Speeds Up Bridge Inspections
An innovative sign holder for trucks improves safety and helps to reduce the amount of time needed to perform inspections of highway bridges. More details are available at:www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/truck-sign-holder-improves-safety-speeds-up-bridge-inspections.


Featured Improvement for the week of October 19, 2015:

SWIFT Standardizes Conservation Measures, Improves Process for Protecting Endangered Species
SWIFT – the Statewide Impact Findings Tables (SWIFT) for Threatened and Endangered Species -- is a joint effort involving CDOT and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for improving the process for protecting federally listed endangered species in Colorado.  When fully implemented, the improvements made through SWIFT -- including the application of the Lean principle of “standard work” -- will also save CDOT hundreds of hours of report writing and tens of thousands of dollars of consulting fees every year. More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/local-lean/swift-standardizes-conservation-measures-improves-process-for-protecting-endangered-species.


Featured Improvement for the week of October 13, 2015:

Central Contracts Review Process Streamlined to Eliminate Steps, Reduce Turnaround Time
The Central Contracts Review Process was streamlined to eliminate 23 low-value-add steps (a reduction of almost 50%). Doing this made the process less complex and improved the integrity and consistency of the process. Additionally, the turn-around time for a contract was reduced from an average of approximately 5 days to an average of approximately 3 days. www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/local-lean/central-contracts-review-process-streamlined-to-eliminate-steps-reduce-turnaround-time.


Featured Improvement for the week of October 5, 2015:

Innovative Holder Improves Efficiency When Storing Alamo Pumps
An innovative holder designed in CDOT's Northeast Region (Region 4) improves how Alamo hydraulic pumps are handled and stored. This innovation makes it possible for one person to detact these pumps from the tractor, which was previously a two-person task. More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/innovative-holder-improves-efficiency-of-storing-alamo-pumps


Featured Improvement for the week of September 28, 2015:

Bobcat Blade for Asphalt Improves Efficiency by 88%
An innovation from CDOT's Northeast Region (Region 4) improves the process for laying asphalt on roadways, enhancing efficiency on this task by 88%. More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/bobcat-blade-for-asphalt-improves-efficiency-by-88.


Featured Improvement for the week of September 21, 2015:

Improvement Project Simplifies Web-based Document Management"
The Web Sysetems Governance Improvement Project simplied CDOT's web-based document management by standardizing the usage of Sharepoint and related web-based tools; results include a 60% reduction of web applications and a 62% reduction in the number of Sharepoint content databases. More details are available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/lean-case-studies/lean-process-regional-sharepoint-governance.


Featured Improvement for the week of September 14, 2015:

Loader Spring Uses Visual Cues to Keep Workers Out of Unsafe Areas
Bright red safety springs have been added at each of the articulation points of certain types of heavy road equipment, including loaders. This innovation, employing the Lean principle of visual cues, improves safety by preventing accidental entry at these articulation points during equipment operation. More details are available at:   www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/loader-spring-uses-visual-cues-to-keep-workers-out-of-unsafe-areas.


Featured Improvement for the week of September 8, 2015:

Joint CDOT / DPA Improvement Effort Provides Help for First Responders
CDOT has partnered with the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA) to improve the assistance we provide to first responders in Colorado.  More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/local-lean/joint-cdot-dpa-improvement-effort-provides-help-for-first-responders.


Featured Improvement for the week of August 31, 2015:

Tailgate Cart Innovation Improves Safety, Efficiency
An innovation from Region 4 make it easier and safer to remove truck tailgates, to allow installation of winter maintenance equipment on maintenance trucks. More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/tailgate-cart-innovation-improves-safety-efficiency.


Featured Improvement for the week of August 24, 2015:

Slide Post Pounder Makes Job Easier and Safer
An innovation from CDOT's Northest Region (Region 4) --  the Slide Post Pounder -- improves efficiency and safety when installing posts in the highway right-of-way. More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/slide-post-pounder-makes-job-easier-more-efficient.


Featured Improvement for the week of August 17, 2015:

Rock Net Innovation Improves Safety, Efficiency for Moving Large Rocks from Roadway
An innovation from CDOT's Southwest Region (Region 5), the Rock Net, reduces risk and improves efficiency when Maintenance Patrols need to remove large rocks from roadways in Colorado's mountains. More details are available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/201crock-net201d-improves-safety-efficiency-for-moving-large-rocks-from-roadway.


Featured Improvement for the week of August 10, 2015:

Guardrail Pulling Tool Improves Safety, Saves Time
An innovative tool developed in CDOT's Northeast Region (Region 4) improves personnel safety when pulling guardrail posts. And, this new method is also takes 50% less time to accomplish the task.  More details are available at:   www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/guardrail-pulling-tool-improves-safety-saves-time.


