The contract award follows the bid analysis and includes the award of the contract to the selected bidder. Contract award is the commitment to go forward with the project. The award of a contract must be made to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.

The local government must formally request concurrence by TxDOT in the award of contracts. Concurrence in contract award is not just a formality; it is the authorization from TxDOT to the local government to proceed with construction.