BIDDER'S INQUIRIES & RESPONSES
DISTRICT 11 CONSTRUCTION
CONTRACT NO:  11-080914
ROUTE / KP 11-SD-15-M35.4/M38.7 
LOCATION In San Diego County In San Diego From Camino Del Norte Undercrossing To 0.5 Km North Of Rancho Bernardo Road Undercrossing.
DESCRIPTION Construct Managed Lanes Middle Unit 2.
ESTIMATE $ 54,000,000.00
DESIGN SEQUENCING PROJECT
ADVERTISE DATE 11/24/03
BID OPENING 02/19/0404/22/0405/13/0405/20/04   06/10/04
FINAL POSTING 06/09/04    @   17:20

BID RESULTS
  1 
FCI CONSTRUCTOR/BALFOUR BEATTY, A JOINT VENTURE $ 67,837,529.00
2
YEAGER SKANSKA INC. $ 68,145,747.00
3
COFFMAN SPECIALTIES, INC. $ 68,775,009.00
4
C.C. MYERS, INC. $ 70,724,221.50
5
STEVE P. RADOS, INC. $ 72,976,248.00

The Caltrans District 11 Office is located at 2829 Juan Street, San Diego, CA 92110. The mailing address is P.O. Box 85406, San Diego, CA 92186-5406. The District 11 Duty Senior telephone number is (619) 688-6635. Please submit all inquiries in the proper format by fax to (619) 688-6988 or e-mail to:
Duty_Senior_Const_District11@dot.ca.gov.
The responses to bidder' inquiries, unless incorporated into a formal addenda to the contract, are not a part of the contract and are provided for the bidder's convenience only. In some instances, the question and answer may represent a summary of the matters discussed rather than a word-for-word recitation. The responses may be considered along with all other information furnished to prospective bidders for the purpose of bidding on the project. The availability or use of information provided in the responses to bidder' inquiries is not to be construed in any way as a waiver of the provisions of Section 2-1.03 of the Standard Specifications or any other provision of the contract, the plans, Standard Specifications or Special Provisions, nor to excuse the contractor from full compliance with those contract requirements. Bidders are cautioned that subsequent responses or contract addenda may affect or vary a response previously given.
Caltrans District 11 Construction Department has developed this method of answering Bidder's Inquiries to better serve the needs of the Contractors who bid on our Projects. Caltrans District 11 Construction Department will post all of the questions submitted by any of the contractors that are registered Planholders for that Contract, but reserves the right to not answer any questions deemed unsatisfactory for public viewing.
The BIDDER'S INQUIRIES & RESPONSES will be updated continuously and all attempts will be made to do the final posting by 15:00 on Wednesday prior to the bid opening.
INFORMATION AVAILABLE
 FACT SHEET
 BID ITEMS
 SPECIALS
 PLANS
 PLANHOLDERS
Interstate 15 Managed Lanes
 CROSS SECTIONS
     
 MIBs
 
ADDENDUM

 ADDENDUM NO.1 02/03/04
 ADDENDUM NO.2
02/05/04
 ADDENDUM NO.3
04/02/04
 ADDENDUM NO.4
04/05/04
ADDENDUM NO.5
04/14/04
ADDENDUM NO.6
05/07/04
ADDENDUM NO.7
05/17/04
ADDENDUM NO.8
05/28/04
ADDENDUM NO.9
           06/04/04

BIDDER'S INQUIRY SUBMITTAL FORM
 

Inquiry No.
Inquiry
 1
Q:12/22/03
    R:12/22/03
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

When will the cross sections be available and where?

  • Cross sections are available as of 12/22/03 and can be downloaded for printing from the link above at any local printing firm or on your own printing equipment:
      MESA BLUEPRINT
       5560 Ruffin Road Suite 5
        San Diego, CA 92123
       (858) 541-1500    FAX (858) 278-0558
       e-mail to  plot@mesablueprint.com San Diego, CA 92123
 2
Q:12/22/03
    R:01/20/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS =Bid Items # 29, 30, 31, 32.

Please explain the differences between bid items # 29, 30, 32. ( Item #  31 is
self explanatory ), But the others seem to duplicate each other !!

  • Items are as per the item description for items #29 Remove Traffic Stripe and #30 Remove Pavement Marking. Item 32 will be eliminated through an addendum and it's quantities will be added to items 29 and 30 as appropriate.   
3
Q:12/29/03
    R:01/20/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=sec. 5-1.13 Force Account Payment

Will there be an amendment to adjust the force account rates for subcontractors works?