Featured Improvement for the week of August 3, 2015:

Clutch Pedal Holder Improves Job Efficiency by 50%
An innovative clutch pedal holder improves efficiency by 50% for truck engine repair and maintenance tasks which require depressing the engine's clutch. More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/clutch-pedal-holder-improves-job-efficiency-by-50.


Featured Improvement for the week of July 27, 2015:

Delineator Bridge Mount Bracket Improves Highway Safety and Saves Money
Maintenance Patrol members in CDOT's Northwest Region (Region 3) have developed and implemented an innovative swinging-mount bracket for highway delineators mounted on bridges. This innovation protects the travelling public: if a vehicle hits a delineator that is mounted with this bracket, the delineator would not be a danger to the vehicle (and the people inside), since the delineator simply swings out of the way.

Additionally, this innovation reduces the cost of government, since bridge-mounted delineators will be damaged or destroyed less often. More details are available at:www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday -lean-innovations-ideas/delineator-bridge-mount-bracket-improves-highway-safety-and-saves-money.


Featured Improvement for the week of July 20, 2015:

Highway Closure Gate Innovation Improves Safety, Reduces Costs
An innovation from CDOT's Metro/Central Region (Region 1) improves safety and reduces costs when CDOT raises and lowers gates on highways for road closure operations during heavy snow storms. More details are available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/highway-closure-gate-innovation-improves-safety-reduces-costs.


Featured Improvement for the week of July 13, 2015:

Improving Safety and Efficiency When Raising Highway Signs 
An innovation from CDOT's Northeast Region (Region 4) improves safety and efficiency when Maintenance Patrols need to lower or raise highway signs. More details are available at:www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/improving-safety-and-efficiency-when-raising-highway-signs


Featured Improvement for the week of July 6, 2015:

Painted Lines Improve Safety When Backing Trucks 
Region 4 has developed and implemented a safer method for backing trucks into Maintenance facilities, using the principles of "mistake-proofing". More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/painted-lines-improve-safety-when-backing-trucks.


Featured Improvement for the week of June 29, 2015:

Switching Printer Cartridges Saves Big
An implemented Lean Everyday Idea to improve procurement of printer cartridges saves over $4,000 annually in the CDOT Division of Audit . More details are available at www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/switching-printer-cartridges-saves-big.


Featured Improvement for the week of June 22, 2015:

Invention Pipeline from Monument Patrol
The highway maintenance patrol based in Monument has developed several safety- and efficiency-improvement innovations, including 1) an anti-theft box, 2) a highway debris removal device, 3) a guardrail post roll-up sign stand,  4)  a tire chain sliding storage bar, and 5) a chain protector for concretre barrier installation. More details are available at:www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/invention-pipeline-from-monument-patrol.


Featured Improvement for the week of June 15, 2015:

Truck Skirt Improves Spreading of Sand and Salt, Reduces Damage to Nearby Vehicles
An innovative sander belting "skirt" allows allows better control of the placement of salt or sand on highways, and also improves highway safety by reducing the likelihood of damage to nearby vehicles during sanding operations. More details are available at:www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/truck-skirt-improves-spreading-of-sand-and-salt-reduces-damage-to-nearby-vehicles.


Featured Improvement for the week of June 8, 2015:

Template improves efficiency, quality when drilling holes to install highway signs
A template for drilling holes in highway signs, developed in CDOT's Northeast Region (Region 4), improves efficiency and quality compared to the prior method. More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/template-improves-efficiency-quality-when-drilling-holes-to-install-signs.


Featured Improvement for the week of June 1, 2015:

Installing Corbels Made Safer, Faster Through Use of Lightweight Template
A lightweight 10-pound template, developed in Region 4, makes it easier and safer to mark the sites for installing heavy (200-pound) steel corbels. More details are available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/installing-corbels-made-safer-faster-through-use-of-lightweight-template


Featured Improvement for the week of May 26, 2015:

Using 6S to Organize for Success
The Materials and Traffic groups at CDOT's Bookcliff facility in Grand Junction are using the Lean "6"S methodology to organize their work space to make it more efficient and worker-friendly! More details are available at www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/process-improvement-news/using-6s-to-organize-for-success


Featured Improvement for the week of May 18, 2015:

Innovative Use of Roll-Bar Padding Improves Head and Body Protection
The Alamosa Heavy Equipment Repair Shop is using roll-bar material in an innovative way: to cover sharp edges on the undercarriages of pieces of heavy equipment while they are in the Shop for repair or routine maintenance. The use of this padding significantly reduces the likelihood of head and body injuries during repair operations. More details are available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/innovative-use-of-roll-bar-padding-improves-head-and-body-protection.


