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Construction

Construction Program Guide

Bid Analysis and Award of Contract

The FHWA's policies for bid analysis and award of construction contracts require the construction bids to be reviewed to determine:

  • the degree of competition
  • reasonableness of the low bid in comparison with the engineer's estimate
  • the presence of mathematical or material unbalancing
  • the presence of evidence regarding bid rigging

Authority/Legal Basis

  1. Laws
    • Title 23 U.S.C. 112 provides the FHWA's statutory requirements for competitive bidding for construction contracts.
  2. Regulations
    • Title 23 C.F.R. 635.114 provides the FHWA's regulatory policy regarding bid analysis and award of construction contracts. (Note: this regulation was last updated on August 2, 1991 and does not include revised stewardship, oversight, and applicability requirements resulting from the 1991 ISTEA and the 1998 TEA-21. See the discussion in the FHWA Contract Administration Core Curriculum Manual for current FHWA policy).
  3. Orders
    • None
  4. Policy
  5. Policy Memorandums

Guidance

  1. General Information
  2. Training
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Updated: 12/10/2013
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