  • No, there will not be any amendment. Per the last Paragraph of the section 5-1.13 Force Account Payment of the Special Provisions, the following applies:

  • When extra work to be paid for on a force account basis is performed by a subcontractor, approved in conformance with the provisions in Section 8-1.01, "Subcontracting," of the Standard Specifications, an additional markup of 7 percent will be added to the total cost of that extra work including all markups specified in this section, "Force Account Payment".  The additional 7 percent markup shall reimburse the Contractor for additional administrative costs associated with the work being performed by a subcontractor, and no other additional payment will be made.
 4
Q:12/29/03
 R:01/20/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Cross sections CN-1A

The cross sections CN-1A (001 to 007) posted on Caltrans internet site are different from the bid drawings (sheets 16, 32, 503, 504) (position of the retaining wall and slopes). 
Is it possible to obtain the cross sections that correspond to the bid drawings, or to obtain an addendum that modifies the bid drawings according to the cross sections posted online?

  • The cross sections uploaded should address this inquiry.
5
Q:12/29/03
    R:05/17/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Cross sections CV-2A

On cross sections CV-2A (001 to 013), the retaining wall data (RW 379L) is omitted and is qualified as "done by others".
Which is correct: the cross sections or the bid drawings?
If the bid drawings prevail, is it possible to get a revised version of the cross sections?
 

  • Please refer to addendum No 6.
6
Q:01/05/04
    R:05/17/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference =

1. Contract requires hub "Conforming with details shown onplans and as specified in these special provisions."
No hub drawings are included in bid package received from Caltrans headquarters, and hub dimentions are not included in provisions. Please advise.
 

  • Please refer to addendum No 6.
 7
Q:01/05/04
  R:05/17/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference = Item 126 Structure Concrete Retaining Wall Item 133 Swirled Plaster Texture
Contract Plan Sheet 494 of 911 (sheet Q-6)
Contract Plan Sheets 500 thru 540 of 911 (sheets R-1 thru R-41)
Engineer's Estimate of Quantities
Special Provisions Section 10-1.55 Concrete Structures

1) The quantities shown on sheet 494 do not equal the quantities
given in the Engineer's Estimate of Quantities to be used in the proposal.
Both Items 126 and 133 are designated as final pay items.  Is an addendum to
be issued to adjust the summary of quantities shown on sheet 494 or the
Engineer's Estimate prior to the bid?
2) Retaining walls 364L, 370L, 374L, 377R, and 394R listed on sheet 494 are
not included in the details shown for retaining walls shown on sheets 500
thru 540.  Will details for these retaining walls be provided prior to bid
time?  If not, how will the contractor be compensated for variations from
the walls that are shown to the ones that are not shown to be handeled?

  •  Please refer to addendum No 6.
 8
Q:01/06/04
    R:01/06/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference = SPECIAL PROVISION SECTION:PRE-BID QUALIFICATION QUESTIONAIRE,PG 63

1)WHO DO WE CALL TO MAKE SURE THE QUESTIONAIRE WAS RECIEVED ON TIME? 
2) 2ND PARAGRAPH,"SO THE INFORMATION IS RECIEVED BY THE DEPARTMENT NOT LATER   THEN 4:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 6,2003"? SHOULD THIS BE 2004?

  • IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN 4:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 6,2004. 

  • RENEE SMITH AT (916)227- 6296 COULD BE CONTACTED FOR CONFIRMING THAT THE QUESTIONNAIRE WAS RECEIVED ON TIME.
9
Q:01/20/04
    R:05/17/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference = Contract Page #312 Section 10-3.16 HUB CABINET

First sentence reads "The hub cabinet consists of prefabricated aboveground
aluminum structure with an in-ground concrete basement conforming with the
details shown on the plans and as specified in these special provisions or
as directed by the Engineer". Line item # 12) reads "Commercial quality EIA 482mm (19-inch) racks of the quality, dimension and placement as shown on the plans".
Line item # 13), 14) ".........shown on plans......." Instructions to refer to plans are throughout this section and there are no
plans/drawing(s) of the electrical hub included in the package. As our Bid package is still in the same condition as it was received from Caltrans, perhaps the Hub drawing pages were unintentionally left out of our package.
Item can not be bid without drawings.

  •  Please refer to addendum No 6.
10
Q:01/21/04
    R:03/18/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference = Section 5-1.13 force account payment 

How does the subcontractor get reinbursed for the time related overhead (TRO) portion of force account work? is it the State's intent to have the subcontractor's bid a portion of the TRO? 

  • The subcontractor does not get reimbursed for time related overhead (TRO) for work (or portions thereof) performed under FORCE ACCOUNT PAYMENT, Section 5-1.13 of the special provisions.  It is also not the intent of the State to have subcontractors bid on portions of the TRO. 
          Per Section 5-1.13, FORCE ACCOUNT PAYMENT, of the special provisions " When 
          extra work to be paid for on a force account basis is performed by a subcontractor, 
          approved in conformance with the provisions in Section 8-1.01, "Subcontracting," of 
          the Standard Specifications, an additional markup of 7 percent will be added to the 
          total cost of that extra work including all markups specified in this section, "Force 
          Account Payment".  The additional 7 percent markup shall reimburse the Contractor for
          additional administrative costs associated with the work being performed by a 
          subcontractor, and no other additional payment will be made".

