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


  • 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 DT2102 and supporting documentation. (July 6, 2020).
  • Health and Travel Documentation
    WisDOT continues to monitor the public health crisis as it applies to essential highway maintenance and construction projects. Workers who support the construction of critical or strategic infrastructure are considered essential by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 
    • Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order (Executive Order 12, issued March 24, 2020) allows travel for workers engaged in the operation and upkeep of infrastructure. No special documentation or permits are required.
    • Workers are expected to continue to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19 at the office and job site. Monitor the Wisconsin Department of Health for latest information and guidance.
    With our partners in industry, we will strive to keep this construction season on schedule.  (April 1, 2020) 


  • Electronic Bidding:  Project Bids must be used to submit an electronic bid beginning with the May 21, 2019 letting.  At Info Tech, Inc., seamless upgrades are a top priority, and we strive to provide open communication whenever we make changes that may affect your use of the Bid Express® service at https://www.bidx.com. You are receiving this email because there is new bid preparation software that you are required to use for Wisconsin DOT for the letting of May 21, 2019, and beyond. You will need to create a new Info Tech Digital ID for this software one time, and then use that Digital ID when bidding with all agencies using the new software.  (May 23, 2019)
  • 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)

  • REMINDER:  Per ASP 3 DT1506 (without exhibits) must be received before a proposal can be awarded.  (April 8, 2019)


  • Project: WI ERFO FS 2016-1(4) - Construct roadway repairs in various locations throughout the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Ashland, Bayfield, and Sawyer counties, to include culvert replacement, aggregate roadway resurfacing, pavement resurfacing, ditch repair, roadway grading, and other miscellaneous work. This is an Eastern Federal Lands administered project, please address all questions to eflhd.contracts@dot.gov.  https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOT/FHWA/71/693C73-18-B-000021/listing.html (May 31, 2018)
  • Project:  WI ERFO FS 2016-1(2).  Construct roadway repairs in various locations throughout the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Ashland, Bayfield, and Sawyer counties, to include culvert replacement, bridge repair, large roadway washout reconstruction, ditch repair, roadway grading, aggregate roadway resurfacing, and other miscellaneous work. https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOT/FHWA/71/693C73-18-B-000025/listing.html (June 4, 2018)
  • Request for Qualifications (RFQ) - Statewide Native Seed and Woody Vegetation Installation and Restoration Management due January 12, 2018, 4:00pm CST.
    • 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)

Previous posts

  • The 2017-2019 Wisconsin State Budget (2017 Wisconsin Act 59) repealed Wisconsin’s prevailing wage laws. Effective September 23, 2017, the state prevailing wage law was repealed.  There will no longer be prevailing wage requirements on state funded highway projects advertised for bid after September 23, 2017.   This change does not affect any projects that were advertised for bid prior to the repeal.  This change does not affect the Federal Davis Bacon Act requirements for federal funded projects.  Please review the projects proposal thoroughly. (September, 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)
  • 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 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)
  • WisDOT’s Northeast Region has issued a Request for Proposal for the analysis of structural cables on the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge. The RFP may be found on the special consultant notices.
  • 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)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation Procurement Office - Scam
  • Fraud alert (November 11, 2013)
  • Fraudulent letter warning (November 11, 2013)
  • Guidance to address drought conditions on WisDOT construction projects (July 20, 2012)
  • DBE Trucking Utilization Policy (February 6, 2012)
  • Lessee Hiring Agreement Form (February 6, 2012)
  • 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)

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