BIDDER'S INQUIRIES & RESPONSES
DISTRICT 11 CONSTRUCTION
CONTRACT NO:  11-065204
ROUTE / KP 11-SD-5-R38.8R41.5 
LOCATION In San Diego County In San Diego From 0.3 km North Of Mission Bay Drive Overcrossing To 0.2 km South Of 5/52 Separation.
DESCRIPTION Construct Widening.
ESTIMATE $ 4,500,000.00
ADVERTISE DATE 03/11/02
BID OPENING 04/11/02 @         2:00 PM electronic bid opening
FINAL POSTING 04/10/02    @     16:00

BID RESULTS
  1 
FCI $ 2,837,420.00
2
COFFMAN SPECIALTIES $ 3,065,000.00
3
LAPCO, INC $ 3,110,854.50

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
SPECIAL NOTICE
CROSS SECTIONS
MIBs
ADDENDUM

 ADDENDUM 1
03/29/02
 
   

BIDDER'S INQUIRY SUBMITTAL FORM
 

Inquiry No.
Inquiry
 1
Q:03/11/02
R:03/22/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

Where are the cross sections available?

  • See CROSS SECTIONS above, or call our office for a set.
2
Q:03/14/02
R:03/24/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

Are cross sections available at a local printer?

  • Yes, they are available at Mesa or from the CROSS SECTIONS file those can be printed at any printing firm.
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
 3
Q:03/14/02
R:03/29/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Please see plans & quantity summary sheets for Detail 11/13, how it is applied, what color and how it is paid for. Plans show both temporary and permanent work but no quantities are shown on the summary sheets. Please clarify. 

  • See Addendum No.1.
4
Q:03/22/02
R:03/29/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Why does Caltrans continually try to reinvent the wheel? We have been bidding jobs at 2:00 PM forever and I doubt that any contractor has ever complained about it. As a matter of fact have you heard any contractors begging to have bid openings earlier in the day so that they can have less time on bid day for subcontractor comparisons and the actual mechanics of assembling the bid? Then along comes Caltrans with a new computerized bidding system and I'm guessing that they feel that since they have "simplified" the contractors work on bid day that they should be able to bid the project in the morning instead of in the afternoon. Well think again boys. The subs still won't give us prices until bid day, we still have the same amount of work to do to finalize the bid and the computerized system has done nothing to change that. Granted we don't have to send anyone to a bid opening with a partially filled in bid book, but entering the bid information in the computer does not save any time. We have fought this battle of bid times with other agencies such as the Port of San Diego and managed to convince them that 2:00 PM is a much more appropriate time for submitting and opening bids. Would you please take this under consideration and possibly issue an agenda changing the bid time.

  • See Addendum No.1.
 5
Q:03/27/02
R:03/29/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

I really agree with Inquiry No. 4 regarding the 10:00 AM bid time. If the bid time is NOT changed back to 2:00 PM we will NOT be able to bid this project. I also have a lot of reservations about the confidentiality of a bid submitted by email. Our experience with the internet has been rather spotty. Lots of people will not give out a master card number on the internet, yet, Cal Trans wants us to give out $ 4,500,000 on the internet. I don't think so.

  • See Addendum No.1.
6
Q:03/22/02
R:04/05/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Items 26 & 27, Roadway excavation & Roadway excavation (Type Y), Quantity sheet Q-1, plan sheet 66, and detail sheet C-2, plan sheet 19

Roadway Excavation Quantities appear to include the overexcavation section specified to allow disposal of lead, and do not include the lead excavation quantity.  Please confirm that Contractor will be paid for the overexcavation below grading plane required for lead disposal in Item 26 Roadway Excavation. 

  • Yes, the quantities for overexcavation are included in Item 26: ROADWAY EXCAVATION.
 7
Q:04/05/02
R:04/05/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

We would like to bid this project however, as of today, we have still not received registration approval. Is there a problem with the registration process? Hopefully, if and when approval occurs, we will have enough time to familiarize ourselves with the new on-line procedures and properly prepare our bid. Under these circumstances, will consideration be given to postponement of the bid?

  • No other contractors are having any problem, therefore no consideration will be given to postpone the bid opening at this time. 
 8
Q:04/05/02
R:04/05/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

What is the address or telephone number for Surety 2000?

9
Q:04/05/02
R:04/05/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

Is the contractor required to register with Surety 2000?

  • Yes.
10
Q:04/05/02
R:04/05/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

What are the names of contractors and subcontractors who have either purchased paper plans or registered online for this project?

11
Q:04/05/02
R:04/05/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

The Caltrans website states "Caltrans District 11 Construction Department will post all of the questions submitted by any contractors that are registered Planholders for that contract". Since our registration has not occurred, will our questions be posted on the website?

  • Yes, since the intent is there.
12
Q:04/09/02
R:04/09/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=23 CLEARING AND GRUBBING

In view of the fact that the existing ice plant is growing on soil that is considered to be contaminated with aerially deposited lead, are there any special, extraordinary methods required to separate the lead-bearing soil from the roots of the ice plant before it is hauled from the site?

  • No. It shall be considered acceptable to remove the existing ice plant by mechanical methods using a machine capable of gathering the ice plant in large bunches and shaking the mass vigorously to remove any excess soil before loading into the truck for disposal. 
13
Q:04/09/02
R:04/10/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= 

Sign structure no 4 is installed over 6 lanes of I-5.  There is not a traffic chart that allows the closing of I-5.  How does the owner propose this installation be accomplished?

  • Traffic Chart No. 1 and 3 allow closure down to one lane and closure of  the NB-Off-Ramp to Ardath, then a traffic break shall be allowed to install the overhead portion of the sign structure. If you can fully justify that it cannot be performed safely due to multiple cranes being used then a Traffic Chart can be requested for a full freeway closure with a detour plan. 
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