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Inquiry #1: Is the 1 lane temporary road between the 2 temporary bailey bridges at the Ferguson Slide included in this project? Are we to grind and overlay this piece of roadway? If so, is Caltrans going to allow a full closure for this work? It is 1 lane wide with no where for construction equipment to pull off to allow traffic to pass.
Inquiry submitted 10/12/2022

Response #1:Your Inquiry has been submitted for review.
Response posted 10/13/2022


Response #2:Attention is directed to Addendum No.03 dated 11/22/2022.
Response posted 11/28/2022




Inquiry #2: Per Section 39 Asphalt Concrete of the Special Provisions, it states "The grade of asphalt binder for Type A HMA must be PG 64-28 PM". Does the HMA (Type A) for the Replace Asphalt Concrete Surfacing (Bid Item #39 - 9,160 CY), must also include the Polymer Modified Oil?
Inquiry submitted 10/24/2022

Response #1:Your Inquiry has been submitted for review.
Response posted 10/26/2022


Response #2:Per Section 39 Asphalt Concrete of the Special Provisions, the grade of asphalt binder for Type A HMA is PG 64-28 PM, including HMA (Type A) for the Replace Asphalt Concrete Surfacing (Bid Item #39). All HMA (Type A) must include the Polymer Modified Oil. Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/28/2022




Inquiry #3: Are loaded asphalt trucks permitted to cross all the bridges on this project?
Inquiry submitted 10/31/2022

Response #1:Your Inquiry has been submitted for review.
Response posted 11/01/2022


Response #2:According to the Caltrans Load Rating Summary Sheets from the Bridge Inspection Records Information System (BIRIS), the bridges within the project limits are posted as rated to accommodate the CA legal load. Caltrans Structure Maintenance & Investigations (SM&I) confirms that the bridges within the project are capable of handling legal loads. Asphalt trucks loaded to within the legal limits per the California Vehicle Code Weight Sections 35550 – 35558 (see also https://dot.ca.gov/programs/traffic-operations/legal-truck-access/weight-limitation) are permitted to cross all bridges in this project.
Response posted 11/28/2022




Inquiry #4: For bid item #39 Replace Asphalt Concrete Surfacing, where does the purchase of the asphalt material get paid for? In bid item 39 or bid item 40 Hot Mix Asphalt?
Inquiry submitted 11/02/2022

Response #1:Your Inquiry has been submitted for review.
Response posted 11/02/2022


Response #2:Attention is directed to Standard Specifications sections 39-3.02 “Replace Asphalt Concrete Surfacing” and 9-1.03 “Payment Scope”. Place your Bid as per current contract documents."
Response posted 11/28/2022




Inquiry #5: Bid items (73-78) call out for "thermoplastic" stripe and markings. Typically in the thaw-freeze areas there is only paint applied. Please advise if the stripe and markings are to be thermopolastic?
Inquiry submitted 11/02/2022

Response #1:Your Inquiry has been submitted for review.
Response posted 11/02/2022


Response #2:Per discussions during design, the threshold for snow and ice conditions is considered to be 3000'. The project site elevation is below 3000’ and snow is not anticipated common within the project area. Therefore, thermoplastic stripe is considered acceptable. Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/28/2022




Inquiry #6: Bid Item 13 Portable Changeable Message Sign is paid for as 18 EA. Please clarify "EA". Is this 18 Portable Changeable Message Signs for the duration of the project? Is it 18 Portable Changeable Message Signs for 1 Day? Typically this is a LS Item.
Inquiry submitted 11/03/2022

Response #1:Your Inquiry has been submitted for review.
Response posted 11/03/2022


Response #2:Bid Item 13 “Portable Changeable Message Sign” paid for as 18 EA is for the duration of the project. Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/28/2022




