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Construction

Construction Program Guide

Bid Opening and Tabulation

The FHWA's policy for bid opening and the tabulation of construction bids provides for:

  • The public opening of the bids
  • The use of electronic methods for advertising, receiving bids, opening bids, announcing bid results or awarding contracts
  • A prohibition against negotiation with contractors after bid opening but prior to the award of the contract
  • Guidance for the submittal of bid tabulations to the Division Administrator

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. 635.113 provides the FHWA's regulatory policy regarding bid opening and bid tabulation. (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

Guidance

  1. General Information
  2. Training
Updated: 01/29/2014
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