42-2-108 C.R.S. Mandates the creation of a primary and secondary system of road in all counties.

43-2-111 C.R.S. Assigns these primary and secondary roads to counties for construction and maintenance. Roads, by definition, include bridges, culverts, footpaths and rights of way.

The Engineering Division workforce is comprised of 13 employees providing such functions as project surveying, roadway and bridge design, construction monitoring, land use review, capital improvement project management, hydrological studies, excavation and access permit management, transportation infrastructure planning, project planning, weed management and various other engineering-related functions. The Division's staff is supplemented through contractual arrangements with private sector consultants for such services as road and bridge replacement design, electrical system analysis and hydrological analysis. As mentioned above, the services provided by the Engineering Division are funded by the Road and Bridge Fund. Project-specific funding supplements these efforts depending upon the nature of a given project.

Chapter 12.04 - Roadway Design and Construction Standards

Pueblo County officially adopts as a binding regulation of Pueblo County the Pueblo County Roadway Design and Construction Standards, a complete copy of which may be obtained at all times at the offices of the Pueblo County department of public works and which is incorporated herein by this reference. (Res. 98-44)

Work within Pueblo County Right-of-Way is regulated by Pueblo County Code 12.08. The Code 12.08 provides requirements for a Contractor to be eligible for receiving a Utility Excavation Permit.

  1. You must be a LICENSED, BONDED and INSURED, Contractor with Pueblo County
  2. You must register with the Pueblo County Engineering Department

A. Before the county shall issue a permit to any excavator, that excavator shall have on file with the County Public Works Department a valid license and permit bond in the amount of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00). Such bond shall be for the benefit of the County Public Works Department, and shall assure recovery by the Department of any expense incurred by the Department in completing work begun, but not finished, by the excavator in accordance with these regulations and specifications. Such bond shall be in force for at least sixty (60) days beyond the anticipated completion date of any work for which a permit is being applied for.

B. Before the county shall issue a permit to any excavator, that excavator shall show evidence of a valid commercial general liability insurance policy, with minimum limits of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) general aggregate. Such policy shall be for the protection of the county from all suits, actions or claims of any type for injuries or damages allegedly sustained by any person or property on the premises or as a result of the operations or completed operations of the work. Such policy shall specifically cover the acts and operations of any subcontractors or independent contractors of the excavator, in addition to the excavator’s employees or agents.

C. In addition to the bonding and insurance requirements of subsections A and B of this section, the permittee personally, by applying for and obtaining a permit, agrees to be liable to the county for any expenses incurred by the county because of the permittee’s acts or omissions relating to the work, and the permittee shall hold the county harmless from any claims of anyone else arising from or relating to the work. This shall include, but not be limited to, a warranty by the permittee of the work and all materials and labor used in the work, and such warranty shall run for two years from the completion of the work and shall guarantee that no further repairs or maintenance will be required at the work site due to any defect or omission in the work or that the permittee will adequately and properly provide and complete any such repairs or maintenance. For any work on a job with roadway repair costs in excess of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) as estimated by the county engineer, the warranty requirement shall be satisfied by the posting of a surety bond in the estimated amount at the discretion of the county engineer.

D. The Pueblo County Public Works Department may, at its discretion, exempt an excavator from the bonding requirements of subsection A of this section and from the insurance requirements set out in subsection B of this section. Such exemption may be granted upon a showing by the excavator of alternative arrangements satisfactory to the Pueblo County Public Works Department. In determining whether to so exempt a particular excavator, the Pueblo County Public Works Department shall consider the reliability of any alternative bonding or insurance devices proposed by the excavator, the financial condition and solvency of the excavator, the presence in Pueblo County of fixed assets sufficient in value to cover any expenses or problems caused by the excavation, the length of time the excavator has done business in Pueblo County, the previous track record of the excavator in regard to expenses or problems of prior excavations, the existence of a long-term or comprehensive policy of self-insurance by the excavator, and any other factors tending to increase or decrease the likelihood of expense and harm to Pueblo County from the excavation.

You may register to do Utility Excavation work in Pueblo County by contacting Pueblo County Engineering at 719-583-6040; Monday – Thursday; 6:30 am to 5:00 pm.