Attention: Roadway Material, Traffic Control and Safety Device Vendors


Currently, TxDOT procures roadway materials and traffic control and safety devices through the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Smart-Buy Program (as provided for under Chapter 2155, Government Code).

Letting Process Change

Over the next year, this process will change to the highway improvement low-bid contract letting and award process described in Transportation Code, Chapter 223. Smart-Buy will no longer be utilized for future roadway materials and traffic control and safety devices contracts because Transportation Code, Section 223.001, requires TxDOT to submit for competitive bids each contract for:

  1. The improvement of a highway that is part of the state highway system; or
  2. Materials to be used in the construction or maintenance of that highway.

For more information about TxDOT's highway improvement contracts, read the Texas Administrative Code Title 43 Chapter 9 Contracts and Grant Management (43 TAC Chapter 9).

Learn more about TxDOT's letting process.

Important Steps

The following are important steps you will need to take in order to bid on a roadway materials or traffic control and safety device contract.

  1. As stated in 43 TAC RULE §9.12, bidders must be prequalified to bid on a highway improvement contract.

    Learn more about contractor prequalification.

    If you have questions about this process, please contact TxDOT's Construction Division at (512) 416-2584 or by email.

    You can also contact TxDOT's Maintenance Division at (512) 416-3300 or by email.

  2. The department's process for advertisement and issuance of bid forms is explained in 43 TAC RULE §9.13

    Official advertisement platform is the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD).

    Learn more about preparing a bid. These roadway material or traffic control and safety device contracts will either be a state or local let maintenance contract.

    If you have questions about this process, please contact TxDOT's Construction Division at (512) 416-2584 or by email. You can also contact TxDOT's Maintenance Division at (512) 416-3300 or by email.

  3. The process to submit bids is outlined in 43 TAC RULE §9.14.

    There are two acceptable methods to submit bids to TxDOT: electronic or manual.

    • Electronic bidding: To bid on a TxDOT project electronically, you will need an iCX administrative account; however, you must first be qualified through Step 1 to receive an account. Learn more about the Electronic Bidding System.
    • Manual bidding: To bid on a TxDOT project manually, you can either request a bid form through iCX or you can contact the office that is listed on the advertisement after you have completed the prequalification process. You will return your bid to that office.

  4. Bids must be received by the letting official at the time and location specified in the advertisement. The process is outlined in 43 TAC RULE §9.15.

Contact Us

For all other inquiries, please contact TxDOT's Maintenance Division at (512) 416-3300 or by email.