Navigating the Tollway Bid Process
A series of educational videos are available for contractors who want to learn more about how to do business with the Tollway. Businesses involved in the heavy-highway construction industry, including general contractors and specialty subcontractors are invited to view the educational videos and learn how to navigate the construction contract bid process. Topics covered include:
- Getting started with construction contracts
- Accessing required documents
- Understanding bid process and contract documents
- Submitting your bid
The Tollway has divided the Bid Process into six short videos. Each video covers a separate topic, all six of which are important to the overall bid submittal process.
How to do business with the Tollway
This training to provides individuals or companies who have never done business with the Tollway, with an overview of the requirements they must meet in order to bid on a Tollway construction contract. The video is divided into six modules. Need assistance? Visit Contact Us and click on View All FAQ's and then click on the Contact the Construction Team link.
This section discusses the types of contract surety bond and insurance required for Tollway Construction Projects. These bonds are forms of guarantee necessary for the work involved in the contract.
Diversity and Strategic Development
The Tollway remains focused on promoting, and ensuring diverse participation in Tollway construction contracting and consulting. Tollway solicitations are reviewed to determine the appropriate goals and DBE requirements. These “goals” ensure that the disadvantaged, minority-owned, women-owned, and small and veteran-owned firms have an opportunity to participate in Tollway’ construction contracts.
Starting the Bid Process
It is important to understand all bid documents. This section covers the submittal of certifications, financial disclosures, prequalifications as well as bid disqualifiers. You MUST bid what is in the contract. That includes EVERYTHING asked for in the Contract Requirement Book.
This is the bidder’s offer to perform the work identified in the contract. Your submittal must be in the form prescribed by the Tollway and properly signed. Acceptance of any proposal shall be conditioned on the bidder furnishing contract bonds executed by a surety.
Invoice Training Video
An invoice training video has been created based on invoice training sessions the Illinois Tollway hosted, topics include:
- Setting up payroll
- Monthly invoice packaging
- How to incorporate sub documents
Tollway Training for Design and Construction Projects
The Tollway periodically provides training on the design and construction disciplines for Tollway projects. This training is provided as a courtesy to the engineering and construction industry and is not intended to replace reading and understanding Tollway standards and Manuals. Each training session is focused to a specific audience; Designers, Construction Managers, Contractors and/or Tollway Maintenance personnel.
The training is open to anyone who is or will be involved in Tollway construction contracts. Training may be conducted at the Tollway's Central Administration Office or held online. Multiple training sessions may be provided based on demand. Other training sessions are conducted at nearby centers that can accommodate a larger audience. Training is conducted by Tollway staff or designated representatives.
The following are links to the Illinois Tollway's online training YouTube channel. The channel includes a series of video presentations targeted toward providing training to the consulting community. Training topics cover a variety of subjects, including Safety, Construction Management, Design Section Engineering and the Traffic Barrier Guidelines.
The Illinois Tollway will not respond to comments or questions posted directly on the YouTube site.
Design Section Engineers and Construction Manager Presenations
Traffic Barrier Guidelines Online Training Series
A series of training videos covering the Illinois Tollway’s Traffic Barrier Guidelines and barrier warrant analysis procedure have been developed to replace the live hands-on workshop. There are 17 individual modules totaling over four hours in length and covering a variety of topics, including Level 0/1/2/3 analyses, bridge type studies and the overall submittal process. The series is intended for anyone involved in the barrier warrant process, from beginning designers through advanced users and QA/QC reviewers.
It is intended that the viewers watch the modules in order starting with the Introduction. At the beginning of most modules there is a list of prerequisite modules that should be viewed beforehand; a few modules are standalone with no prerequisites. At the end of most modules there is a suggestion as to which module should be viewed next. The modules include helpful hands-on sample problems for engineers to work through alongside the video presentations. The entire series will be available on YouTube, and is intended to be updated as new criteria are established.
Accelerated Bridge Construction Workshop
The Illinois Tollway implemented accelerated bridge construction (ABC) into design plans and construction projects via Design Bulletin 16-03, which was released to the industry in December 2016. A seminar was held in March 2017 to provide an overview of the Tollway’s new ABC policy, a national and statewide outlook on ABC from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and a discussion on ABC technologies and resources from the Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC). Materials from the ABC workshop and relative to the new procedure are available.