          In another words, the 7 percent markup does not apply to the prime contractor but to the
   subcontractor when he/she performs work under FORCE ACCOUNT PAYMENT, 
          Section 5-1.13 of the special provisions. 
 

11
Q:01/21/04
    R:03/18/04
    R:04/07/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference = Special Provision Section 5-1.13, page
88, paragraph 3

Standard Specifications Section 9-1.03A, para 2, allows markup of
33% to Labor, 15% to material, & 15% to equipment rental.  The Special
Provisions Section 5-1.13, page 88, appears to reduce markups to 28/10/10,
an overall reduction of 5%.   Subcontractors performing work on force
account basis will be suffering a 5% decrease in compensation.  How will the
Subcontractors be compensated for this 5% decrease in compensation for force account work?

  • The subcontractor will not be suffering a 5% decrease.  Per paragraph No. 3 of Section 5-1.13, FORCE ACCOUNT PAYMENT,  an additional markup of 7 percent will be added to the total cost of that extra work including all markups specified in this section, "Force Account Payment". 
    The 7 percent markup is compensation for the subcontractor exclusively  when he/she
   performs work under FORCE ACCOUNT PAYMENT,  Section 5-1.13 of the special 
   provisions. 
  • Upon an award and approval of a state construction contract, the prime contractor has a binding contractual obligation to abide by any and all contract requirements, such as above. A subcontractor on the otherhand is not bound by the above markups in order to negotiate a profitable contract with the prime contractor. 
12
Q:01/26/04
    R:01/04/04
    R:06/09/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference = 

1)WHEN WILL THE DISTRICT PUBLISH THE LIST OF THE PREQUALIFIED CONTRACTORS PER SECTION 2-1.012?
2)ESCROW OF BID DOCUMENTS, SECTION 2-1.03, AS IT WAS DONE IN CONTRACT # 08-334844, (215/60/91), ALSO A "DESIGN SEQUENCING" PROJECT, WE ARE REQUESTING THAT THE SUBMITTAL OF THE FIRST, SECOD, AND THIRD BIDDER BID DOCUMENTS BE SET FOR THE FIRST MONDAY FOLLOWING THE BID OPENING (INSTEAD FOR FIRST WEDNESDAT).

  • 1) Per section 2-1.013 "PRE-BID QUALIFICATION REVIEW" of the Special provisions, "Not later than fourteen (14) days after the submittal date specified in "Pre-Bid Qualification Questionnaire" of these special provisions, the Department will inform each prospective bidder of the determination of the bidder's qualification to submit bids for this project." 
    2) Per section 2-1.03 "ESCROW OF BID DOCUMENTATION" escrow of the bid documents shall be set for the first Monday Wednesday following the bid opening, unless there is a special circumstance causing the State to postponed the date. 
13
Q:01/26/04
    R:05/17/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference =

Retaining Walls 364L, 370L, 374L, 377R, and 394R are listed on sheet 494 of 911 in the “Retaining Wall Quantities” summary table. These walls are also shown on the layout plans, but there are no details to be found. Please provide details for these walls.

  •  Please refer to addendum No 6.
14
Q:01/26/04
    R:05/25/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference =PC/PS I-Girders, plan #894 & 895

Note on plans, reference girder bearing face reads "Bevel bearing
face to be level after placement on supports".
Can you remove this requirement, so that girder bearing faces will be cast
horizontal (ie. parallel to girder soffit)?
 

  • The answer is "No".  The surfaces of the girders and abutments which are in contact with the bearing pads must be level in both the longitudinal and transverse directions.  The slope of the soffit is too extreme to allow the bearing surfaces to be parallel to the bridge soffit.
15
Q:01/28/04
    R:06/04/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference =Special Provisions, Section 10-4, "Televise Sewer"

Special Provisions, 10-4.02, Page 342 refers to "The Contract lump sum price", yet there is no bid item in the "engineer Estimate" for "Televise Sewer". Please clarify.

  • There is no contract item for "Televise Sewer". A CCO will modify the Special Provisions section 10-4.02 and address the "Televise Sewer" work.   
16
Q:01/29/04
    R:04/07/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference =SPECIAL PROVISION SECTION 2-1.013

PLEASE PROVIDE THE LIST OF CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PRE-QUALIFIED FOR THIS DESIGN SEQUENCE PROJECT.

  • Please refer to the response to question 12.
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Q:01/29/04
    R:04/07/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=SPECIAL PROVISION SECTION 2-1.013

PLEASE PROVIDE THE LIST OF CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PRE-QUALIFIED FOR THIS DESIGN SEQUENCE PROJECT.

