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Inquiry #1: Can CalTrans please explain why this project was cancelled on Friday 9/14 and re-advertised on Monday 9/17, and outline what contractual changes were made to the project?
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#1)-No contractual changes were made. There was a blank amendment file included in the download that shouldn’t have been there and couldn’t be deleted any other way
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #2: Can CalTrans please explain why this project was cancelled on Friday 9/14 and re-advertised on Monday 9/17, and outline what contractual changes were made to the project?
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#2)-No contractual changes were made. There was a blank amendment file included in the download that shouldn’t have been there and couldn’t be deleted any other way
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #3: Is there a pre-bid site visit scheduled for the project? If not, does CalTrans permit bidders to enter the project area in order to familiarize themselves with site conditions?
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#3)-No, there is no pre bid site visit scheduled for this contract.

The bidder is allowed to inspect existing site conditions in any way that is legally allowed for any member of the public.

Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #4: Are bidders to disregard all responses given on the previous project advertisement? Are bidders advised to resubmit these questions? Have they been addressed in this re-advertisement?
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#4)-The only change made to the contract was the removal of a blank amendment file. Feel free to submit any inquiries.
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #5: CalTrans has granted 15 calendar days from advertisement to bid date with no site visit scheduled and a DBE participation/good faith effort requirement. Please extend the bid date at least 2 weeks to allow an adequate response.
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#5)-No bid date extension is scheduled at this time. There were no contractual changes. The bid you have been working on since the original bid date of 9/4/18 is still valid.
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #6: Please confirm that pipe piles are uncoated.

Please confirm that the new structural steel and miscellaneous metal is uncoated.

Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#6)-Per section 75 of the Standard Specifications, Miscellaneous Metal (Bridge) is required to be galvanized. New Piling and Structural Steel are not required to have any coatings. Please bid per the current contract documents.
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #7: Please confirm that field installation/welding of the various bracket attachments to piles and the steel structure is allowed.
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#7)- Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #8: Is the 4x12 HDPE timber a nominal or literal dimension?

Will alternate HDPE sizing be allowed such as 5x10?

Will Caltrans consider removing the requirement for a wood grain finish on the HDPE?

Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#8)-The 4x12 HDPE timber is a nominal dimension. Bid per contract documents.

No, alternate HDPE sizing will NOT be allowed. Bid per contract documents.

No, Caltrans will not reconsider the requirement for a wood grain finish on the HDPE. The wood grain finish is a part of the approved project’s Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (SOIS) Action Plan.

Please bid per current contract documents

Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #9: Has Caltrans provided any laydown area for this project?
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#9)-Your attention is directed to section 5-1.32, “Areas For Contractor’s Use,” of the Standard Specifications. There is no designated staging area. It’s your responsibility to make arrangements for any staging areas needed.
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #10: Please confirm that there is no CIDH or CISS pile work on this project.
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#10)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #11: Please confirm that the lead compliance plan is associated with the spot blast clean and paint undercoat item only.
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#11)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #12: Is a waste profile available for the treated wood waste?
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#12)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/17/2018


Response #2:
Your attention is directed to section 14-11.14 of the Standard Specifications and the Special Provisions for information regarding treated wood waste.
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #13: Please specify where the bidder can find information on pile splicing specifications and/or limitations.
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#13)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #14: It would offer cost advantages if the contractor will be allowed to raise the bridge span in order to complete portions of the work. Please allow span lifts for the contractor to accomplish this work in the most cost-effective manner.
Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#14)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/17/2018


Response #2:
To avoid major traffic impacts between the City of West Sacramento and Sacramento, the bridge lift spans cannot be raised. Please bid per the current contract documents.
Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #15: The specs note this is a cost + time bid. Please explain how the bidder shall bid time over 2 seasons so that it is clear how many days per season are being bid.

Further, please explain how CalTrans will value and evaluate the time component of bids.

Inquiry submitted 09/17/2018

Response #1:
(#15)-Your attention is directed to the BID book and section 3-1.02A of the Standard Specifications for information regarding the time component of the bid.

It’s up to you to determine the total number of days needed to complete the work, given the work windows specified in the contract.

Response posted 09/17/2018




Inquiry #16: we have read the specializations and understand the work has to be completed with the bridge down , however it needs to be clarified the contractor and or supplier will be allowed a normal bridge opening to pass under the bridge , it is still a navigable water way ,correct
Inquiry submitted 09/18/2018

Response #1:
(#16)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/18/2018


Response #2:
Yes, it is a navigable waterway and the contractor or supplier will be allowed a normal bridge opening to pass under the bridge.
Response posted 09/18/2018




Inquiry #17: Is an AISC certification required for any of the metal or structural steel fabrication or installation?
Inquiry submitted 09/18/2018

Response #1:
(#17)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/19/2018




Inquiry #18: Will the floating dock adjacent and underneath the bridge be removed to allow room for barges next to the pier?
Inquiry submitted 09/18/2018

Response #1:
(#18)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/19/2018


Response #2:
Your attention is directed to the Information Handout under “Encroachment Permits,” “State Lands Commission Right of Way Contract,” for information regarding the removal of agency owned property. It is your responsibility to make arrangements with the owner for removal of property.
Response posted 09/19/2018




Inquiry #19: Per the response to inquiry #8, is there a guidance on the type/style of wood grain finish that is desired for the HDPE?

