Maximum Escalation Factor

WisDOT reviews the maximum escalation factor annually. The 2021 factor of 0.1% must be reflected immediately for all new negotiations. The 2020 factor of 2.6% may be reflected for in-process negotiations resulting in contracts submitted before February 14, 2021. Consultants apply wage escalation to estimates of work to be performed based on the relationship of the consultant's normal cycle for wage increases and the timing of work performed under the contract. Current pay rates along with dates of anticipated increases should be shown in supporting fee computations. (Nov 19, 2020)

Qualified Roundabout Designer Certification Process

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 – is being updated for 2021.  Interviews will not be conducted. (Nov 24, 2020)

  • Notification
  • Notification Questionnaire
  • Questions and Responses

    Key dates in the certification process:

  • Notification posted – Tuesday, November 24, 2020
  • Questions due – Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 8:00 AM
  • Answers posted – Monday, December 14, 2020
  • Submittal of application and supporting documentation – Monday, January 25, 2021 – 12:00 PM
  • 2021 QRD list posted – Monday, March 29, 2021

Masks Required in State Facilities

WisDOT Staff, Consultants, and Contractors: 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. (July 13, 2020)

DocuSign for Electronic Signature

WisDOT will be using DocuSign for electrical signatures on Contracts, Work Orders and Amendments that are not executed in Masterworks. This includes all amendments as well as 3-party design contracts. The contract execution process will be initiated in DocuSign by WisDOT Contract Specialists. Consultants will receive an email when their contract proposal is ready sign in DocuSign. While you do not need to have a registered account in DocuSign, it will be easier to view and manage your contract if you register for a free account. Consultants will receive a link to the final agreement from DocuSign after it is executed by WisDOT. (Apr 1, 2020)

Consultant Report/Consultant Registration

The Consultant Report process remains on hold. The process is ready to resume in Masterworks however implementation remains on hold until operations are back to normal. Consultant firms should make sure their Certificate of Authorization as an A/E firm is current as WI recently completed it bi-annual renewal cycle. (Apr 1, 2020)

Consultant Financial Report

The deadlines for submitting Consultant Financial Reports (CFR) have been extended to 7 months after the consultant firms year end for firms with fiscal years ending 10/1/19 through 6/30/20. Calendar 2019 CFR is not due until 7/31/20. (Apr 1, 2020)

WisDOT will be accepting submission of CFRs in electronic format.Instructions for electronic submission. (May 27, 2020)


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.

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.


Interim Policy on Project-Level Public Hearings (June 15, 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 e-mailed 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. (August 22, 2018)

DBE policy and guidelines (reposted Sept 1, 2016)