Featured Improvement for the week of May 11, 2015:

Joint Extraction Innovation Improves Safety, Is Up To 87% Faster
Region 3 has developed and deployed an innovation for joint extraction on Colorado highways. This innovation improves safety. Additionally, the use of this tool can make this task up to 87% faster (versus the prior method! More details are available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/innovating-for-safer-faster-joint-extraction.


Featured Improvement for the week of May 4, 2015:

Chip Seal Tabbing Tool Innovation Improves Safety and Crew Efficiency
An innovative chip seal tabbing tool, developed in Region 5, improves crew efficiency by allowing one person to place tabs during chip sealing -- a task that formerly needed 2 or 3 people. And, more importantly, the use of this tool improves safety when performing this task. More details are available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/chip-seal-tabbing-tool.


Featured Improvement for the week of April 27, 2015:

Enhanced Stormwater Runoff Treatment Program Improves Effectiveness and Efficiency
A joint effort between CDOT and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) allows CDOT to treat stormwater runoff from roadways more effectively while simultaneously reducing costs. More details are available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/local-lean/enhanced-stormwater-runoff-treatment-program-improves-effectiveness-and-efficiency.


Featured Improvement for the week of April 20, 2015:

Inventive tool improves safety for pulling damaged guardrail posts
A new tool -- developed jointly by two Maintenance Patrols in CDOT's Southeast Region (Region 2) -- makes it easier to pull guardrail posts when they are damaged and need to be replaced. And, even more importantly, the use of this device is also safer than the prior method for pulling damaged posts. More details are available at www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/inventive-tool-improves-safety-for-pulling-damaged-guardrail-posts


Featured Improvement for the week of April 13, 2015:

Access to ROW Plans Significantly Improved Through Implementation of ProjectWise
Access to CDOT Right-of-Way (ROW) plans has been improved significantly through a pair of related improvement efforts: 1) the implementation of ProjectWise, and 2) a concerted effort to scan and catalogue decades of paper-based ROW information into the ProjectWise database. More details are available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/access-to-row-plans-significantly-improved-through-implementation-of-projectwise.


Featured Improvement for the week of April 6, 2015:

Tool Holder for L90 Loader Improves Patrol Efficiency
A member of the Skull Creek Maintenance Patrol in Region 3 has developed and implemented an innovative tool holder for Volvo L90 Loaders. This innovation -- which securely holds shovels, temporary signs and other tools that are often needed for highway maintenance tasks when the L90 Loader is used -- improves Patrol efficiency.  More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/tool-holder-for-l90-loader-improves-patrol-efficiency.


Featured Improvement for the week of March 30, 2015:

Innovation for Highway Debris Removal Improves Safety and Efficiency
Maintenance Patrol 2408 developed and implemented an innovation -- adding plow sides (guards) to an existing plow -- that enables a plow to be transformed into a mobile debris-removal device. This innovation makes it easier, faster and safer for Maintenance Patrols to pick up debris from highways. More available at: https://www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/innovation-for-highway-debris-removal-improves-safety-and-efficiency


Featured Improvement for the week of March 23rd, 2015:

ROW "Value Findings" Method Saves $3.4 Million, Improves Efficiency
The use of "Value Findings" -- an alternative method for determining fair market value for some types of property that CDOT must acquire for project right of way (ROW) -- has improved efficiency and produced benefits for the citizens of Colorado. Savings from the use of Value Findings total to approximately $4.3 million over the past 6 years. More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/local-lean/row-201cvalue-findings201d-save-3-4-million-improve-efficiency


Featured Improvement for the week of March 17, 2015:

Innovative Use of Google Forms Improves Efficiency by $2,000 Annually
An innovative use of Google Forms' survey capability has led to an improvement of a data-collection process, decreasing the manual work in that process by 75% -- the equivalent annual savings of approximately $2,000 of staff time.  More details are available at:  www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/innovative-use-of-google-forms-improves-efficiency-by-2-000-annually.


Featured Improvement for the week of March 9, 2015:

Improved Project Milestone Report Saves Time, Enhances Ease of Tracking Changes
Improvements in the method for tracking milestones for transportation system projects has made it easier to track changes to the plans for these projects. Additionally, these improvements reduce the amount of time and effort needed to create meaningful and useful milestone  tracking reports.  More details are available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/improved-project-milestone-report-saves-times-enhances-ease-of-tracking-changes.


Featured Improvement for the Week of March 2, 2015:

Visual Management of Keys Removes Confusion & Saves Time
Implementation of “visual management” – a useful Lean process improvement method --  can improve the flow of information and allow quick recognition of the information being communicated. A recent innovation used Visual Management to improve how equipment keys are managed, which has resulted in less confusion and improved efficiency. More details are available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/visual-management-of-keys-removes-confusion-saves-time.


