CDOT Resilience Program

CDOT Risk and Resilience Program

What is Resilience?

The State of Colorado through HOUSE BILL 18-1394 defines resilience as follows: “The ability of communities to rebound, positively adapt to, or thrive amidst changing conditions or challenges—including human-caused and natural disasters—and to maintain quality of life, healthy growth, durable systems, economic vitality, and conservation of resources for present and future generations.”

The I-70 Risk and Resilience Pilot Study

The I-70 Risk and Resilience Pilot, completed in late 2017, builds on the work completed by CDOT in the wake of the catastrophic 2013 flood event. It is a first-of-its kind approach, meant to address vulnerabilities in Colorado’s highway infrastructure by quantifying the risk and developing mitigation measures. 450 miles of I-70 from the Utah border in the west to the Kansas border in the east have been analyzed for the potential of future damage and closures from physical threats. The pilot considers multiple significant threats—ranging from avalanche to wildfire, as well as human-made threats, such as high vehicle bridge strikes, and provides a quantitative, data-driven approach to quantifying risk and calculating benefit cost of alternative mitigation measures. The final report can be accessed here.

CDOT Resilience Policy Directive

On Nov. 15, 2018, the Transportation Commission adopted Policy Directive (PD) 1905.0 “Building Resilience into Transportation Infrastructure and Operations”, which directs CDOT to support state resilience goals by incorporating resilience in strategic decisions about transportation assets and operations. The policy directive builds on the Department’s efforts since the 2013 floods to formalize and encourage future resilience activities at CDOT so that the department can manage risks and successfully adapt to future challenges. 

The Multimodal Planning Branch in the Division of Transportation Development is taking the lead to work with specific branches and programs to implement the vision in PD 1905.0. In December 2018, the Resilience Program in MPB launched a 2-year project to define a standard for risk assessments in Colorado. Another project that organizers expect will take a year to complete will begin in early 2019. That project aims to integrate resilience into core CDOT functions such as planning, asset management, operations, maintenance, and design and construction.

For more information about CDOT's Resilience Program please contact Elizabeth Kemp Herrera, at 303-757-9629, or 303-829-0274 (cell) or via email:


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