Denver — Atkins has been awarded a contract to serve as general tolling services advisor to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Under the terms of the contract, Atkins will work with CDOT’s Office of Major Project Development (OMPD) to provide a broad spectrum of on-call advisory services in support of CDOT’s tolled lanes and managed lanes programs.

Atkins will collaborate closely with several divisions of CDOT — including its toll-collection agency, known as the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE); and its Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE) — to provide expert advice on tolling strategies, system design and architecture, integration, marketing, back-office operations, and more.

L. Joe Boyer, Atkins’ CEO, North America, said: “Atkins has worked closely with CDOT for 15 years, and we have a solid understanding of their systems, technologies, and programs. As a national leader in toll-program management, we will continue to be responsive in supporting CDOT with best-practice expertise.”

In response to Colorado’s increasing traffic congestion and limited transportation funding, CDOT is developing innovative financing and tolling strategies to fund major transportation projects throughout its five regions.

Since the late 1990s, Atkins has supported CDOT’s most noteworthy projects and programs by providing a broad range of transportation-related services, such as planning, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) consulting, design, construction management, program oversight, facility management and design, asset management, and more.

“We have successfully completed eight on-call contracts for CDOT in just the last five years,” said Atkins project manager Rami Harb, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE.

Atkins is currently working on several significant CDOT projects, including:

  • I-70 Twin Tunnels widening project (east of Idaho Springs)
  • I-70 East improvement project (a 10-mile section from downtown Denver to the Denver International Airport exit)
  • I-25 North Design-Build project (in Colorado Springs)
  • Colorado’s Statewide Transportation Plan (SWP).