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

ASP-3 Update (February 4, 2021)

  • Electronic bidding InstructionsUpdate: DBE attachment documentation (January 5, 2021)
  • Contracting with DBE  
  • eSubmit option available for DBE supplemental documentation (March 31, 2021)
  • Please contact Madalena Maestri, madalena.maestri@dot.wi.gov, with questions.
  • BidX Training -  Available on www.bidx.com 
  • Beginning with the February letting, the following procedures will be in effect:
    • The Commitment to Subcontract to DBE (Form DT1506 or digital submittal) must be submitted at the time of bid (Tuesday) by all prime contractors.
    • Attachments A OR quotes from all DBEs included in the Commitment must be submitted at bid (Tuesday) OR
    • Within one-hour following bid submittal by ALL prime contractors via eSubmit (Tuesday).
    • If only DBE quotes were submitted, all remaining signed Attachments A must be submitted within 24-hours of bid closing via eSubmit (Wednesday).
    • If the assigned DBE contract goal is not met, Documentation of Good Faith Effort (Form DT1202) and supporting documentation must be submitted within 24-hours of bid closing (Wednesday) via eSubmit. ​Instructions for eSubmit
    • The DBE Office will no longer reach out to contractors during the letting to inform you of remaining documents to submit. Make sure you are clear on DBE documentation requirements – follow up with us through DBE_Alert@dot.wi.gov if you have any questions.

COVID-19 Reporting Requirements (Update: July 21, 2021) Contractors/Consultants should continue to follow any guidance they receive from their employing agency related to quarantine protocols. In addition, contractors/consultants should follow the medical advice they receive from their medical providers if they have tested positive, have been exposed or have symptoms. The department expects that contractors/consultants will not be physically present on work sites while they are under a quarantine order/recommendation.

To ensure the health and safety of State employees and members of the general public who are served by State government, contractors shall report any potential exposure to COVID-19 to WisDOT. Please review the attached memos and reporting form for more information on the process.

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 judgment​​. 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

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)

U.S. Department of Transportation Procurement Office - Scam

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.

For questions regarding the content of this page, contact:

Bureau of Project Development
4822 Madison Yards Way
4th Floor South, Room S437
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 266-1631
Fax: (608) 267-1862