Construction bid letting - General process overview
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (WisDOT) process for bidding on
highway construction projects is outlined in the State of Wisconsin,
Department of Transportation, Standard Specifications for Highway
and Structure Construction.
All bidders of prospective highway construction projects are
"prequalified" by the department to ensure that the bidder
has "competency and responsibility to perform the work."
Bidders submit a sealed bid for a prospective highway
construction project to the department.
All highway construction projects have a public bid opening;
all sealed bids are opened upon which they are read aloud
publicly. Upon opening and reading the prospective bids, the
department proceeds through a process of awarding and executing
the highway construction contract.
The award process involves comparison and analysis of the bids
in order to look for irregularities and to ensure the
eligibility of the bidder.
Upon completion of this process the contract is awarded to the
"lowest responsible bidder."
The highway construction contract is then executed by the
Governor upon receipt of the contract, the contract bond and all
other department-required forms.