Yes, the online BidExpress process has been required for all sealed bids to Cobb DOT beginning October, 2014 . This online process has improved overall efficiency of the bid process.
It is free to view bids online using BidExpress. It is also free to download as many digital IDs as you need to submit bids. But, there is a $25 per bid submission fee that is paid to BidExpress. Vendors may also choose to do a monthly subscription of $50 for unlimited bids. Vendors using BidExpress will get electronic notification of all bid addendums.
Right now, plans can still be purchased at DOT in either paper form or on a CD. Plans will soon be available from the Cobb DOT website.
Vendors may continue to submit paper bid bonds or certified checks when submitting online bids. Paper bid bonds or certified checks must be turned in to the Cobb County Purchasing Department by Bid Opening time for the bid to be considered responsive.
However, with BidExpress, Vendors are strongly encouraged to use an electronic bid bond number online with their bid through BidExpress. Vendors should contact Surety 2000 or Surepath to set this up and get a valid bid bond number. Bid bond numbers will be verified through BidExpress and Vendors will be notified immediately if the bid bond number is not valid.
There is information and documents available for getting started and using BidExpress on the DOT website. Also, you can call BidExpress Customer Service at (888) 352-2439 for help or instructions or go to bidexpress.com. Info Tech’s Customer Service has been extremely helpful.
BidExpress Customer Service at (888) 352-2439 between the hours of 7:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday.
Cobb DOT will continue to maintain a plan holders list, but will only include Vendors that purchased bid documents or plans from Cobb DOT. Vendors that purchased bid documents from BidExpress will be listed on the BidExpress website.