Inquiry #7: Per Bid Item #40 - Hot Mix Asphalt Concrete (Type A) and Bid Item #49 - Cold Plane Asphalt Concrete, the bid item quantities do not correspond with the existing conditions on the project. Please confirm actual quantities.
Inquiry submitted 11/07/2022

Response #1:Your inquiry has been submitted for review. Due to the scope of your inquiry and the timing of your bidder inquiry a response to your question may not be available before bid opening. If no response is given, please place your bid in accordance with the current bid documents. Attention is directed to section 1-1.01, "GENERAL" of the Standard Specifications. "After Contract approval, submit documents and direct questions to the Engineer. Orders, authorizations, and requests to the Contractor are by the Engineer."
Response posted 11/07/2022


Response #2:Cold plane operation is based on a 0.20’ standard cold plane and 0.25’ HMA (Type A) overlay across the entire project limits which correspond to the quantities contained in the plan set. Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/28/2022




Inquiry #8: With the limit of only one lane closure, one mile in length and only 180 working days, why are there various traffic control devices in excess of 180 days?
Inquiry submitted 11/07/2022

Response #1:Your inquiry has been submitted for review. Due to the scope of your inquiry and the timing of your bidder inquiry a response to your question may not be available before bid opening. If no response is given, please place your bid in accordance with the current bid documents. Attention is directed to section 1-1.01, "GENERAL" of the Standard Specifications. "After Contract approval, submit documents and direct questions to the Engineer. Orders, authorizations, and requests to the Contractor are by the Engineer."
Response posted 11/07/2022


Response #2:The estimated unit quantity of the various traffic control devices is based on the number of locations, both for reversing control and stationary control, and anticipated to be needed in both directions. Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/28/2022




Inquiry #9: Many of the bidder inquiries for this project are still open for consideration with only day(s) away from bid opening.

Will Caltrans consider postponing the bid opening to properly allow addressing all the contractor's concerns?

Inquiry submitted 11/08/2022

Response #1:Your Inquiry has been submitted for review.
Response posted 11/08/2022


Response #2:Attention is directed to Addendum No. 02 dated 11/09/2022.
Response posted 11/28/2022




Inquiry #10: On the Caltrans Advertised Projects Web Page, it states "21% DBE Requirement". However, in the project specification, Notice to Bidders it states "The DBE Contract Goal is 21 percent." Please clarify if the DBE participation percentage is a goal or requirement.


Inquiry submitted 11/09/2022

Response #1:Your Inquiry has been submitted for review.
Response posted 11/10/2022


Response #2:The bidder must meet the DBE goal of 21% to be responsive. The bidder can also be responsive if the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) determines that bidder made a good faith effort when the bidder did not meet the DBE Contract set goal.

Furthermore, if the bidder does not meet the goal and OCR determines that the bidder did not make a good faith effort, we offer the bidder a reconsideration hearing so they can explain or provide information to the reconsideration committee members on why they think they made a good faith effort. Based on the hearing results, if committee overturns OCR decision of a no-good faith effort, then the bidder is considered to be responsive.

Response posted 11/29/2022




Inquiry #11: The Special Provisions for this project allow for 180 days to complete the work. We estimate that this project will take double that at 360 days to complete the work. Will you consider adding days to the project?
Inquiry submitted 11/23/2022

Response #1:Your Inquiry has been submitted for review.
Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract bid documents.
Response posted 11/23/2022


Response #2:Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/29/2022




Inquiry #12: This project is over 26 miles in length. The Special Provisions for traffic control only allow for one "stationary one-way-reversing traffic control lane closure" for the entire length of the project. Will you consider allowing for 2 or 3 traffic control zones as long as there is a 5 mile separation?
Inquiry submitted 11/23/2022

Response #1:Your Inquiry has been submitted for review.
Response posted 11/28/2022


Response #2:Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/29/2022




Inquiry #13: The Special Provisions state "The maximum length of a single stationary one-way-reversing traffic-control lane closure is 1 mile between flaggers." Would you consider extending the length to 2 miles as long as the wait period does not exceed 10 minutes?
Inquiry submitted 11/23/2022