  • Please refer to the response to question 12.
18
Q:01/30/04
    R:04/07/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=GENERAL QUESTION:

IN TALKING W/ THE DUTY SENIOR ON 1-26-04, IT IS OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT AN ADDENDA WILL BE ISSUED POSTPONING THE BID DATE UNTIL MID APRIL. WE WOULD APPRECIATE AN IMMEDIATE ADDENDA FOR THE POSTPONMENT. THIS WILL BETTER ENABLE US TO SCHEDULE OUR WORK FORCES EFFECTIVELY.

  • This question has been addressed by the addenda issued. 
19
Q:02/04/04
    R:04/07/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Section 2-1.02 prebid Qualification Questionnaire.

1. If the bid opening is postponed, will the qualification period be reopened?
2. If a contractor has been prequalified to bid a design sequencing project, in the last several months, and failed to submit for prequalification in the time indicated in the special provisions, would the State consider qualifying the contractor based on its previous standing? 

  • This question has been addressed by the addenda issued. 
20
Q:04/02/04
    R:05/17/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Items 64, 66, 67, 126, 133, 149, & 224

Retaining wall items 64, 66, 67, 126, 133, 149, & 224 are designated as Final Pay items.  However, details for walls 364L, 370L, 374L, 377R, & 394R will not be provided until 30 or 60 days after approval of the contract.  Since there are no details for these walls for the Contractor to verify the Department’s quantities, how will variations in quantities, if they are encountered, be handled once the Contractor receives the missing plans?  Will the matter be dealt with by change order since the issuance of Phases II to IV will be by change order anyway as stated in the Special Provisions?  Or will the Final Pay quantity (and dollar amount) be adjusted to reflect the actual quantity per Standard Specification 9-1.015?  In any case, the Contractor should not be held accountable for quantities he cannot confirm.
 

  • Please refer to addendum No 6.
21
Q:04/02/04
    R:05/18/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= 166, Prepare and Paint Concrete, Summary of Quantities sheet 494

Exactly what is to be painted under the Prepare and Paint Concrete item?  Are the barriers painted?  Are these included in the quantities given in the Summary of Quantities on sheet 494?  Is wall 377R not to be painted since no quantity was given?  If it is, will the Engineer’s Estimate and Summary of Quantities be revised?

  •  Please refer to addendum No 6.
22
Q:04/02/04
    R:05/17/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= 133(F), Swirled Plaster Texture, Summary of Quantities sheet 494

The Swirled Plaster Texture quantities for walls 379L, 390L and 394R total 2,075 M2 but the Prepare and Paint Concrete quantities for the same walls total 1,321 M2.  Does this mean that the Swirled Plaster Texture does not get painted?  Which quantities are correct?  Are walls 376R, 380R and 392R not to receive Swirled Plaster Texture since no quantities were given?  If they are, will the Engineer’s Estimate and Summary of Quantities be revised?
 

  • Please refer to addendum No 6.
23
Q:04/07/04
    R:04/07/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Special Provisions Section 5-1.13 Force
Account Payment

Answer to Question 11 contradicts wording in section 5-1.13 of
special provisions, last sentence of paragraph 6, which reads "The
additional 7 percent markup shall reimburse THE CONTRACTOR for additional
administrative costs, and no other additional payment will be made by reason
of performance of the extra work by a subcontractor."  As currently being
applied, the subcontractors are receiving only the reduced markups of
28/10/10 which reduces allowable markup to subcontractor by 5%. Please
clarify how the subcontractor, using current Caltrans billing form, bills
for, and receives the additional 7%, or is it the intent of Caltrans that
the Subcontractor receives only the markup of 28/10/10 and the Prime
Contractor receives the 7%?
 

  • Please refer to the response to question 11.
 
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Q:04/14/04
    R:06/04/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

1.  The quantity for Item 224 (F), Concrete Barrier (Type 732 Modified), given in the Engineer’s Estimate is 3,514 m but quantities shown on sheets 493, 494 and on the bridge plans total 5,859 m.  Neither of these quantities can be confirmed until the following inconsistencies are clarified:
•       The barriers on top of walls 363R and 388L are listed as Type 732 Modified on sheet 494 but on sheets 503 and 526 they are called out as Type 26A Modified.  Which is correct?
•       The barrier on top of wall 390L is listed as Type 26A Modified on sheet 494 but on sheet 530 it is called out as Type 732 Modified.  Which is correct?
•       The barrier on top of wall 392R is listed as both Type 732 Modified and Type 26A Modified.  The barrier is called out as Type 732 Modified on sheet 532.  Which is correct?
•       The barrier length on top of wall 377R is listed as 300 m on sheet 494 but the length determined from stations on sheet 36 is 198 m.  Which is correct?
•       The barrier length on top of wall 379L is listed as 288 m on sheet 494 but the length determined from sheets 509 to 512 is 214 m.  Which is correct?
•       The barrier length on top of wall 380R is listed as 152 m on sheet 494 but the length determined from sheets 513 to 525 is 819 m.  Which is correct?
•       The barrier length on top of wall 388L is listed as 152 m on sheet 494 but the length determined from sheets 526 to 529 is 242 m.  Which is correct?

