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Prequalification Protest Not Timely Bids-protests

Tuesday, August 09, 2005 03:00 pm


A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a disappointed bidder failed to object to prequalification classifications in a timely manner.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation solicited bids for road improvements in McKean County. Each work item in the bid schedule carried a corresponding classification code from the Department's bidder prequalification system. The bid solicitation stated that in order to be eligible for contract award, a bidder must be prequalified to perform at least 50 percent of the project with its own forces.

Bob Cummins Construction Co. submitted the apparent low bid. Thirteen days later, the Department informed Cummins that its bid was not eligible for accept [...]

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