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Inquiry #1: The Type Softstop terminal system is the only in-line terminal system end treatment specified in the contract documents.
We do not agree with this. Caltrans Standard Specifications 2015, Section 6-1.05 Specific Brand or Trade Name and Substitution states "reference to a specific brand or trade name establishes a quality standard and is not intended to limit competition. You may use a product that is equal to or better than the specified trade name if authorized".
The MSKT is a Caltrans approved in-line terminal and we believe it should be allowed for use on this project.
Please review and clarify why Caltrans will only allow the proprietary Softstop on this project.
Inquiry submitted 01/23/2018
Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 01/23/2018
Your attention is directed to Section 6-1.05, Specific Brand or Trade Name and Substitution, of the Standard Specifications. Please bid per the current contract documents.
Response posted 01/24/2018
Inquiry #2: In regards to bidder inquiry #1, Response #2: "Your attention is directed to Section 6-1.05, Specific Brand or Trade Name and Substitution, of the Standard Specifications. Please bid per the current contract documents."
Thank You. This specification 6-1.05 was omitted from the contract documents for Caltrans Project 02-3H2104.
Will an addendum be issued to clarify?
Inquiry submitted 01/30/2018
No, an addendum will not be issued to clarify. Please follow the procedure for a substitution request, as detailed in the 2015 Caltrans Standard Specifications, Section 6-1.05, Specific Brand or Trade Name and Substitution. Please bid per the current contract documents.
Response posted 01/30/2018
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.
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