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.

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  • ASP-3 Update (November 23, 2020)
    • ASP-3 Informational session: Monday, November 30, 9:00-10:30 am
      • Meeting number (access code): 146 880 1772
      • Meeting password: ZFe6mX3E2wi 
      • Join meeting
      • Join by phone  +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll 
  • Electronic bidding Instructions - DBE attachment documentation (September 8, 2020)
    • Beginning in December 2020
      • At time of bid
        • Completed Form DT1506 (Commitment to Subcontract to DBE)
        • Attachments to the DT1506 - Two options will be acceptable at the time of bid:
          • Quotes from all DBEs included on the DT1506
          • Signed Attachments A from all DBEs included on the DT1506
        • Completed DT1202 if DBE goal is not met for the proposal
      • 24-hour post-bid
        • Supplemental documentation for the DT1202 (Documentation of Good Faith Effort) - submitted to the DBE Alert mailbox no later than 11:00 am the day following the letting.
        • Signed Attachment A from all DBEs included on the DT1506
        • DBE_Alert@wi.dot.gov.  Naming conventions: “Project #, Proposal #, Let date, Business Name, Bid Attachment A” and “Project #, Proposal #, Let date, Business Name, 1202”
      • Current timeframe: Complete bids, including attachments, must be submitted by the close of the letting at 11:00:00 am of day of letting (Tuesday). Bids will be posted beginning at 12:00 pm on the day (Wednesday) following the close of the letting. To allow bidders to adjust to this process, for the October-December 2020 lettings, bids will not be considered non-responsive if they are submitted without complete DBE documentation.
    • Beginning in January 2021
      • ALL bidders are required to include Form DT1506 (Commitment to Subcontract to DBE) and Attachments A as files attached to bids in Bid Express
      • Bidders who have not met the DBE goal must also submit Form DT1202 (Documentation of Good Faith Effort) with the bid
      • Bidders have 24 hours from the close of the letting to submit Supplemental GFE materials
      • Bids will be considered non-responsive if they are submitted without complete DBE documentation and will not be evaluated further.
    • Please contact Madalena Maestri, madalena.maestri@dot.wi.gov, with questions.

  • Distractions in Work Zones (July 24, 2020)
    • With the 2020 election upcoming, we are being reminded that Wisconsin law prohibits political advertisements in the public right of way. We respect all contractors’ freedom of speech and desire to support candidates, but would ask to refrain from any signage, banners or flags for candidates and campaigns within public right of way or closely adjacent to traffic. Safety of the traveling public is a primary consideration, as the materials can be distracting. In cases where personal vehicles have flags or large bumper stickers, site leaders are asked to use their best judgement. We will stress the department is not suggesting or asking that any worker make any alterations to the appearance of their personal vehicle. We do however want any political images, regardless of candidate, party or message, to be moved away from the right of way and generally out of the vision of highway users.
  • Announcing upcoming updates to ASP-4 (July 21, 2020)
    • Effective with projects in the December 2020 letting, the department will no longer be withholding routine retainage, previously defined as 5% of each estimate that exceeds 75% of the original contract value.
      • Standard spec is revised to eliminate the language referencing retainage of 5% of estimates exceeding 75% of the project cost.
      • The department will continue to withhold retainage for the other reasons defined in
      • ASP-4 is revised to not allow the prime contractor to withhold retainage from subcontractors.
      • The department and contractors will be allowed to withhold payment for work not acceptably completed or work subject to an unresolved contract dispute. Contractors cannot withhold more than the department is withholding without just cause.
    • Contractors are reminded to review their contracts with regards to retainage requirements
  • WisDOT Staff, Consultants, and Contractors (July 13, 2020):
    • Consistent with statewide direction provided by the Department of Administration, individuals working inside state facilities will be required to wear face masks beginning on Monday July 13. This will include field offices and laboratories being utilized by WisDOT staff or consultants for the administration of construction projects.
    • If a contractor or member of the public wants to meet inside at a state facility, we strongly encourage them to wear a mask but if they choose not to, we will find a place that is outside or not a state building/facility.
  • ELIGIBLE BIDDERS on Proposals with a DBE Goal: Contractors must make every effort to attain the DBE goal assigned to the proposal they will be submitting a bid for. Per CFR 49 Part 26.53, Good Faith Effort will be evaluated based solely on the information contained within the initial submittal of the DT1202 and supporting documentation. (July 6, 2020)

Previous posts

  • MASH16 Temporary Crash Cushion Implementation Date
    • AASHTO/FHWA Joint Implementation Agreement for Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH), indicates that temporary work zone devices (i.e. crash cushion), manufactured before December 31, 2019 and are NCHRP-350 compliant can be used for their normal service life.
      In the Clarifications on Implementing the AASHTO Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware dated May 9, 2018, normal service life is to be defined by the "owner-agency".
      Wisconsin Department of Transportation will require all projects using temporary crash cushions LET after December 1, 2023 to be MASH 2016 compliant.
      If there are any questions, please contact Erik Emerson at: Erik.Emerson@dot.wi.gov (May 23, 2019)

  • Request for Qualifications (RFQ) - Statewide Native Seed and Woody Vegetation Installation and Restoration Management due January 12, 2018, 4 p.m. CT.​
    • Questions and Answers should be sent to the RFQ mailbox prequalification@dot.wi.gov. (December 5, 2017)
    • Statewide Native Seed and Woody Vegetation Installation and Restoration Management Pre-certified contractors. The precertification requirement will apply to select projects only. The pre-certified lists will not be required for all WisDOT projects to perform plantings. (February 16, 2018
  • 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)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation Procurement Office - Scam
  • Field Manager Contractor Read-Only announcement (April 26, 2010)
  • Information relating to Wisconsin's Emerald Ash Borer (October 7, 2008)
  • Emergency Rule Notification updated October 24, 2007, to include any waters of the State of Wisconsin (October 24, 2007)

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