Featured Improvement for the Week of February 23, 2015:

Streamlined Environmental Template Saves Time, Reduces Costs
CDOT and FHWA's Colorado Division have partnered to develop an improved Environmental Assessment (EA) Template, which has saved a significant amount of time – and money – for some CDOT transportation projects. More details are available atwww.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/process-improvement-news/environmental-templates-big-step-forward.


Featured Improvement for the Week of February 16, 2015:

Streamlining of Heavy Equipment Replacement Process Improves Efficiency, Reduces Time
CDOT's cross-functional Heavy Equipment Procurement Process Improvement Project has significantly reduced the time needed to replace heavy equipment.  More details at www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/process-improvement-news/strong-work-in-big-equipment-replacement-process.


Featured Improvement for the Week of February 9, 2015:

Street Sweeper Sign Stand Holders Allows Easy Access and Saves Time
An innovative sign stand holder built for CDOT street sweepers allows for faster and easier access to sweeping sign stands. More details available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/street-sweeper-sign-stand-holders-allows-easy-access-and-saves-time.


Featured Improvement for the Week of February 2, 2015:

Water Spray Unit Makes Delineation Washing Easier, More Effective
An innovative spray washer -- which replaces a previous brush-and-bucket method -- makes cleaning of highway delineators easier and more effective. More details available at: www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/water-spray-unit-makes-delineation-washing-easier-more-effective.


Featured Improvement for the Week of January 26, 2015:

Improved Air Lift Exhaust Line Reduces Noise, Improves Personnel Safety
Improvements developed and implemented at the CDOT Headquarters motor pool facility for the air lift exhaust line have significantly improved personnel safety by reducing the risk of noise-related hearing injury for motor pool personnel. More details available at: https://www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/improved-air-lift-exhaust-line-reduces-noise-improves-personnel-safety.


Featured Improvement for the Week of January 20, 2015:

National Recognition for Access Permits Improvement Project
In late 2011, a Lean process improvement project started to improve State Highway Access Permitting. As a result, access permits are now issued 38% faster than in 2011, significantly improving service to access permits customers. This Project Team been invited to present live at the World Conference of Quality and Improvement to be held in Nashville, TN, May 4-6, 2015, as part of the International Team Excellence Awards.  More details available at:  https://www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/process-improvement-news/national-recognition-for-access-permits-effort and www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/lean-case-studies/access-permitting.html


Featured Improvement for the Week of January 12, 2015:

Implementation of Electronic Audit Work Papers Improves Effectiveness, Efficiency
The implementaiton of electronic audit working papers has improved the audit process by reducing the amount of paper per audit, increasing collaboration, and increasing transparency.  And, the efficiency of the Audit Division has been increased by an estimated 25% due to this implementation. More details available at:https://www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/implementation-of-electronic-audit-work-papers-improves-effectiveness-efficiency.


Featured Improvement for Week of January 5, 2015:

Salt Brine Deicer Innovation Saves $394,030, Protects Environment
Development and implementation of an innovative salt brine-making system in 2012 has saved over $300,000 per year, and is also better for the environment than magnesium-based deicers. More details available at:  www.codot.gov/news/2012-news-releases/01-2012/cdots-southwest-maintenance-team-wins-2012-environmental-award

Featured Improvement for Week of December 29, 2014:

Recycled Support Arms Improve Roll-up Signs, Reduces Costs
By utilizing support beams from old highway signs that can no longer be used, new temporary highway signs are able to be placed more securely, reducing costs. More details available at:  http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/recycled-support-arms-improve-roll-up-signs-reduces-costs


Featured Improvement for Week of December 22, 2014:

New Method For Luba-Sealing Sanders is Three Times Faster
A newly-implemented method for luba-sealing sander equipment is three times faster than the prior method, and also reduces the amount of material needed to perform this taks.  More details available at:  http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/use-of-latex-paint-spray-gun-for-lubra-seal-sanders-saves-material-and-is-three-times-faster.

Featured Improvement for Week of December 15, 2014:

Improvements Result in Faster Land Acquisition Approvals
Streamlining of the Land Acquisition Approval Process resulted in two fewer sign-offs for many acquisitions, which reduces the processing time by one week for most requests.  More details available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/local-lean/faster-land-acquisition-approvals

 


Featured Improvement for Week of December 8, 2014:

Skid Loader Blade Improves Safety, Efficiency When Clearing Debris Under Fencing
A skid loader attachment was developed which is designed to remove debris from underneath fencing without removing or replacing any part of the fence. This innovation provides a significant savings in time for a Maintenance Patrol to remove debris from underneath fencing along Colorado highways.  More details available at:  http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/skid-loader-blade-improves-safety-efficiency-when-clearing-debris-under-fencing.

