1. To each qualified responsible bidder that provides a responsive but unsuccessful proposal when the office issues a notice of intent to award a contract. If the request for proposals specifies a maximum fixed price, the office cannot award a fee to a proposal that exceeds the maximum fixed price.
2. To all qualified responsible bidders that provide a responsive proposal if the office does not issue a notice of intent to award a contract.
3. To all qualified responsible bidders if the office cancels the solicitation before the technical review committee reviews technical proposals.
(b) The department shall pay the fee to each qualified responsible bidder under par. (a) no later than 90 days after the department issues a notice of intent to award a contract, determines that it will not issue a notice of intent to award a contract, or cancels the solicitation.
(c) In consideration for paying the fee, the department may use work product contained in an unsuccessful proposal in connection with any proposed or awarded design-build project without making any additional compensation to the design-builder. If an unsuccessful design-builder waives the fee, the department cannot use work product in the design-builder's unsuccessful proposal.
The department may promulgate rules necessary to implement this section.
Any person aggrieved and directly affected by a decision of the office to issue a request for qualifications or a request for proposals under this section shall be entitled to judicial review of the decision as provided in ch. 227
, subject to the procedural requirements of s. 227.53 (1)
. A person shall be considered a person aggrieved and directly affected by a decision of the office if any of the following apply to a request for qualifications or a request for proposals issued by the office under this section:
1. The request does not include qualifications, requirements, or other items required under this section.
2. The request does not comply with procedural requirements under this section.
4. The request contains material discrepancies, deficiencies, or ambiguities that prevent a person from submitting a responsive proposal.
5. The request indicates a bias against or preference for a specific design-builder.
(b) Any person aggrieved and directly affected by a decision of the office to issue a notice of intent to award a contract under this section shall be entitled to judicial review of the decision as provided in ch. 227, subject to the procedural requirements of s. 227.53 (1). A person shall be considered a person aggrieved and directly affected by a decision of the office if any of the following apply to a notice of intent to award a contract under this section:
1. The design-builder that received the notice of intent to award a contract was improperly certified as a qualified responsible bidder.
2. A mathematical error was made in scoring any of the proposals that resulted in an improper intent to award a contract.
3. There is evidence of collusion or fraud involving either the design-builder that received the notice of intent to award a contract or a member of the technical review committee.
4. There is evidence of bias of a member of the technical review committee.
5. There is evidence that a member of the technical review committee has a conflict of interest because the committee member, a member of his or her immediate family, as defined in s. 19.42 (7), or any organization or business with which the member is associated, as defined in s. 19.42 (2), may benefit from the intent to award a contract.
6. The technical proposal or cost proposal submitted by the design-builder that received the notice of intent to award a contract is not responsive to the request for proposals, contains conditions or qualifications not provided for in the request for proposals, or does not assign costs to all services identified in the technical proposal or is otherwise materially unbalanced.
(c) If the office prevails upon judicial review, following any protest and appellate court proceedings, the office shall be entitled to recover all costs and charges included in the final order or judgment, excluding attorney fees. Upon payment of costs and charges by the protester, the bond shall be returned. If the protesting party prevails, the protesting party shall be entitled to recover from the office all costs and charges included in the final order or judgment, excluding attorney fees. The entire amount of the bond shall be forfeited if the hearing officer determines that a protest was filed for a frivolous or improper purpose, including the purpose of harassing, causing unnecessary delay, or causing needless cost for the office or parties.
(c) No later than December 31, 2026, the office shall submit a report to the joint committee on finance and the senate and assembly standing committees having jurisdiction over transportation matters summarizing observations of the process utilized for alternative project delivery methods and describing the effectiveness of the alternative project delivery methods contracting procedures. The report shall include discussion on scope of work, history of projects selected, evaluation criteria, selection process, contract administration, work progression, time and cost comparisons between the traditional contracting method and alternative delivery methods, claims, and changes.
(d) No later than 6 months after receipt of the report required under par. (c), the joint committee on finance shall determine whether the alternative project delivery pilot program was successful in providing the department with additional tools that allow innovation, reduced project completion time, cost certainty, or reduced cost or other advantages or benefits and shall make a recommendation to the legislature as to whether the pilot program should be made permanent.
History: 2019 a. 9
; 2021 a. 58
; s. 35.17 correction in (1) (m).
Utility facilities relocation. 84.063(1)(a)
“Highway improvement" means a state trunk highway improvement project.
