WSDOT seeks comments on proposed DBE contracting goal for highway projects

(OLYMPIA)– Contractors, trade and labor organizations, small and disadvantaged businesses and all others who may be interested in working with the Washington State Department of Transportation are invited to comment on the agency’s proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal for Federal Highway Administration contracts.

DBE goals for transportation projects that receive federal funds represent a percentage of the value of work in which minority- and women-owned businesses should participate. WSDOT is proposing a 19 percent overall DBE participation goal on Federal Highway Administration- funded projects for federal fiscal years 2018 through 2020.

Once submitted to FHWA early next year, the goal will be effective through Sept. 30, 2020.

The purpose of the DBE program is to create a level playing field for firms owned and operated by disadvantaged individuals wanting to participate in federally assisted highway, transit and aviation programs.

More information is available at WSDOT's website.