Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Insurance Requirements

The Iowa DOT standard specifications require that the Contractor shall have liability insurance covering all construction operations and that a "Certificate of Insurance" be on file with the Contracting Authority prior to awarding a contract.  Prime contractors will "flow down" this requirement to their subcontractors as part of the subcontract agreement. The minimum coverage according to Iowa DOT SS 1107.02:

General Liability, including: Independent Contractors Contractual Liability, Products and Completed Operations


$500,000  Each Occurance
$500,000  Aggregate


$250,000  Each Occurance
$250,000  Aggregate



$750,000  Each Occurance
$750,000  Aggregate

Workmen's compensation insurance will be required according to the State of Iowa.  Railroad liability insurance may be needed when the project is on the railroad right of way. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Annual DBE Goals

The Iowa DOT is in the process of setting the annual DBE Goals for the 2015 - 2017 fiscal year.  There will be a public meeting on Friday, May 16th to discuss the proposed goal.  The link to the notice can be found here.

The proposed goal is 5.75%.  The current goal is 4.6%.  The methodology of how the goal percentage was calculated is linked below:

The goal percentage boils down to a cold calculation of determining the number of ready and willing DBE firms divided by the number of all businesses in the same highway construction marketplace. The Iowa DOT is seeking public comment on this methodology. 

Also there is a need for any specific examples of the effects of discrimination on opportunities. What percentage of your work has DBE goals?  Is the industry becoming more or less accepting of women and minorities?  How are your dealings with financial institutions?  

Please take the time to send comments to:

Karen Kienast 
Office of Employee Services, Civil Rights Team 
Iowa Department of Transportation 
800 Lincoln Way 
Ames, Iowa 50010

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Iowa DOT Email Alerts

The Iowa Department of Transportation, Office of Contracts has an option to receive automatic notices when pre-bid information becomes available.  I have signed up for all the notifications and I can tell you it does give your inbox a work out.  I particularly like the eligible bidders list that gets sent prior to the letting.  This list is much more usable than the information posted on Bid Express. 

To sign-up go to