Maximum Escalation Factor

2023 Maximum Wage​ Escalation Factor​​ (November 21, 2022​)

Qualified Roundabout Designer 2023 Update

WisDOT's Qualified Roundabout Designer (QRD) certification process develops and maintains a list of qualified designers for three levels of roundabout complexity. A qualified designer must meet the skills, knowledge and experience level determined appropriate for roundabout design. The QRD list – open to consultants and WisDOT staff – was updated September 2021.  The list can be found at the Roundabout Design page.  WisDOT updates the QRD list biannually and will be updating the list in 2023.  To be added to the QRD list complete Qualified Roundabout Designer Notice below.​  Email completed Questionnaires to

Qualified Roundabout Designer Notice
Qualified Roundabout​​​​ Designer Questions and Responses

WisDOT Plan Quality Review

WisDOT’s Plan Quality workgroup was formed to address questions and addenda being issued during the advertisement process.  The Department has developed a list of items to review during the PSE submittal process to reduce questions from contractors during advertisement.  Plan review items. (December 7, 2021)

​Specific Rate of Compensation Special Provision

The Department will continue t​o encourage consultants to create rate cards to establish class rates that can be used for short term substitutions when there is not an individual rate for the substitute employee already established in the contract. The special provision will be inserted into applicable contracts to explain the process for using employees not named in the contract.

The Department staff have been given the following guidelines to use when evaluating a consultant's request to approve use of a class rate rather than amending to add an individual rate:

  • The substitute employee will charge less the 40 hours to the contract


  • The substitute employee's current wage rate is more than 95% of the wage rate used to establish the class rate for the contract.  (Dec.​ 10, 2020)

FDM 8-5-1.1

In order to preserve fair and open competition, WisDOT has directed all of its staff to direct all consultant inquiries pertaining to upcoming projects, concerns about workload, available staff, and general capabilities to consultant services unit supervisor. Consultant services unit supervisor may decide appropriate response. During an ongoing solicitation, all consultant questions about a project must be emailed to the contact in the Scope of Services narrative. Consultant solicitation queries continue to be addressed by WisDOT via the transparent Question and Response process. Over the past two years, this has been conducted almost entirely through Masterworks rather than email. Consultants have an equal opportunity to submit questions within three business days of posting and to view publicly posted responses a few days later. At no time should consultants contact WisDOT employees directly regarding current or upcoming solicitations. Consultants who violate this section are subject to consequences up to and including disqualification. (Aug. 26, 2019)

Unless specifically mentioned in the NOI instructions, please do not attach additional files (e.g. resumes, project descriptions, letters). These materials have not been requested and will not be reviewed. (Aug. 22, 2018)

DBE policy and guidelines (reposted Sept. 1, 2016)