 


Featured Improvement for Week of December 2, 2014:

From Days to Just Minutes: Improved FFATA Reporting Saves Over $11,000 Annually
Streamlining of CDOT's process for reporting related to requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) have saved over $11,000 annually in CDOT personnel costs. More details available at:  www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/from-days-to-just-minutes-improved-ffata-reporting-saves-over-11-000-annually.

 


Featured Improvement for Week of November 24, 2014:

Maintenance Training Academy Goes Paperless, Saves $20,000 Annually
All curriculum and training programs at CDOT’s Maintenance Training Academy (MTA) are now provided to CDOT employees via the Academy’s SharePoint collaboration site, saving $20,000 annually in printing costs. More details available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/innovative-dolly-to-transport-guardrail-improves-efficiency-safety.

 


Featured Improvement for Week of November 17, 2014:

Innovative dolly to transport guardrail improves efficiency and safety
An innovative dolly /trailer was developed specifically to aid Maintenance Patrols as they transport guardrail. This improves the efficiency of transporting guardrail, and safeguards workers and the public, too, since it provides a more secure way for this transport.  More details available at: 
http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/innovative-dolly-to-transport-guardrail-improves-efficiency-safety

 


Featured Improvement for Week of November 10, 2014:

Innovative shouldering attachment improves efficiency, quality for grading operations
An innovative grader attachment and a new shoulder-grading method allows CDOT Maintenance Patrols to wheel-pack most of a freshly-graded area simply by articulating the grader and using the rear wheels. This improvement provides a higher-quality, more uniform shouldering line, and also improves efficiency in the use of the shoulder grading material.  More details available at: 
http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/innovative-shouldering-attachment-improves-efficiency-quality-for-grading-operations

 


Featured Improvement for Week of November 3, 2014:

Web-based processing application for Highway User Tax Fund improves staff efficiency by $46,000 yearly
“WebHUT Backed” -- a web-based computer application developed by an Improvement Team from CDOT and the Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT)  -- results in savings of staff time that is equivalent to approximately $46,000 each year. More details available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/web-based-processing-application-for-highway-user-tax-fund-improves-staff-efficiency-by-46-000-yearly

 


Featured Improvement for Week of October 27, 2014:

Streamlining State Highway Access Permitting
Streamlining the process for issuing Access Permits has reduced the number of permit application reviews and approval steps. Additionally, an enhancement to our website:http://www.coloradodot.info/business/permits/accesspermits/access-permits-tracking.html... allows a customer to track the exact status of each and every permit application.  More details are available at:http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/lean-case-studies/access-permitting.html.

 


Featured Improvement for Week of October 20, 2014:

Tumbleweed Destroyer Saves Time with Tumbleweed Fence Removal
An innovative tool, the Tumbleweed Destroyer, makes it easier and faster for CDOT Maintenance Patrols to remove tumbleweeds from highway rights-of-way.  More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/tumbleweed-destroyer-saves-time-with-tumbleweed-fence-removal

 


Featured Improvement for Week of October 14, 2014:

Waiting Times Reduced by 50% for Employee Separation Process
When an employee separates from CDOT employment for whatever reason, a series of administrative procedures is triggered. An Project Team within the Division of Administrative Services (DAS) improved this process, resulting in a 50% reduction in waiting times. More details are available at:
http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/local-lean/improving-employee-separation-process

 


Featured Improvement for Week of October 6, 2014:

Asphalt Hotbox Improves Ease of Use for Asphalt Repairs
An innovative hotbox keeps asphalt mix warm and also keeps it at a spreadable temperature, which improves the ease of use. This innovation also saves money by reducing the likelihood of losing useful asphalt due to cooling and hardening. More details are available at:http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/asphalt-hotbox-improves-ease-of-use-for-asphalt-repairs.

 


Featured Improvement for Week of September 29, 2014:

Customer Experience Process Keeps Moving On"
The Customer Experience process improvement project that began in February 2014 to develop a strategy for improving customer experience for external CDOT customers continues to make progress, focused on delivering an easily accessible customer experience that includes accurate and prompt responses to customers and provides a one-stop, personalized point of contact. More details are available at:  http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/process-improvement-news/customer-experience-process-keeps-moving-on.

