Two months after the coronavirus swept across North America, another sort of virus surfaced when TxDOT’s information resources were struck by a ransomware attack that shut down the department’s access to its letting programs and files.
To level the competitive playing field, TxDOT instituted a temporary process whereby contractors were required to submit bids manually.
The rule affected the June 4 and 5 TxDOT lettings, and AGC set up supplemental resources for members to drop off bids at the Chapter Office. TxDOT executives met virtually with AGC contractors regularly throughout the process, providing updates and refining its temporary protocols.
Complicating matters were the ongoing protests related to the death of George Floyd, which limited access to downtown Austin and temporarily shut down I-35.
TxDOT and AGC staff provided members with real-time information about the state of downtown, and members were able to handle the drop off without incident.
TxDOT IT staff were able to resume its online operations quickly and had the online letting process back up and running by the July letting.
Thomas drops bids off to the Construction Division in an AGC bag.
Greg Garrison hazards a handshake as he drops his bid off with Thomas.
Billy Cheek, Michael Bontrager, Doug Walterscheid, Steven Albright, Tracey Borders, Lee Taylor, and Jennifer Woodard.
Randy Rogers does a “drive by” on his way out of town.