  • Wall 388L is replaced by a steeper than 1:2 cut per Geotechnical Recommendation. Please refer to addendum No 6 for the latest information.
•       The length of wall 364L is 383 m based on the given stations.  Station 363+57.218 lies south of the “CDN” line shown on L-2.  Shouldn’t the beginning of the wall start at station 364+57.218 rather than 363+57.218?   This would make the barrier and the wall 283 m long.
•       The barrier lengths for the Access Ramp Walls on sheet 811 do not match the lengths shown on the wall plan sheets, 812 to 830.  Which quantities are correct?
2.  Concrete barriers are shown on top of walls 363R, 379L, & 388L on sheets 503, 509, & 526 respectively.  Concrete barrier quantities are given for missing walls 370L, 374L, & 394R on sheet 494.  All of these walls support cuts for the highway.  Is this correct?  Shouldn’t these barriers be changed to cable railing?
3.  Will the Engineer’s Estimate and the Summary of Quantities be revised to reflect the actual quantities shown on the plans? 
 
  • Please refer to addendum No 6 for the above inquiries.
 
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Q:04/14/04
    R:05/17/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Contract Drawings SC12&SC13, SC84&SC85

Stage 1B & 4B call for structure construction at the Bernardo
Center OC, but no traffic control is provided on Rancho Bernardo Road.
Please clarify.
 

  • Please refer to addendum No 6.
 
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Q:05/03/04
    R:06/09/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Plan sheets L6-L9 & X4-X5

There are 8 retaining walls (MSE & Type 1) that separate the 15M
line from the 15L & 15R lines.  To construct these walls requires removal of
the existing PPC pavement section on NB & SB 15.  The typical sections show
this situation, but do not address the the replacement section. 
What is the new section?  How will it be paid for?  What are the PCC tie bar/ doweling requirements?

  • Please bid per the contract documents.
 
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Q:05/12/04
    R:05/21/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Please give us info. on how many % DBE?
 

  • Per section 2-1.02A DBE GOAL FOR THIS PROJECT

  • The Department has established the following goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation for this
    project:
    Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE): 19 percent
 
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Q:05/12/04
    R:06/04/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=1. Item 126: Structure Concrete
Retaining Wall - Reference Plan Sht 514.
2. Item 202: Bridge Deck Drainage System - Reference Spec Page 272 10-1.84

1. The typical detail on plan page 514 calls out a Type 7 Modified
retaining wall. Where the the details for this wall?

  • This wall is a type 7 retaining wall with 1:1.5 cut slope behind it. Additional details will be provided in phase 2 submittal (30 days after contract approval)
2. This is a final pay item, yet the specifications state that it will be
measured by the Kilogram as determine by scale weights. Will the item be
measured, or is it final pay?

We have reviewed Addendum 6 for the past few days and due to the vast amount
of changes and additions to the plans and specifications we are asking for a
postponement of the bid date for a minimun of one month.

  •  No change is to be made to the bid opening date.
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Q:05/13/04
    R:05/18/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 273: Concrete Barrier (Type KA26A
Mod) - Plan Sht. 494, 505, 540B

Plan sheet 494 summarized Type KA26A Mod barrier on wall 377R, but
the typical section for the wall on plan sheet 505 calls out Type 732 Mod
barrier on the wall. Which is Correct?

On plan sheet 540B the detail for the Type KA26A barrier call out Tile
Texture. Where are the details for this texture? Where is this textures
paid?

  • Type KA26A Mod barrier on wall 377R is the correct Type.
         The detail is provided by addendum No. 6 and the payment is reflected by contract Item
         134 "BARRIER TILE TEXTURE" of the Special Provisions.
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Q:05/13/04
    R:05/20/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Geotechnical Information

Will Geotechnical Design Reports for the bridge foundations and
retaining walls be made available?

  • The geotechnical information/recommendations available are provided in the MIBs link above.
 
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Q:05/13/04
    R:05/14/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=VARIOUS

PLEASE PROVIDE A LISTING OF THOSE PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS WHO HAVE PREQUALIFIED AND WILL BE DETERMINED TO BE A RESPONSIBLE BIDDER, AS REQUIRED IN SPECIAL PROVISION SECTION 2-1.012, FOR THE USE OF ALL INTERESTED SUBCONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS, BEFORE BID TIME.
 