 


Featured Improvement for Week of September 22, 2014:

Google Hangout Reduces Need to Travel to Meetings, Lowering the Cost of Government
Implementation of “Google Hangout”, a video teleconferencing application, allows CDOT employees to have virtual face-to-face meetings, which reduces the need to travel to other CDOT locations for some types of in-person meetings.  More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/google-hangout-reduces-need-to-travel-to-meetings-lowering-the-cost-of-government

This successful effort is featured in the "Digital States Survey 2014", as part of the Survey's findings that “Colorado’s transportation information technology initiatives were forward-thinking, innovative, and effective":  http://cdn.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=GovHickenlooper%2FCBONLayout&cid=1251656578005&pagename=CBONWrapper

 


Featured Improvement for Week of September 15, 2014:

Improvements for Harvesting Native Grasses on Highway Rights of Way
Elimination of several burdensome regulations in CDOT’s “Harvesting Native Grasses on Highway Rights of Way”program has made application for permits to harvest and bale hay on adjacent rights of way much more understandable, practical, and cost-feasible for landowners.  More details are available at:http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/local-lean/a-tale-of-two-rules.html

This successful effort is featured on pages 34-35 of the August 2014 report entitled: "Pits and Peeves 2.0, Progress in Motion Report -- Cutting Red Tape in Government: “Making government more efficient, effective and elegant”, which is available here: https://docs.google.com/a/state.co.us/file/d/0B8bNvcf083ydRDRiUE5NQUlYWHVYZU9ETnU1TWtZRDdiRDRv/edit

 


Featured Improvement for Week of September 9, 2014:

Electronic Purchase Orders Saving Time, Reducing the Cost of Government
The implementation of Electronic Purchase Orders has simplified and streamlined the purchasing process at CDOT. Electronic Purchase Orders now encompass 83% of purchase orders valued between $5,000 and $10,000.  This effort, which eliminates, in many cases, the need for printed copies and signed documents, saves time and money.   More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/electronic-purchase-orders-saving-time-reducing-the-cost-of-government

The successful effort is featured on page 16 of the August 2014 report entitled: "Pits and Peeves 2.0, Progress in Motion Report -- Cutting Red Tape in Government: “Making government more efficient, effective and elegant”, which is available here: https://docs.google.com/a/state.co.us/file/d/0B8bNvcf083ydRDRiUE5NQUlYWHVYZU9ETnU1TWtZRDdiRDRv/edit

 


Featured Improvement for Week of September 2, 2014:

CDOT partners with DORA to improve appraisal licensing for Right-of-Way (ROW) agents
CDOT partnered with the Division of Real Estate (DRE) within the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to clarify the requirement of appraisal license law as it applies to Right-of-Way (ROW) Agents. After a review, DORA concluded that CDOT staff would NOT need to obtain these licenses, thereby reducing workload on CDOT ROW staff (and saving the cost of this licensing procedure). More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/local-lean/cdot-and-dora-partner-to-improve-appraisal-licensing-for-right-of-way-row-agents

The success of this partnership is featured on page 18 of the August 2014 report entitled: "Pits and Peeves 2.0, Progress in Motion Report -- Cutting Red Tape in Government: “Making government more efficient, effective and elegant”, which is available here:  https://docs.google.com/a/state.co.us/file/d/0B8bNvcf083ydRDRiUE5NQUlYWHVYZU9ETnU1TWtZRDdiRDRv/edit

 


Featured Improvement for Week of August 25, 2014:

Standard tool for delineator repairs improves safety and efficiency
An innovative standardized tool for making repairs to damaged highway delineators -- the Delineator Straightener -- improves safety for CDOT Maintenance Patrol personnel. Additionally, it is more efficient than the former method, saving approximately $2,500 per Region per year in staff time. It also reduces the need for replacing damaged delineators . More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/figuring-out-safer-delineation-repairs

 


Featured Improvement for Week of August 18, 2014:

Error-proofed deicer valve assembly protects environment, saves money
An innovative valve assembly developed in CDOT Southwest Region (Region 5) allows liquid deicers to be transferred from a bulk tank to a truck-mounted spray unit without spillage and, consequently, without waste. This saves money and protects the environment. More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/error-proofed-deicer-valve-assembly-protects-environment-saves-money

 


Featured Improvement for Week of August 11, 2014:

5S Process Leads to Clean Work Areas in CDOT's Region 3
The Traffic & Safety Section in Region 3 used Lean's "5S" method to organize their work space to make it more efficient and worker-friendly. More details available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/local-lean/5s-process-leads-to-clean-work-areas-in-cdot-s-region-3

 


Featured Improvement for Week of August 4, 2014:

Payroll system changes improve efficiency for answering questions by 50%
A recent improvement to the CDOT payroll system makes it easier for CDOT employee to review their history of pay. This improved reporting reduces the number of calls to the Payroll Unit; it also reduces the amount of time by 50% that the Payroll Unit spends to research payroll-related questions. More details are available at:http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/payroll-system-changes-improve-efficiency-for-answering-questions-by-50

 


Featured Improvement for Week of July 28, 2014:

