BIDDER'S INQUIRIES & RESPONSES
DISTRICT 11 CONSTRUCTION
CONTRACT NO:  11-072414
ROUTE / KP 11-SD-15,163,805
LOCATION In San Diego County In San Diego At Various Locations.
DESCRIPTION Installation Of Fiber Optic System And Closed Circuit Television System.
ESTIMATE $ 9,951,000.00
ADVERTISE DATE 08/20/01
BID OPENING 09/25/01  09/27/01
FINAL POSTING 09/26/01    @     16:00

BID RESULTS
  1 
GOLDEN STATE UTILITY CO. $ 6,564,951.50
2
ROYAL ELECTRIC COMPANY $ 6,746,602.00
3
HMS CONSTRUCTION INC $ 6,815,674.16

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.
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ADDENDA

 ADDENDUM 1
09/14/01
 
 
 

BIDDER'S INQUIRY SUBMITTAL FORM
 

Inquiry No.
Inquiry
 1
Q:08/28/01
R:09/05/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Will it be possible to use Directional Drilling on the majority of this project (Where it is feasible) instead of open trenching?

  • Per Section 10-3.11 DIRECTIONAL BORING METHOD, at any locations shown on the plans as open trenching a proposal to use the directional drilling method or other alternative may be proposed after award of the contract in accordance with the requirements of Section 5-1.019 COST REDUCTION INCENTIVE of the Special Provisions and Section 5-1.14 COST REDUCTION INCENTIVE of the Standard Specifications. For bidding purposes the work should be bid as shown on the Plans and Special Provisions.
 2
Q:08/28/01
R:09/24/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Are there Geo-reports available for this job. And if so where can we obtain a copy? 

  • No, there is no other information available.
3
Q:09/05/01
R:09/05/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Could you please e-mail or fax a list of plan holders to me.
 

  • The site for getting the planholders list is:
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/esc/oe/project_status/afb.html

    Go to "List of Plan Holders on Projects Out To Bid" enter the contract number and start search.

 4
Q:09/10/01
R:09/13/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Special Provision Section 2-1.02 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Relative to Advertisement requirement.  How many days prior to the Bid date does the advertisement need to be published?
  • There is no specific time requirement.
5
Q:09/20/01
R:09/24/01 
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

As the Notice to Bidder’s did not provide for a scheduled prebid meeting, we were targeting our own job walk.  Based on the tragic events of last week in New York and Washington, and the closing of and/or restricted air travel throughout the Country, we have not had a reasonable opportunity to visit the site of the proposed work in the San Diego area.  Once we visit the locations, we will also need time to analyze the data secured to maximize the savings within our bid for the Department.

  • No, we are unable to postpone the bid opening.
 6
Q:09/21/01
R:09/21/01 
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Can you please provide me with a list of Prequalified Contractors? I have pulled the bidder's list and need a list stating what kind of work each Contractor does. Is there a list stating this? And if so, where?

  • We do not have a list containing that information since we do not prequalify contractors, available sources of information would be the Contractor License Board or call the the contractor.
 7
Q:09/24/01
R:09/24/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 15: SHOULDER BACKING

What is the unit of measure "STA"?

  • The unit measure "STA" is for station as defined in Section 10-1.25 SHOULDER BACKING of the Special Provisions and as quantified on plan sheet  Q-1 SUMMARY OF QUANTITIES (178 of 386).
 8
Q:09/24/01
R:09/24/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 36: TYPE III SERVICE EQUIPMENT ENCLOSURE

Where do we obtain information regarding the requirements for this item?
 

  • Information for the Type III service enclosure is per Section 86 of the Standard Specifications and as shown specifically in the Standard Plans; ES-2C Signal, Lighting and Electrical Systems - Service Equipment Notes, Type III Series, ES-2E Signal, Lighting and Electrical Systems - Service Equipment and Typical Wiring Diagram Type III-B Series, ES-2F Signal, Lighting and Electrical Systems - Service Equipment and Typical Wiring Diagram Type III-C Series, and on plan sheet E-2 FIBER OPTIC COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (ELECTRICAL DETAILS) (257 of 386). 
9
Q:09/24/01
R:09/24/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 35: TRENCH DELINEATOR

Which Prequalified material meets the requirements of Section 10-3.19?