  •                            (1)    CC Myers 

  •                                     3286 Fitzgerald Rd; Rancho Cordova, CA
                                        95742 
                                        Phone: (916) 635-9370 | Fax: (916) 635-1527

                               (2)    FCI Constructors 
                                        2585 Business Park Drive; Vista, CA 92083 
                                        Phone: (760) 727-9767 | Fax: (760) 727-9803

                               (3)   Yeager Skanska Inc 
                                       1995 Agua Mansa Rd; Riverside, CA 92509 
                                        Phone: (909) 684-5360 | Fax: (909) 788-2449 

                                (4)   Balfour Beatty Construction Inc 
                                        One Harbour Center - Ste 350; Suisun City, CA 94585 
                                        Phone: (707) 427-8900 | Fax: (707) 427-8901 

                               (5)   MCM Construction Inc 
                                        6413 32nd St; North Highlands, CA 95660 
                                        Phone: (916) 334-1221 | Fax: (916) 334-0562 

                                (6)   Coffman Specialities Inc 
                                        4375 Jutland Dr - Ste 260; San Diego , CA 92117 
                                        Phone: (858) 272-9080 | Fax: (858) 272-3655

                                (7)   Steve P Rados Inc 
                                        2002 E. Mc Fadden #200; Santa Ana, CA 92705 
                                        Phone: (714) 835-4612 | Fax: (714) 835-2186

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Q:05/14/04
    R:05/18/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=119 (S), 120 (S), 400 and 600 CIDH Piling.

Are there any rock cores available for viewing? If they are available, can contact information or a location for viewing be provided?
 

  • There are only six borings, which are for Retaining Wall 374L. The borings could be viewed at the CALTRANS office, at 7177 Opportunity Rd. San Diego 92111,  by appointments only. For appointments please contact Jeff Tesar at 858-467-2716. 
 
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Q:05/14/04
    R:06/09/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=addendum # 6, sheet 504a thru 504f

Question=MSE Wall location 10 calss for Coping on top of the wall. We
require details for this Coping (Dimensions, Reinforcing Etc....).

  • Please bid per the contract documents.
 
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Q:05/14/04
    R:06/04/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=494, Addendum 6 plan revisions

Please confirm that Retaining Wall 388L has been deleted from the scope of work since no quantities were given on the revised Summary of Quantities.  If it has, what is the final configuration of the corresponding section?  Will a new cross section and layout plan be released like the ones for 379L?

  • Retaining wall 388L has been replaced by a cut slope that is steeper than 1:2 as recommended by Geotechnical Recommendation. Additional details will be provided in phase 2 submittal.
•       Wall 394R is called out as Type 7 Mod on sheet 514.  No details were found for this type of wall on the addendum 6 plan revisions.  Please provide details.
  • This wall is a type 7 retaining wall with 1:1.5 cut slope behind it. Additional details will be provided in phase 2 submittal. 
•       Please state which concrete barriers are to receive Barrier Tile Texture since no quantities were found on the revised plans.  Is the barrier on top of wall 377R the only barrier to receive this texture?  If so, will the Summary of Quantities and Engineer’s Estimate be revised?
  • Item 134 “Barrier Tile Texture” will be deleted via a CCO.  The work done under this item will be paid for under Item 132 “Architectural Surface (Barrier)”. 
•       Bid item 19, Portable Changeable Message Signs has a quantity of 10 EA.  Section 10-1.29 on the Special Provisions states that the Contractor shall have 4 PCMS on the project at all times.  Please clarify.  Which quantity are we to bid?
  • The correct number of PCMS is 10 EA.  Section 10-1.29 of the Special Provisions will be handled in accordance with Section 4-1.03 of the Standard Specifications to reflect the number of PCMS stated in contract item no. 19.
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Q:05/17/04
    R:05/21/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Stage Drawings

Stage 5 covers the same areas as Stage 3.  What happens in what Stage.  Which one takes precedence?  What quantities go with which Stage (Stage 3 or 5)?
 

  • Please see SC-2 and SC-3. Some work needed for completion of ultimate widening cannot be completed in Stage 3 due to south bound BCD structure not being completed; therefore, stage 5 is needed to complete that widening portion after the  traffic is shifted to the ultimate configuration. Please see Stage Construction Quantities sheets for temporary delineation.
 
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Q:05/18/04
    R:05/28/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Special provisions pg 153, Plan sheet
SC-19

Question=We are in aggreement with the Traffic Opening's shown on the
staging plan SC-19 and will construct the Bridges according to them. Please
revise the Special Provisions to conform to the Vehicular Openings shown on
the staging plans.
 

  • Please refer to addendum No 8.
 
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Q:05/19/04
    R:05/21/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Eart Retaining Sructures #9 & #10
Typical section (walls 364L & 376R)

Question=The typical sections for both walls indicate a zone of permeable
material behind the soil reinforced zone with an underdrain.  This detail is
most often used as a backdrain against the native material, not in the
middle of a fill zone, as this detail depicts.  Is this detail correct?  If so, provide a detail.
 

