Once the design study is finalized, CDOT will seek funding for subsequent project phases.

CDOT works closely with many planning partners throughout the state, including local officials in the 10 rural Transportation Planning Regions (TPRs) and the five Metropolitan Planning Areas (MPOs). The MPOs and the Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) in these 15 regions meet regularly to plan for their areas.

The Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC), comprised of representatives from each of these planning organizations, meets monthly to advise the Transportation Commission on the multimodal transportation planning needs of the state. Transportation stakeholders are also represented on other statewide-planning bodies, including the Statewide MPO Committee, Transit and Rail Advisory Committee (TRAC) and the Freight Advisory Council (FAC).

CDOT employs a risk-based asset management strategy for funding.

  • Funds are not distributed by formula to the five regions; they're based on asset needs across the state.
  • Regions are provided "planning numbers" to prepare for projects but are not guaranteed those dollars. Project selection depends on the condition of the assets around the state and the asset needs and modeling.

Regional input is critical in project selection to provide a "reality check" to confirm the modeling results.

How to Provide Input About Funding of Area Projects

There are several ways to provide input into project selection processes, including:

  • TPR and MPO transportation regular meetings offer opportunities to discuss priorities and needs for the area.
  • CDOT regions, via regional planning staff, regional transportation directors and local liaisons
  • Meetings of the Transportation Commission, State Transportation Advisory Committee or other advisory bodies
  • Public meetings for specific projects (Regional planning staff can provide information on current project opportunities.)
  • County meetings within each region (annual, quarterly, monthly)