  • In the Special Provisions per Section 8-1.02 PREQUALIFIED AND TESTED SIGNING AND DELINEATION MATERIALS, CLASS 1 DELINEATORS section Special Use Flexible Type, 1700 mm are the approved materials. 
10
Q:09/24/01
R:09/24/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 54: CONDUCTORS

Are there requirements for the conductors?

  • See Section 10-3.17 CONDUCTORS AND WIRING of the Special Provisions.
11
Q:09/24/01
R:09/24/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 38: HUB CABINET WITH FOUNDATION

Where are the requirements for the hub cabinet?

  • See Section 10-3.15 HUB CABINET of the Special Provisions and plan sheet E-90 FIBER OPTIC COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (ELECTRICAL DETAILS) (345 of 386). 
12
Q:09/24/01
R:09/24/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Plan sheets E-4 through E-88

There are locations shown on the plans that show trenching across both ramps and the main lanes of the freeway? Is the intent to trench?

  • No, in accordance with the Standard Specifications Section 86-2.05C Installation paragraph 16; 
"Unless "Trenching In Pavement Method" is specifically allowed or required in the special provisions, conduit shall be placed under existing pavement by jacking or drilling methods."
13
Q:09/25/01
R:09/25/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 30: MODEL 334 CABINET FOUNDATION

Where is there information on the requirements of this item?

  • See Standard Plans; ES-3C Signal, Lighting and Electrical Systems Controller Cabinet Details.
14
Q:09/25/01
R:09/25/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 33: REPLACEMENT OF STATE FURNISHED CABINETS

Is there a wiring diagram for these cabinets?

  • See paragraph 3 of Section 10-3.23 STATE FURNISHED CONTROLLER ASSEMBLIES of the Special Provisions. 
15
Q:09/25/01
R:09/25/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 34: REPLACEMENT OF STATE FURNISHED POWER DISTRIBUTION ASSEMBLIES.

What work is included in this item?

  • Bid it as you see it since it is not defined.
16
Q:09/26/01
R:09/26/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 38: HUB CABINET WITH FOUNDATION

Whom was the supplier of the hub cabinet on the previous fiber optic contract?

  • PSI- Professional Systems Incorporated (414) 369-5200.
17
Q:09/26/01
R:09/26/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=SPECIAL PROVISIONS page 87 REMOVE PORTIONS OF EXISTING STRUCTURES

The surface of the concrete to be removed shall not be impacted within 0.5 m of the pavement to remain in place. How do you do this when the section to be removed is only 0.76 M.

  • The requirement for 0.5 M shall be modified by request to the Engineer, all other requirements shall be fully enforced.
18
Q:09/26/01
R:09/26/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=PLAN SHEETS 378-379 LOS PENASQUITOS CREEK BRIDGE

Core drill quantity shows only 11 meters, will the conduit be placed below the end and mid-diaphram?

  • No, any increase in quantity will be in accordance with Section 4-1.03 of the Standard Specifications.
19
Q:09/26/01
R:09/26/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Are fiber optic jumpers required at all fiber distribution units? If so how many are required.

  • No.
20
Q:09/26/01
R:09/26/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Special Provisions, Notice to Contractors

Within the Special Provisions, "Notice to Contractors" (first sentence), the instructions direct the Bidders to deliver bids to the Department of Transporation, at 3347 Michelson Drive, Suite 100, Irvine on the date of the bid. However, the Bid Envelope provided with the Proposal and Contract, shows the bids to be delivered to: 3337 Michelsen Drive, Suite 100, Irvine.
Which address is correct?  3347 or 3337

  • The correct address is: Department of Transportation

  •                                        3347 Michelson Drive - Rm C - 1116 (MS150)
                                             Irvine, CA 92612-1692
                                             Publicly Opened and Read in Rm C - 1116
21
Q:09/26/01
R:09/26/01
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=ITEM 2: TIME RELATED OVERHEAD.

What is included in the time related overhead item?

  • See Section 10-1.10 OVERHEAD of the Special Provisions for the full requirements of this item.
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