  • The underdrain must be constructed to properly drain water from the
    reinforced soil zone and the detail is correct.  Please bid per the contract documents.
 
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Q:05/20/04
    R:05/21/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=item #279 shared field data management system.

Question=Pursuant to section 10-1.16A; which companies meet the critera of the specification?
 

  • The folowing companies and possibly additional companies in the future may meet the criteria for the type of system specified:


Citadon, Inc.
201 Mission Street
Suite 2700
San Francisco, CA 94105
Contact: Kevin Peiffer
Phone: (415) 652-4919
kpeiffer@citadon.com

DRMcNatty & Associates
Primavera Software
27405 Puerta Real Suite 260
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Contact: Dave Graham
Ph: 877-367-7990
Fax: 949-367-7999
dave.graham@drmcnatty.com

ShareChive LLC
640 2nd St. 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107
Contact: Tariq Aayad
Tel (415) 284-9662 
Fax (415) 546-1834
tariqa@sharechive.com

Integral Vision
3176 Lucas Drive, suite 200
Lafayette, CA 94549
Contact: Jean-Louis Meynier
Phone: (925) 284-8302
Fax: (925) 284-1905
jlmeynier@integralvision.com

 

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Q:05/21/04
    R:06/04/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item #279, Item code 033041, Shared
Field Data Management System, Reference Addendum No. 7
 

Question=1. How many working days does the Shared Field Data Management
System need to be supplied?

  • There are 740 working days and 250 plant establishment days in the contract.
          The Shared Field Data Management System shall be installed and ready for use 15
          calendar days prior to the first chargeable working day, then shall be maintained until
          30 calendar days after receiving the final estimate or as authorized by the Engineer. 

2. Does the system need to be synchronized to the electronic certified
payroll and tentative agreement?

  • Yes.
 
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Q:05/24/04
    R:06/04/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item #279, Item code 033041, Shared
Field Data Management System, Reference Addendum No. 7

Question=Question 1- Does the unit(hardware) used for the Shared Field Data
Management System (SFDMS) need communication coverage throughout the life of
the project?

  • Yes, continual use includes communication 7 days a week, 24 hours a day through the duration of the project until 30 days after receiving the final estimate. 
Question 2- Does the units(hardware) used for the SFDMS need a vehicle and
office/desk docking station and if so is it intended for the state truck or
car?
  • Yes, each portable unit needs a mounting/ docking station for either a truck or car and a docking station for connection to a printer at an office location. 

  •  
Question 3- How ruggedized/durable (water/dust resistant) does the
unit(hardware) used for the SFDMS need to be? 
  • The hardware must be durable with a rugged shell casing that is water and dust resistant. 
Question 4- Does the software need to be web based for the certified payroll
and does the contractor, subcontractor, supplier such as trucking need to
submit electronic certified payroll?
  • Yes, the system needs to be web based for submittal of certified payroll records.
Question 5- Does the software need to provide electronic plans, spec.,
standard, labor and equipment charge book published in the units(hardware)?
  • Yes.
Question 6- Does the software need to provide daily inspector diary report
for field tracking? and if so? would it need to track all items and change
orders in the field using the units(hardware)?
  • Yes, the system shall be capable of tracking all item and extra work including contract change ordered work using the daily diaries. 
 
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Q:05/24/04
    R:06/04/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Special Provisions section 10-1.38
Earth Retaining Structures (Earthwork)

Question=It is our interpretation of the backfill spec that the backfill
material for the earth retaining structures can contain no asphalt concrete
or portland cement concrete product, whether rubble, crushed or recycled in
any way.  Is this correct?

  • Yes. Please see Subsection "Materials" in section 10.1.38 "Earth Retaining Structures" in the Special Provisions.
 
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Q:06/03/04
    R:06/04/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Special Provision Section 10-1.03 Water
Pollution Control - Page 129
Question=Under the Payment subsection it states that the contract lump sum
price paid for water pollution control shall include full compensation for
furnishing all labor, materials, tools, equipment, and incidentals, and for
doing all the work involved in installing, constructing, removing, and
disposing of water pollution control practices, including non-storm water
management, and waste management and materials pollution water pollution
control practices, except those for which there is a contract item of work
as specified in the Standard Specifications and these special provisions,
and as directed by the Engineer.

There is no bid item "Water Pollution Control." How does this work get paid
for?

  • This item, "Water Pollution Control",  is included in Addendum No 9. (to be issued very shortly) as contract item no. 283, Lump Sum.
 
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Q:06/03/04
    R:06/09/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=279 Shared Field Data Management System,  1-1.16A

Question=In the section for Portable Computer Hardware Requirements, Item C requires 2 GB of RAM.  There are no currently available notebook computer systems that will accept 2 GB of RAM.  Is this correct?
 