Response #1:Your Inquiry has been submitted for review.
Response posted 11/28/2022


Response #2:Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/29/2022




Inquiry #14: It seems as though the critical questions to create a fair bidding environment have not been answered. Does Caltrans want to proceed without providing clear answers for a project of this magnitude??
Inquiry submitted 11/28/2022

Response #1:Your inquiry has been submitted for review. Due to the scope of your inquiry and the timing of your bidder inquiry a response to your question may not be available before bid opening. If no response is given, please place your bid in accordance with the current bid documents. Attention is directed to section 1-1.01, "GENERAL" of the Standard Specifications. "After Contract approval, submit documents and direct questions to the Engineer. Orders, authorizations, and requests to the Contractor are by the Engineer."
Response posted 11/28/2022


Response #2:Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/29/2022




Inquiry #15: Inquiry #11 reads as follows: The Special Provisions for this project allow for 180 days to complete the work. We estimate that this project will take double that at 360 days to complete the work. Will you consider adding days to the project?
We share the same concern as the contractor that submitted Inquiry #11. Given the amount of MBGR work (all the locations) and paving work required and traffic control restrictions in Special Provisions of allowing the maximum length of a single stationary one-way-reversing traffic-control lane closure of 1 mile between flaggers with not more than 1 stationary one-way-reversing traffic-control lane closure will be allowed at one time.
This project is about 26 miles long please consider allowing the contractors to have more than one stationary closure at one time or doubling the contract duration to 360 days to complete the work.


Inquiry submitted 11/28/2022

Response #1:Your inquiry has been submitted for review. Due to the scope of your inquiry and the timing of your bidder inquiry a response to your question may not be available before bid opening. If no response is given, please place your bid in accordance with the current bid documents. Attention is directed to section 1-1.01, "GENERAL" of the Standard Specifications. "After Contract approval, submit documents and direct questions to the Engineer. Orders, authorizations, and requests to the Contractor are by the Engineer."
Response posted 11/28/2022


Response #2:Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/29/2022




Inquiry #16: We are in receipt of Addendum #3, which was issued on 11/22/22. The addendum does not address many of the outstanding bidder inquiries that need a proper response.

Please consider addressing the bidder inquiries as soon as possible or postponing the bid date until questions can be thoughtfully addressed.

Inquiry submitted 11/28/2022

Response #1:Your inquiry has been submitted for review. Due to the scope of your inquiry and the timing of your bidder inquiry a response to your question may not be available before bid opening. If no response is given, please place your bid in accordance with the current bid documents. Attention is directed to section 1-1.01, "GENERAL" of the Standard Specifications. "After Contract approval, submit documents and direct questions to the Engineer. Orders, authorizations, and requests to the Contractor are by the Engineer."
Response posted 11/28/2022


Response #2:Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/29/2022




Inquiry #17: The posted Caltrans estimate for this project is $21,500,000.00; however, our preliminary cost estimate for this project is approaching a total price of 50% more than than that figure. Will the state have sufficient funds to award work on this project if the final bid price is in excess of $32,000,000.00?
Inquiry submitted 11/29/2022

Response #1:Please place your bid in accordance with the current bid documents. Attention is directed to section 1-1.01, "GENERAL" of the Standard Specifications. "After Contract approval, submit documents and direct questions to the Engineer. Orders, authorizations, and requests to the Contractor are by the Engineer."
Response posted 11/29/2022


Response #2:Please place your bid in accordance with the current contract documents.
Response posted 11/29/2022


The information provided in the responses to bidder inquiries is not a waiver of Section 2-1.07, "JOB SITE AND DOCUMENT EXAMINATION" of the Standard Specifications or any other provision of the contract, nor to excuse the contractor from full compliance with the contract. Bidders are cautioned that subsequent responses or contract addenda may change a previous response.