Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise Releases Request for Qualifications for Phase 2 of the US 36 Improvement Project

February 22, 2012 - Statewide Transportation Plan - DENVER – Yesterday, the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a public-private partnership (P3) for Phase 2 of the US 36 Managed Lanes/Bus Rapid Transit project, the phase that will complete improvements to the corridor between Denver and Boulder.

US 36 is a priority regional transportation project in one of the highest growth corridors in the state.

The successful bidder is expected to design, build and finance Phase 2 of US 36 and operate and maintain the managed lanes for the full US 36 corridor as well as for the I-25 HOV/Express Lanes, a total of about 24 miles.  The “design, build, finance, operate, maintain” agreement will be structured as a toll concession and is expected to have a term of 50 years.

Statements of Qualifications are due in April and a short list of qualified proposers is expected to be announced in May.

A copy of the RFQ may be obtained via the following link: or at: For more information, contact Kari Grant at 303-757-9380.

About the US 36 Managed Lanes/Bus Rapid Transit Project:

Phase I of the multi-modal US 36 project will reconstruct US 36 between Federal Boulevard and the Interlocken Loop interchange.  Construction of Phase I is expected to begin in spring of 2012.

Phase II, for which RFQs are being requested, will complete the reconstruction of US 36 between the Interlocken Loop and Foothills Parkway in Boulder.  Both phases of the US 36 improvements consist of the following elements:

  • Reconstruction and widening of US 36 to accommodate a new buffer-separated managed lane in each direction of US 36 as well as 12-foot shoulders
  • Reconstruction existing pavement
  • Construction of sound walls
  • Construction of retaining walls
  • Installing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for tolling, transit information and incident management
  • Accommodating queue bypass lanes at on-ramps
  • Where feasible, installing a commuter bikeway
  • Replacing necessary structures
  • Implementing an appropriate transportation demand management (TDM) program