  • No, a minimum of 512 mb of RAM will be acceptable


Item D requires a 430 MM (17") monitor.  There are no currently available ruggedized notebook computer systems with a 17" display.  Is this correct?

  • Section 10-1.16A states 430 mm (14"), since 14" is actually 355 mm therefore that is the corrected requirement although a tolerance of 25 mm is acceptable.

  •  
Item B requires "15 client licenses".  Is this correct?
  • No, the correct amount is 30 client licenses to go with the 30 portable units.
Item E requires "tape backup software".  Is this correct?
  • Please bid per the contract documents.


 

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Q:06/08/04
    R:06/09/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=279  SHARED FIELD DATA MANAGEMENT
SYSTEM

Question=1: Does the hardware(computer) need to be used in the field under
the sun? if so does the screen need to be a transflective screen?

  • Please bid per the contract documents.
2: Does the hardware (computer) require a camera to track work in the field
for the diary use using the tablet? 
  • No.
3: Does all the 30units need to communicating with all each other using the
tablet and with the desk top in the office (such as sacramento, san diego
headquater, project field office)? in real time?
  • Yes all portable units require wireless communication capabilities. 
4: Does the software require access of current plans, submittal and state
forms in the field units? and if so does it require edit and redline
capability (for the plan) and be shared with all the users?
  • Yes, the portable units shall have the capability to access and share all information within the Shared Database. 
5: is the any requirment with security for the data and the tablets?
  • Yes, security protection is a requirement. 

  •  
6: does the software need to be shared with the contractor for his review
and approval and participation?
  • Yes, as defined by the access levels permitted. 
7: Does the software need to track weather condition within the daily diary?
and does the data being collected require the search capability?
 
  •  Yes, weather is a required field for the daily dairy input. 

  •  
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Q:06/08/04
    R:06/09/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Question=1. Does the 250 plant establishment days in the contract require the SFDMS?

  • Yes.
2. With the use of the Shared Field Data Management System for all project information and access to all users, do you still require hard copies with wet signatures and attachments, or electronic copies with electronic signatures only?
  • Wet signatures are not required for submittal of Labor Compliance Records using the Shared Field Data Management System. 
3. Are Plan Sheets and Shop Drawings to be redlined on the screen and electronically approved instead of to be relined on the 11"x17" hard copy with wet approval stamp?
  • Shop drawings submittals are not required by Section 10-1.16A, although may be permitted if requested by the Contractor and approved by the Engineer. Furthermore, "as-built" plans are electronically completed and do not require 11 x 17 hard copies. 

  •  


 

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Q:06/08/04
    R:06/09/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=279 Shared Field Data Management
System, 1-1.16A 

Question=1: Does the hardware(computer) need to be used in the field under
the sun? if so does the screen need to be a transflective screen?
2: Does the hardware (computer) require a camera to track work in the field
for the diary use using the tablet? 
3: Must all 30 tablets (hardware) have the ability to communicate with the
computer desk tops in the office (such as Sacramento, San Diego headquarter,
project field office?) Must the tablets (hardware) have the capability of
communicating with one another in real time?
4: Does the software require access of current plans, submittal and state
forms in the tablets (hardware)? If so, does the system require an edit and
redline capability (feature) for plans as well as shareing the plan changes
with all system users?
5: Are there any requirements for security of the tablets (hardware) and the
data stored within the tablets (hardware)?
6: Does the system need to be shared with the contractor for his review and
approval and participation?
7: Does the software need to track weather conditions within the daily diary?

  • Please refer to Bidder's Inquiry No. 44 for questions 1 through 7. 
 8: Does a search engine function need to exist within the system to
search and access all the data being collected with the tablets (hardware)?
  • Yes.
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Q:06/08/04
    R:06/09/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item #131, Minor Concrete (Minor Structure)

Question=Drainage Quantity sheet 361, D-96 is the last Q sheet provided.  Missing drainage systems 59 through 62 and quantity summary sheet?  Using drainage profile sheets, total quantity does not match bid item quantity.  Please advise as soon as possible.

  • Please bid per the contract documents.
 
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Q:06/09/04
    R:06/09/04
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

The steel isolation design for the project in San Diego calls out for a minimum wall area of 2100 mm^2/m and minimum moment of inertia of 90,000 mm^4/m.  What's the reason for this requirement?  Is it for ease of installation because it comes in pieces? The sectional properties required limits the material  choice to 6"x2" multi-plate structure (one fabricator and supplier in California).

We have utilized 3"x1" CSP split caisson to accomplish the same function.  We have been successful in converting the multiplate structures to the split caisson. The 3"x1" caisson can be manufactured to the length required for easy of installation compared to a multi-plate while meeting the structural requirements (see attached detail).  Please give me a call to discuss or I'll try you tomorrow.
 

  •  Please bid per the contract documents.
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