“Utility facility" means any pipe, pipeline, duct, wire line, conduit, pole, tower, equipment or other structure, whether aboveground or underground, used for any of the following:
The transmission or distribution of electrical power or light.
The transmission, distribution or delivery of heat, water, gas, sewer, telegraph or telecommunication services.
If a utility facility is within the right-of-way of a proposed highway improvement, the department shall identify the owner and notify the owner in writing of the proposed improvement.
Within a specified period after the date the notice is received, the utility facility owner shall provide the department with a description and the general location of each utility facility in the proposed highway improvement right-of-way.
If a utility facility owner provides the information required under sub. (2)
, the department shall send the utility facility owner at least one set of available project plans for the proposed highway improvement, including the location of the owner's existing utility facilities.
Within a specified period after receiving the project plans, the owner shall provide the department with a work plan. The period of time within which the owner is required to provide the department with a work plan shall reflect whether the utility facility owner is required to coordinate its work plan with another utility facility owner. The work plan provided by the owner shall include all of the following:
A copy of the project plans that verifies the location of all of the owner's existing utility facilities specified on the plans by the department and that identifies the owners' proposed location of relocated or additional utility facilities within the right-of-way of the proposed improvement.
A plan and a schedule of working days necessary to obtain any approval required by a governmental agency and to accomplish any proposed relocation or adjustment required by the proposed improvement.
The department shall review and approve a work plan submitted under par. (b)
for compliance with permit requirements and to ensure that the plan is reasonable. Approval of a work plan under this paragraph does not waive any requirement for approval of the work plan by any other governmental agency. The utility facility owner shall notify the department when all required approvals have been obtained. After receiving notification that all approvals have been obtained, the department shall notify the owner of the date on which the owner may proceed with its utility facility relocation work.
The department shall notify the utility facility owner of any change in the highway improvement that requires additional relocation or adjustment of utility facilities. The department and the owner shall agree on a reasonable time to accomplish the additional work.
If additional utility facility relocation or adjustment work is required under sub. (3) (d)
, the department shall reimburse the owner for the additional work.
The project contractor shall be responsible for any damages negligently caused to a utility facility.
If the utility facility owner fails to comply with sub. (3)
, the department or its contractor shall not be liable to the owner for damages to a utility facility resulting from the highway improvement if the department or its contractor complies with s. 182.0175 (2)
, and the owner shall be liable to the department or its contractor for damages resulting from the failure to comply.
The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this section.
History: 1991 a. 39
; 1999 a. 85
See also ch. Trans 220
, Wis. adm. code.
Railroad and utility alteration and relocation loan program. 84.065(1)(1)
The purpose of this section is to promote the state's interest in preserving and improving state trunk and connecting highways by means of a program to provide loans for railroad and public utility alterations and relocations associated with highway improvement projects.
The department shall administer a loan program to assist public utilities and railroads with the costs of utility and railroad alterations and relocations that are associated with state trunk and connecting highway improvement projects and that are not subject to reimbursement by the department. The department shall have all powers necessary and convenient to implement this section, including the following powers:
To specify conditions of eligibility for loans under this section. Such conditions shall include the requirement that the utility or railroad alteration or relocation must be part of a planned state trunk or connecting highway improvement project.
To receive applications for loans under this section and to prescribe the form, nature and extent of the information which shall be contained in applications.
To establish standards for the approval of loans under this section.
To enter into loan agreements with applicants to ensure the proper use and prompt repayment of loans under this section. The loan agreement shall permit the loan to be repaid without interest before the date on which the contract for the improvement project with which the utility or railroad alteration is associated is awarded. The loan agreement shall require the payment of interest on the outstanding balance of any loan that is not repaid by the date on which that contract is awarded, accruing from the date on which that contract is awarded. Interest shall be charged at a rate equal to the weekly prime rate for the week prior to the date on which the contract is awarded, as reported by the federal reserve board in federal reserve statistical release H. 15, plus 1 percent. The loan agreement shall require repayment of the principal and payment of any accrued interest within one year of the date on which the contract is awarded.
To audit and inspect the records of loan recipients.
Subject to s. 86.255
, the department may make loans under this section from the appropriations under s. 20.395 (3) (bv)
. The total outstanding balance of loans under this section may not exceed $500,000.
The department may promulgate rules as necessary to implement this section.
See also ch. Trans 30
, Wis. adm. code.