For the nominal dimension, what are the minimum literal dimensions acceptable for the HDPE and what is the acceptable tolerance?

Inquiry submitted 09/18/2018

Response #1:
(#19)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/19/2018




Inquiry #20: Where can the bidder find specifications for plastic lumber and fiberglass grating?

What is the desired color for the fiberglass grating?

Inquiry submitted 09/18/2018

Response #1:
(#20)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/19/2018




Inquiry #21: Please allow the Stainless steel hardware to be replaced with HDG steel hardware. SS is susceptible to galling and is problematic. HDG is widely used in much harsher environments than this project. This would also represent a significant cost savings to the state.
Inquiry submitted 09/18/2018

Response #1:
(#21)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/19/2018




Inquiry #22: Can the original bid bond be mail to you prior to the bidding date? If mail in bid bond is acceptable, do we still need to use electronic submission?
Inquiry submitted 09/19/2018

Response #1:
(#22)-Yes, Caltrans still accepts paper bonds. Needs to be delivered to the Department of Transportation, 1727 30 Street, MS 43, Sacramento, CA 95816, prior to bid opening.

Submit one of the following forms of bidder's security equal to at least 10 percent of the bid:
1. Cash
2. Cashier's check
3. Certified check
4. Signed bidder's bond by an admitted surety insurer
5. For an electronic bid, electronic bidder's bond by an admitted surety insurer submitted using an electronic registry service approved by the Department.

Submit cash, cashier’s check, certified check, or bidder's bond to the Department at the Bidders Exchange before the bid opening time.
Submit electronic bidder’s bond with the electronic bid.
If you submit a paper bond, in the “Bid to the Department of Transportation” for #2, Bidder submits…. use the drop down arrow and select “Bidder’s Bond”

Response posted 09/19/2018




Inquiry #23: A follow up question to the bid bond, if we can mail this in, do we also need to submit it electronically?
Inquiry submitted 09/19/2018

Response #1:
(#23)-If you submit a paper bond, you do not need to submit an Electronic Bid Bond, BUT, you do need to select “Bid Bond” in the “Bid to the Department of Transportation” folder.

When you scroll down to #2, it states “Bidder submits this bid with one of the following forms of bidder’s security equal to at least 10 percent of the bid:” Use the drop down arrow and select “Bidder’s Bond”.

This will show that a Bid Bond will be mailed to Caltrans Office Engineer, prior to bid opening.

Response posted 09/19/2018




Inquiry #24: Please clarify what scope is included in the bid item for treated wood waste vs. the bid item for bridge removal.
Inquiry submitted 09/19/2018

Response #1:
(#24)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/20/2018


Response #2:
Your attention is directed to sections 14-11.14 and 60-2.02 of the Standard Specifications and Special Provisions for information regarding treated wood waste and bridge removal.

The contractor is paid for removing part of the bridge under bid item 600114, “Bridge Removal (Portion).” If there are components of the bridge that contain treated wood waste, the contractor is entitled to additional compensation for the handling and disposal of the treated wood waste.

Response posted 09/20/2018




Inquiry #25: Due to the Dbe requirements we request a 2 week extension to allow the smaller firms the time required to properly price Items 17 and 21
Inquiry submitted 09/20/2018

Response #1:
(#25)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/21/2018




Inquiry #26: 1. Section 10-1.03 stipulated that all work has to be performed between July 5 and October 30th. Same section further stipulates that Pier 6 to be done in first construction season and work on Pier 7 to be performed during the second construction season. As per the maximum number of working days allowed (240), meeting this requirement (completing one pier during one season and the other pier during the following season) is not possible as there will be only one construction season/window (July 5th thru October 31st 2019). Either delete this requirement or increase the maximum number of working days by 250 each.

2. Please provide all bidder’s inquiries and responses on this contract including the ones that were sent and responded earlier.

3. We request that the bid opening date be postponed by 2 weeks. As the 2018 construction season will be finished even if the bid is opened on the current date, we see no downside in postponing the bid opening date.

4. Section 14-6.03C requires Sound monitoring and attenuation. Please clarify if the sound attenuation work (bubble curtains or other means and methods for sound attenuation) will be still needed if there is no impact pile driving and the contractors use vibratory hammers or other non-impact equipment to get the piles down to the required tip elevation.

Inquiry submitted 09/20/2018

Response #1:
(#26)-Your inquiry has been received and is being reviewed.
Response posted 09/21/2018


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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