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The Office of Contracts is at the focal point where all of the preletting activities converge so contracting can take place for construction.

The Office of Contracts is responsible for two major functions of the Iowa Department of Transportation:
  1. Estimating and contract letting.
  2. Bid review, monitoring and collusion detection.

Prime contractor prequalification

Icon8in1 contractor poster

Effective with the April 19, 2016 Letting, the Office of Contracts will no longer be mailing the 8in1 poster with the signed contracts. These posters have been placed online individually and combined into one single PDF document on the civil rights website. This is a good resource for both DOT construction personnel and contractors.
IconUpcoming advertising timelines
The Iowa Department of Transportation will be letting contracts for major projects on several corridors. Different advertisement techniques will be used to address the unique needs of these different projects.
Icon Iowa Contractors: Obtaining Your Railroad Crossing Information

Questions and Answers (.pdf)
Obtaining Your Railroad Crossing Information presentation (.pptx)
Icon Structural Health Monitoring RFQ I74 Mississippi River Bridge

Iowa DOT is seeking firms with expertise in structural health monitoring. A list will be developed of qualified firms eligible to perform this work on the Interstate 74 Mississippi River Bridge, with construction targeted to begin in 2017. It is anticipated that this work will be performed as a subcontract to construction of the river bridge itself.

RFQ Structural Health Monitoring System (.pdf)

Icon Cargo Preference Act January 2016

The Cargo Preference Act (CPA) applies to equipment materials and commodities obtained using U.S. Government funds. When transported by ocean vessels, at least 50% of such items must be transported on privately owned United States-flag commercial vessels, if available.

Cargo Preference Act Notice (.docx)

The FHWA has determined the Cargo Preference Act (CPA) and the implementing regulations, 46 CFR Part 381, are applicable to the Federal-aid highway program. Therefore, the CPA requirements are effective for the Federal-aid highway program.

Implementation of CPA (.pdf)

Office of Contracts
Iowa Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50010
Phone: 515-239-1414