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chicago department of transportation gabe klein commissioner

Chicago Department of TransportationGabe KleinCommissioner

Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association

Emerging Leaders Program

CDOT is responsible for city street, alley, sidewalk, curb and gutter construction and maintenance; bridge construction, operation and maintenance; public way inspections; bicycle and pedestrian planning and facilities; signs and pavement markings; and planter and median construction and maintenance.
Each year, CDOT awards contracts for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of work in communities throughout Chicago.
  • Throughout the year, there are myriad opportunities for contractors to work on CDOT projects as either a prime or sub.
  • The opportunities vary from construction and maintenance to design and landscaping.
Among contracting opportunities:
  • Bridge reconstruction
  • Street reconstruction and resurfacing
  • Bicycle Facilities
  • Utility installation
  • Shoreline Improvements
  • Construction management
  • Engineering
  • Planning and Studies
cdot divisions
CDOT Divisions

Division of Administration

Division of Electrical Operations

Division of Engineering

Division of Infrastructure Management

Board of Underground

Public Way Permitting and Inspections

Sign Management

Division of In House Construction

Division of Project Development

division of administration
Division of Administration

Contractor’s Pay Estimates/Vouchers

Consultant’s Pay Vouchers

Supplier/Vendor’s Pay Vouchers (commodity)

Contract Administration

Liaison between CDOT Divisions and Department of Procurement Services (DPS)

Both before and after contract is awarded

Specs/Plans…..Change Orders (PCM’s)

Residential Streets


Speed Humps


And of course POT HOLES


Curb & Gutter

Vaulted Sidewalks

Division of In-House Construction


36 operable movable bridges, more than any city in the world

+ 26,000 bridge lifts annually

coordinate bridge lifts to minimize impact on traffic

CDOT crews perform maintenance, repair and balancing

Division of In-House Construction

division of project development
Division of Project Development

Streetscape & Urban Design Program

Commercial Corridors

Bike Program

Parking, Bike Lanes

Green Initiatives

Increasing beautification efforts - tree planting

Complete Streets

Coordination of all modes of transportation

Financial Programming / planning

Grants, legislative pursuits, etc. (CREATE)

division of engineering
Division of Engineering



Transit Stations


Street Lighting and Traffic Signals

ADA Improvements

Construction Management

Oversee all CDOT Construction Operations

engineering opportunities
Engineering Opportunities

Construction Engineering, Design Engineering, Planning and Planning and Studies

Must be Pre Qualified in IDOT Road and Bridge Categories; Request for Qualification (RFQ) is Open

DPS Advertises Request for Proposal (RFP)

Contracts can be Project Specific or Task Order/Depend on Required (DUR) similar to IDOTs “Various/Various”

Sign up for “DPS Alerts” for all Bid Announcements and News

construction opportunities
Construction Opportunities


Project Specific for Road and Bridge Construction

JOC Contracts

Term Agreements and Materials


Traffic Control

Raw and Fabricated Steel

Traffic and Light Poles

Any other raw materials or commodities

Sign up for “DPS Alerts” for all Bid Announcements and News

Each year, CDOT contracts for several hundred million dollars’ worth of work

Design, Construction, Commodities

DBE or MBE/WBE requirements established

DPS advertises work

CDOT Recommends to DPS based on criteria

Advertisement-to-award process can take 3 months

Occurs Year Round with No Fixed Dates

Understanding the Relationship between CDOT and the Department of Procurement Services (DPS)

qualities in a good consultant
Qualities in a Good Consultant

Good communication skills (written and verbal)

Able to look forward, anticipate problems

Problem solver not an identifier - propose solutions

Understand role and intent of direction given


Provide resources and experience

qualities in a good consultant cont
Qualities in a Good Consultant (Cont.)

Able to manage, track and control costs and identify problems before they arise

Do not be a blind follower

Coordination with subs

Ensure owner understands impacts to any changes

Flexible in staffing if need arises

qualities of a good contractor
Qualities of a Good Contractor

Be professional - with RE and Public

Good documentation skills

Work with owner and understand design history

Problem solver not identifier - propose solutions

I.E. Schedule, RFI’s, etc.

Financial strength / stability

Maintain a clean jobsite

Two-way street

Nickle-n-Dime issues





Bridges and Viaducts
  • Wells Street Bridge over Chicago River
  • Wilson and Lawrence Viaduct over Lake Shore Drive
  • LaSalle Drive over Lake Shore Drive
  • 31st Street Bridge over Metra/IC
  • Annual Bridge Painting Program
Arterial Streets Resurfacing and ADA Ramp Improvements
  • Annual program to resurface major streets
  • Reconstructing all intersections with new ADA compliant handicap ramps
  • Contracts distributed city wide for each program
Traffic signal program
  • Work includes installation of new signals and traffic signal modernizations.
  • Elements include electrical equipment earthwork and traffic control
  • Several neighborhood Streetscape projects throughout the year
  • Streetscapes improve neighborhood commercial districts with infrastructure upgrades and decorative elements
  • Types of work:
    • Sidewalk Reconstruction
    • Landscaping
    • Lighting
    • Street Furniture
    • Planters
    • Kiosks
    • Gateway Elements
For more information on CDOT and DPS: