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Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
Jeffrey.Caldwell@vdot.virginia.gov
804-337-7264
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July 16, 2009



VDOT OFFERS LIVE ONLINE STREAMING VIDEO OF CONTRACT BID LETTING
Online Bidding Process Increases Customer Service, Openness and Competition


RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) now offers live online streaming video of the agency’s public construction and maintenance contract bid letting. The next contract bid letting will be held July 22 at 10 a.m.

“The online video streaming of the bidding process provides increased customer service to our contractors and subcontractors and will hopefully generate more competition,” said Don Silies, state contract engineer. “The more interested parties we can connect to this bidding information, the better.”

Visit http://www.virginiadot.org/business/bid_streams.asp to stream the video during scheduled public bidding readings, view the current advertisement of projects and learn about doing business with VDOT.

VDOT has traditionally held public bid readings at VDOT’s Central Office in Richmond, but time conflicts and physical distance have resulted in fewer attendees. On average,  20 to 30 contract proposals are publicly opened and read monthly.

The bid streaming process allows all interested bidders, contractors, suppliers and others to witness the opening from their computer, saving many hours in travel and reducing travel and congestion costs.

Construction and maintenance advertisements are posted on VDOT’s Web site and mailed to all pre-qualified vendors each month. Information on how to pre-qualify is located at http://www.virginiadot.org/business/const/prequal.asp.

For more information about VDOT’s construction and maintenance contracting process, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/business/const/default.asp.



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