Highway Construction Contract Information

​​General notices to contractors

Welcome. Within this website you will be able to view all the information and documents needed relating to the WisDOT Highway Construction Contract Information (HCCI). 

Bidding contract information

Bidding for highway construction projects is conducted under the authority provided in Wisconsin Statutes 84.06(2)(a) Bids, Contracts. Contracts shall be awarded to the lowest competent and responsible bidder as determined by the department.

Contractor tips


  • Effective with the March 2017 bid letting, WisDOT is moving away from the revised 3-page version of the WI10 highway and airport pavement wage schedule and will use the Davis-Bacon Act Wage Determinations (DBA WDs) created by USDOL for pavement contracts applicable to prevailing wage.  The DBA WD WI10 document covers all counties statewide.  To determine the applicable wage rate, search by county and associated trades. (February 17, 2017)
  • Updated ASP3 effective with the January 10, 2017 letting. (January 9, 2017)


  • The department has implemented a pilot confidential bidder option for contractors. Under this pilot a prequalified contractor who intends to bid on a project could ask, at the time of requesting to bid, that their eligibility not be posted on the department’s HCCI site or on the Bid Express site. 
      • Confidential bidders will not show on plan holder or eligible bidder lists in either HCCI or Bid Express.
      • On letting day, all bids, including the confidential bids, will be downloaded at 9:01 a.m. and then be posted at 9:30 a.m. on the HCCI site and the Bid Express site. At this point all bids will become public. 
      • Vendors who are approved by WisDOT to be eligible bidders or plan holders and who want to remain confidential, will not appear on the lists of eligible bidders or plan holders on the HCCI website or Bid Express www.bidx.com
      • It is the responsibility of the vendor to ensure that they have been approved as an eligible bidder before submitting a bid. Vendors who choose to be confidential are still contractually obligated, as all eligible bidders are, that by submission of the bid, the bidder contractually commits to all applicable laws, regulations and procedures, including any coordination with subcontractors and DBE community. 
      • The pilot was put into place statewide and began with the December 8, 2015 letting.  The pilot has been extended thru the September 12, 2017 letting. (November 3, 2016)
    • Automated Clearing House (ACH) Payments.  With the implementation of the new accounting system, the department now has the option to have payments due to be paid electronically.  (October 4, 2016)
    • Effective with projects let November 2016, the department will pay 5% of the bid item 619.1000 Mobilization with the first progress payment. The new spreadsheet incorporating this change is in standard spec section 619 and the Contract Information Page under Forms. WS6191.  (October 4, 2016)     
    • Surrounding states may be upgrading to AASHTOWare Project Bids, WisDOT will not be upgrading at this time.  Notice will be sent to all WisDOT Bid Express users when WisDOT begins the process to upgrade to AASHTOWare Project Bids after the first of the year.
      Reminder: Expedite 5.11a must be used to submit an electronic bid.  (August 30, 2016)
  • DBE Uniform Certified Program (UCP) Directory (June 17, 2016)
  • To facilitate communication with the construction industry, the department will utilize the Questions and Answers (Q/A) feature within BidExpresstm.  For more information refer to the Questions and Answers section at the left.  (May 10, 2016)


  • US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species on May 4, 2015. To protect the bats, tree clearing cannot occur between April 1 and September 30 for most projects. Some projects may have a narrower window, June 1 through July 31, based on consultation with the USFWS. WisDOT has added restrictive tree clearing dates to contracts or will clear trees with alternative contracts prior to April 1st or June 1st, whichever is appropriate, to meet the new requirements. The contractor is responsible for coordinating with the appropriate WisDOT Regional Storm Water and Erosion Control Engineer or Local Program Management Consultant to determine appropriate coordination with USFWS and/or WDNR and to obtain any necessary permits for tree clearing on select sites used for DOT projects. For more information, refer to USFWS’s website http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nleb/FAQsFinalListNLEB.html or contact the appropriate WisDOT Regional Storm Water and Erosion Control Engineer or Local Program Management Consultant. (November 18, 2015)
  • WisDOT is implementing Accelerated Bridge Construction techniques with the following goals: safer projects, shorter and less disruptive impacts to the traveling public, higher quality, and potential cost savings. View the use of Precast Concrete Piers on the I-39/90 Expansion Project. (February 3, 2015)


  • Drilled Shaft Statewide RFQ (December 5, 2014)
  • The Department suspended the use of the ET-Plus as an acceptable energy absorbing terminal on WisDOT projects. This product will be removed from the approved products list effective with the November 11, 2014, letting. (October 28, 2014)




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For questions regarding the content of this page, contact:

Bureau of Project Development
4802 Sheboygan Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 266-1631
Fax: (608) 266-8459