- legislative declaration
(1)The general assembly hereby finds and declares that:
(a)The department is authorized by law to use a design-build process for transportation projects that allows for the improved coordination, scheduling, and timely performance of transportation projects, resulting in time and cost efficiency;
(b)The scheduling and timely performance of design-build transportation projects partially depend upon the coordination with utility companies for the prompt performance of utility relocation work necessitated by the project;
(c)Increased coordination between the department and utility companies is in the public interest and the encouragement and requirement of prompt performance of utility relocation work within the design-build transportation project performance schedule will reduce delays and costs of the projects;
(d)The preferred approach for utility relocation work in a design-build transportation project is for the utility company to authorize the department’s design-build contractor to engage the services of the utility company’s prequalified contractors for the design and construction of the relocation work because it places the responsibility for the timely performance of the utility relocation work on the design-build contractor and removes the risk of utility relocation delays from multiple utility companies;
(e)Current law limits the department’s authority in relation to payment for utility relocation, and nothing in this part 14 is intended to alter the department’s obligation to pay for utility relocations pursuant to section 43-1-225 or to pay for utility relocations when utility facilities are located on easements owned by the utility;
(f)Allowing the department to fund the design of the utility relocation work necessitated by a design-build transportation project will foster the coordination of the utility relocation work, which is in the public interest;
(g)In the interest of the public, the department, the design-build contractor, and the utility company should coordinate their efforts, perform the utility relocation work in accordance with the design-build transportation project performance schedule, and allocate the responsibility for any damages caused by a party’s failure to timely perform the relocation work, except when such failure is due to a force majeure;
(h)The review and approval of the utility company of any design work prior to the commencement of any utility relocation construction in relation to a design-build transportation project will assure that such work meets the quality standards and construction methods of the utility company. The department also recognizes the obligation of utility companies to maintain service to their customers, and the department agrees to work within utility company terms and conditions to maintain service continuity.
(i)For purposes of design-build transportation projects, allowing the department to provide and condemn, when necessary, a replacement easement for a utility company to relocate its facilities when the utility company’s facilities are located in an easement owned by the utility company and to pay for the future relocation of a utility company’s facilities if no replacement easement is provided is in the public interest.
Section 43-1-1410 — Utility relocation - legislative declaration,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-43.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).