This is another “first ever” time that a question has been asked. Now, this may never come up again on a local programs project, but it also might.
The bids are supposed to be opened next week on a large and complicated project. Evidently bidders have been asking questions that are fairly substantial to the project. The local government is not sure it can get the answers out to these questions in a reasonable time before the bids are supposed to be submitted.
Now keep in mind I am not an expert in this AT ALL, and this is the answer that the TDOT Construction division gave today, and it may change in the future with different circumstances. I am also not quite sure what the issue with the project is either.
The question from the locals is can they bump the date that they open bids a week if they need to? The worst scenario would be to open the bids, reject all bidders, and rebid the project. Nobody wants that. Everybody sees everyone else’s bids, and you will never get as good of bidding as you did the first time.
The answer I got today was a guarded “yes” you can move the date bids are opened, but only as a last resort and there had better be a good reason for it. Other options would be to not even open or accept the bids and cancel the bidding. Then rebid it again. Not an ideal solution, but one that might work depending on the situation.
Again, this is a very obscure question. But even if it comes up just one more time, at least there is a precedent.