39-1351. Construction contracts; bidders; qualifications; evaluation by department; powers of department.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, any person desiring to submit to the department a bid for the performance of any contract for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, maintenance, or repair of roads, bridges, and their appurtenances, which the department proposes to let, shall apply to the department for prequalification not later than ten days before the letting of the contract. The department shall determine the extent of any applicant's qualifications by a full and appropriate evaluation of the applicant's experience, equipment, financial resources, and performance record. In determining the qualification of persons to bid on any particular contract, the department shall consider the equipment and resources available for the particular contract contemplated.

(2) The department may, in its sole discretion, grant an exemption from all prequalification requirements for (a) any contract for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, maintenance, or repair of roads, bridges, and their appurtenances if the estimate of the department for such work is one hundred thousand dollars or less or (b) any contract for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, maintenance, or repair of roads, bridges, and their appurtenances if such work is of an emergency nature.

Source:Laws 1955, c. 148, § 51, p. 439; Laws 1973, LB 491, § 6; Laws 2015, LB312, § 4.