Innovative Holder Improves Safety, Efficiency For Placing Safety Cones on Highways
Placing orange safety cones along CDOT’s highway work zones is task that Maintenance Patrol members perform to make work zones safer. The task of placing these cones, often done very close to high-speed traffic, can sometimes be a hazardous task itself. A Maintenance Patrol member developed an innovative cone holder that make the task of placing these safety cones much safer and more efficient. More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/holder-improves-safety-efficiency-for-placing-safety-cones-on-highways

 


Featured Improvement for Week of July 21, 2014:

Milestone data entry process improved, saves $400,000 of time for Project Managers
CDOT’s “Milestone Data Entry and Tracking Project” has streamlined data entry for managers of transportation system projects. This has saved over 10,000 hours of data input time annually -- the equivalent of approximately $400,000 annually of Project Manager effort.More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/milestone-data-entry-improved-saves-400-000-of-time-for-project-managers

 


Featured Improvement for Week of July 14, 2014:

Local Agency Project Delivery improved, significantly reducing the number of financially-inactive Local Agency projects
Improvements to the Local Agency Project Delivery process have reduced the time needed for a Local Agency to access crucial project information. Due to this, the number of financially-inactiveLocal Agency projects has decreased significantly. More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/lean-case-studies/local-agency-project-delivery-lapd

 


Featured Improvement for Week of July 7, 2014:

Cable guardrail spreader tool improves efficiency and safety
An innovative cable spreader is safer, easier and faster to use than the prior method. The prior method required two members of the Maintenance Patrol; the new method requires just one. The new device holds itself in place without snapping closed (which was a hazard with the old method), which in turn reduces the risk of injury. http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/cable-guardrail-spreader-tool-improves-efficiency-and-safety

 


Featured Improvement for Week of June 30, 2014:

Specification Assembly Tool Improves Accuracy, Saves from 1 to 3 Staff-Days of Work Per Project
An innovative tool developed at CDOT’s Centennial Engineering Residency automates the assembly the Project Special Provisions (PSPs) and the Index of Standard Special Provisions into a complete Specification Package. This improves accuracy and also saves 1 to 3 days of tedious staff work for every transportation system project. More details about this innovation are available at:http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/specification-assembly-tool-improves-accuracy-saves-from-1-to-3-staff-days-of-work-per-project

 


Featured Improvement for Week of June 23, 2014:

Improvements Reduce Service Time To Airport Partners By Up To 85%
CDOT’s Division of Aeronautics partnered with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) to develop an improved customer service system for airport partners; the new system reduces service time to these airports by up to 85% (compared to the old way of providing service). More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/new-system-reduces-service-time-to-airports-by-up-to-85

 


Featured Improvement for Week of June 16, 2014:

Improvements to ESCAN Enhances Efficiency, Decreases Errors, Saves $420,000
Improvements to the Erosion and Sediment Control Assessment Notebook (“ESCAN”) system improved efficiency for inspections and also streamlined reporting -- resulting in the equivalent of $420,000 annually in staffing savings. These improvements also decreased errors in data collection.  More information is available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/improvements-to-escan-yield-savings-of-420-000-decreased-errors

 


Featured Improvement for Week of June 9, 2014:

Wing cart allows safer removal and installation of  wing plows – and is 96% faster!
An innovative cart allows one person to remove a wing plows from trucks in just 6 minutes without any other equipment – a task which formerly took 2-plus hours, and also required 2 people!  And, more importantly, this new method is also safer.  More information is available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/wing-cars-allow-faster-safer-removal-and-installation

 


Featured Improvement for Week of June 2, 2014:

Improved Web-based Mapping Provides Faster, Easier Access to GIS Information  -- and, Costs 20% Less to Maintain Information
A new web-based mapping and informational tool, called “CPLAN”,  provides faster and easier access to the public for CDOT maps and related information -- saving up to  19 hours of a user's time each and every time this information is needed!

Additionally,  CDOT’s cost to maintain information in CPLAN is approximately 20% lower than the prior method. More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/improved-web-based-mapping-provides-faster-easier-access-to-gis-information

 


Featured Improvement for Week of May 26, 2014:

Tire Chain Storage Innovation Reduces Costs, Makes Installation Easier
This innovation improves how CDOT  Maintenance Patrols store sets  of tire chains, saving money and improving efficiency for installing chains on tires.  More details are available at http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/tire-chain-storage-innovation-reduces-costs-makes-installation-easier

 


Featured Improvement for Week of May 19, 2014:

Improvements to TAGIS Allow Instant Access to Detailed Traffic Data,  Reduce  Costs by $50,000/year
Improvements to CDOT’s Traffic Analysis Geospatial Information System (known as “TAGIS”) now allow instant access for internal and external customers to important traffic-related data  -- a significant improvement over the prior method for obtaining this data. These improvements also reduce the off-system data collection costs for CDOT by about $50,000 per year.  More details are available at:  http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/improvements-to-tagis-allows-instant-access-to-detailed-traffic-data-and-reduce-costs.