Maintenance of state trunk highways. 84.07(1)(1)
Subject to sub. (1r)
, the state trunk highway system shall be maintained by the state at state expense. The department shall prescribe by rule specifications for such maintenance and may contract with any county highway committee or municipality to have all or certain parts of the work of maintaining the state trunk highways within or beyond the limits of the county or municipality, including interstate bridges, performed by the county or municipality, and any county or municipality may enter into such contract. Maintenance activities include the application of protective coatings, the removal and control of snow, the removal, treatment and sanding of ice, interim repair of highway surfaces and adjacent structures, and all other operations, activities and processes required on a regular, continuing basis for the preservation of the highways on the state trunk system, and including the care and protection of trees and other roadside vegetation and suitable planting to prevent soil erosion or to beautify highways pursuant to s. 66.1037
, and all routine measures deemed necessary to provide adequate traffic service. Maintenance activities also include the installation, replacement, rehabilitation, or maintenance of highway signs, highway lighting, and pavement markings, and the maintenance of traffic control signals and intelligent transportation systems. The department may contract with a private entity for services or materials or both associated with the installation, replacement, rehabilitation, or maintenance of highway signs, highway lighting, and pavement markings and the maintenance of traffic control signals and intelligent transportation systems.
Emergency repair and protection of state trunk highways.
To accomplish prompt repair, protection or preservation of any state trunk highway which has been closed or is being jeopardized by extraordinary damage by flood, structure failure, slides, or other extraordinary condition of necessity and emergency, the department may, if it is deemed for the best interest of the state, proceed at once to repair or protect the highway with forces and services of private constructors and agencies, summarily engaged by the department and cause said work to be done by negotiated contract or agreement without calling for competitive bids, provided that any such contract or agreement involving an estimated expenditure in excess of $10,000 shall be subject to approval of the governor before it becomes effective.
Mass transit system, maintenance.
When the public mass transportation system uses a state trunk highway, such facilities shall be maintained by the state at state expense in accordance with this section. Maintenance shall be performed within the highway right-of-way, upon facilities and lands within the highway corridor, and upon such terminal and parking facilities as may be reasonably adjacent to the highway corridor.
The department may enter into sponsorship agreements under s. 84.01 (36)
that require the sponsor to perform maintenance activities, in accordance with the department's standards, for the benefit of the department.
Except as provided in par. (b)
, when any county or municipality maintains the state trunk highways within or beyond the limits of the county or municipality, including interstate bridges, in compliance with the arrangement with the department, the department shall pay the actual cost of the maintenance, including the allowance for materials and the use of county or municipal machinery and overhead expenses agreed upon in advance. Except as provided in par. (b)
, the payments shall be made upon presentation by the county highway committee or municipal clerk of a properly itemized and verified account. For payments made under this paragraph, the county highway committee or municipal clerk shall present the itemized accounts for maintenance work no later than one month following the period during which the work is performed.
When any county or municipality maintains the state trunk highways within or beyond the limits of the county or municipality, including interstate bridges, in compliance with the arrangement with the department, the department and the county or municipality may agree to a payment method and terms other than that specified in par. (a)
, including payment according to a contract price for maintenance services rather than payment of the actual cost of the maintenance.
The highway patrolman shall destroy all noxious weeds as provided in s. 66.0407
on any highway which he or she patrols.
Emergency repairs; blocking streets or roads; detours.
Except in case of emergency, no city, village or town shall obstruct any street or road over which any state trunk highway is marked unless it first makes arrangements with the department for marking a detour.
County highway department maintenance capacity and funding.
The department shall work cooperatively with county highway departments to determine an appropriate level of state work sufficient to fully utilize manpower and equipment needed for winter maintenance.
Deer killed by vehicles.
The department shall establish a program for the removal and disposal of deer killed by vehicles on state trunk highways.
NOTE: 2003 Wis. Act 214
, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
Unified disadvantaged business certification program. 84.072(1)(a)
“Business" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, or corporation that is operated for profit.
“Certifying authority" means the department or, if authorized under sub. (5m)
, a municipality or county.
“Disadvantaged business" means a business that is all of the following:
At least 51 percent owned by one or more disadvantaged individuals who are U.S. citizens or persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence, as defined in 8 USC 1101
Controlled in its management and daily business operations by one or more of the disadvantaged individuals who own the business.
“Disadvantaged individual" means an individual found by a certifying authority to be socially and economically disadvantaged within the meaning given in 49 CFR 26.5
“Municipality" means a city, village, or town.