Electronic Bidding: Construction Bids for Roads and Bridges
St. Louis County Public Works has transitioned to electronic bidding as of May 24, 2013. All Public Works bidding opportunities are now available on bidexpress.com. Submitting bids via the Bid Express website is mandatory as paper bids will not be accepted. To learn more about enrolling with bidexpress.com please click here for the quick start guide.
It is important to note this is NOT the same service the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT)uses (bidx.com). While the services are offered by the same company, the sites are vastly different in how they function. It is highly recommended new users schedule a webinar prior to bidding on bidexpress.com.
You are welcome to contact the Bid Express customer support team with any questions about the bidexpress.com service. The team can be reached by phone at 888-352-BIDX (2439) or by email at email@example.com.
Electronic or traditional paper bid bonds or checks will be accepted as a bid guarantee.
Electronic Bid Bonds:
To utilize the Electronic Bid Bond option, please contact either Surety 2000 at 800-660-3263 or firstname.lastname@example.org or InSure Vision Technologies at 818-783-3460 or email@example.com
Traditional Paper Bid Bonds or Certified Check:
Bidders may send a hard copy by mail or other delivery method, either as a corporate surety bond or a certified check made payable to the St. Louis County Auditor. If not submitted electronically, the proposal guaranty must be received at: St. Louis County Public Works Department, 4787 Midway Road, Duluth, MN 55811, in a sealed envelope marked clearly with the name of the bidder, type of work, and project number by 4:00 p.m. CST the day prior to the specified date of opening.
As of August 1, 2015, St. Louis County Public Works has transitioned to advertising all quote solicitations on the Bid Express® website. A Request for Quotes (RFQ) is defined as an informal solicitation, not subject to formal bidding requirements as set forth in Minn. Stat. § 16C.02. To differentiate between regular bid solicitations and quote solicitations, the project title for quotes will have “Quote (RFQ)” behind the project number. Please check Bid Express® weekly if you are interested in providing a quote for these solicitations, as they will not be advertised the same as regular projects with St. Louis County Public Works.
Watch Electronic Bid Openings LIVE!
Previously, you could join the bid opening electronically however it was not available on your SmartPhone. The old method will be going away soon.
This new method allows you to join in from either your Computer or from your SmartPhone. This method is available NOW!
From your computer:
If you would like to view the bid opening for a given project from your computer, you can do so at https://www.join.me/. In the “Join A Meeting” box, type in SLC_PW_Bid_Opening and the site will bring you to the bid opening meeting.
From your SmartPhone:
Download the free Join.me app from the App Store. Click on the Join.me app. Click on the meeting code box under the green ‘Join’ title and type in SLC_PW_Bid_Opening and click ‘Join’ or ‘Connect’. Once you have typed the meeting name in once, it will appear in the dropdown box for future times so you can select it from the dropdown. In order to hear the sound, you must click the telephone icon and select “Call by phone”. Click on ‘CALL’ and the SmartPhone will make the phone call and dial the “Conference ID” number for you for the meeting. You should then be able to see and hear the bid opening.
Once the bids have been opened, the results will be available on bidexpress.com. Our department will also post a copy of the bid summary on https://egram.stlouiscountymn.gov by 5pm CST the date of the bid letting. This bid summary includes the engineer’s estimate and the apparent low bidder for the specified project. Once the project has been officially awarded by the Board to the low bidder, the project bid abstract will be available on https://egram.stlouiscountymn.gov. Please note that the award date is typically several weeks after a bid opening takes place.