 


Featured Improvement for Week of May 12, 2014:

Transit Grant Applications Simplified by 65%, Improving Efficiency
Streamlining of the transit grants application process has significantly simplified how organizations apply for these grants, and has also improved the internal CDOT efficiency of administering these grants.  More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/local-lean/transit-grant-applications-simplified-by-65-improving-efficiency

 


Featured Improvement for Week of May 5, 2014:

Highway Sign Cover Innovation Saves Money, Improves Safety
By re-using old sign parts and aluminum channels, a lightweight, portable, and flexible cover for highway speed limit signs was developed.

This improvement saves the equivalent of about $500 per Maintenance Patrol per year in staff time, and it also improves highway safety. More details available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/highway-sign-cover-innovation.

 


Featured Improvement for Week of April 28, 2014:

Process for Granting Congestion Mitigation / Air Quality Grants Improved
In a joint effort between CDOT and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), the process for Congestion Mitigation / Air Quality (CMAQ) grants was streamlined to eliminate more than 20 low-value-add steps.

Due to this streamlining, the percent of grant applications which are ready to go directly to contract without rework has increased significantly, to 80%.  Another goal of this process improvement project was to have all projects contracted within 90 days of receiving a completed scope; this was accomplished for 100% of grantee projects. More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/lean-case-studies/congestion-mitigation-air-quality-grants.

 


Featured Improvement for Week of April 21, 2014:

DBE Goal-setting process improvement implements standard work and uniform practices
CDOT’s DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Goal-Setting Process Improvement Project developed standard work and uniform practices for this process, which assures compliance with DBE requirements and also provides external transparency to CDOT’s internal processes. More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/lean-case-studies/dbe-goal-setting-effort-develops-standard-work-uniform-practices.

 


Featured Improvement for the week of April 14, 2014:

MRP, Lean "Just-in-Time" Strategies Reduce Inventory by $1.9 million
The implementation of materials requirements planning (MRP), coupled with Lean’s “just-in-time” (JIT) purchasing strategies, has allowed the CDOT Storeroom operation to become more efficient.  This implementation has enabled CDOT Storeroom operations to decrease inventory on-hand by more than $1.9 million during a 3-year period, while simultaneously improving service to front-line maintenance patrols. More details available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/using-information-technology-to-improve-processes/mrp-just-in-time-strategies-reduce-inventory-by-1-932-428

 


Featured Improvement for Week of April 7, 2014:

Innovative cost estimator standardizes project estimating, saves time
A new computer-based application will help standardize cost estimating for transportation system construction/modification projects. This standardization saves time for CDOT Project Engineers, allowing them to focus more time on other aspects of these projects. Additional details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/innovative-cost-estimator-standardizes-project-estimating-saves-time

 


Featured Improvement for Week of March 31, 2014:

Improved Toolkit Makes Guardrail Repair Safer , Faster, Easier
An improved guardrail repair toolkit improves working posture and puts the pressure of lifting and repairing guardrail on the tool instead of on the person – making this job safer and more efficient .  More details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/new-toolkit-makes-guardrail-repair-faster-easier-safer-1

 


Featured Improvement for Week of March 24, 2014:

Inventive Interface Streamlines Budget Action Process, Saves 260 Work Hours
An innovation regarding Budget Action requests was developed within a Regional Business Office that has greatly reduced the amount of time that Project Managers need to spend doing these Budget Action requests; more details at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/local-lean/inventive-interface-streamlines-budget-action-process-saves-260-work-hours-per-year

 


Featured Improvement for Week of March 17, 2014:

Innovation Makes Cleaning Under Guardrail Safer, Cheaper – and Six Times More Efficient
An innovative device developed by the Johnson Village Maintenance Patrol allows it to be almost six (6) times more efficient when cleaning under guardrails! Read more about it here:http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/everyday-lean-innovations-ideas/innovation-makes-cleaning-under-guardrail-safer-cheaper-2013-and-six-times-more-efficient.


Featured Improvement for the week of March 10, 2014:

Lean Project Helps Provide Disaster Response Following Historical Flood
The efforts of the Oversize / Overweight Permits Process Improvement Project Team are featured in an online Case Study by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), in an article entitled "Lean Project Helps Colorado DOT Provide Disaster Response Following Historical Flood", at this link: http://asq.org/knowledge-center/case-studies-CDOT-flood.html.Additional details are available at: http://www.coloradodot.info/business/process-improvement/lean-case-studies/oversize-overweight-os-ow-permits

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