The California Department of Transportation has started a pilot program to accept contractor bids through an online bidding system.
Caltrans believes this new electronic system will reduce project costs and expedite the bidding process. Bids on all contracts will now be submitted at bidx.com. There are 37 state transportation departments that use this site.
“This simplifies an often-hectic process and minimizes post-bid cost adjustments,” said Malcolm Dougherty, Caltrans director. “It’s the right way to go.”
Previously, contractor bids had to be physically delivered to Caltrans district offices, depending on where the job was.
Caltrans awards more than 600 projects annually, with an average of 5,000 bids submitted.
Caltrans expects a gradual transition from the existing system to the pilot program, with both methods of bid submittal available as contractors decide which works best for them.
In recent months, Caltrans has trained approximately 100 contractors across the state on how to use the bidx.com interface to submit electronic bids as it transitions to an exclusive electronic bidding system.