BIDDER'S INQUIRIES & RESPONSES
DISTRICT 11 CONSTRUCTION

 
CONTRACT NO: 11-081644
ROUTE / KP 11-SD-54,805-1.6/2.5,7.6/9.2
LOCATION In San Diego County In Chula Vista And National City On Route 805 From 0.3 Mile North Of H Street Overcrossing To 0.2 Mile North Of Route 805/54 Separation And On Route 54 From 0.1 Mile West Of To 0.5 Mile East Of Route 805/54 Separation
DESCRIPTION Construct Southbound Lanes And Rehabilitate Ramps.
ESTIMATE $9,700,000
WORKING DAYS

220

ADVERTISE DATE 05/04/2009
BID OPENING 06/25/2009
FINAL POSTING
06/24/09 @ 15:10

 BID SUMMARY

The Caltrans District 11 Office is located at 4050 Taylor Street, San Diego, CA 92110. 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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ORDERING PROJECT PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS

Cost per set: Bidders: $40, Non-bidders: $33

ADDENDA


ADDENDUM 1
ISSUED 06/19/09
ADDENDUM 2
ISSUED 06/22/09

 

BIDDER'S INQUIRY SUBMITTAL FORM


Inquiry No.
Inquiry

   1

  Q:05/07/09
R:05/21/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Spec Provision Section 5-1.08 Payments

Question= The spec's don't provide max payments for Clearing, Schedule, etc.

  • Please bid per current contract documents

  2

  Q:05/08/09
R:05/22/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Special Provision Section 5-1.09 Supplemental Project Information page no. 17

Question= Special Provision Section 5-1.09 Supplemental Project Information page no. 17 states that Cross Sections are available for inspection at the District Office.
Will these also be posted on your website for our download and use?

  • Cross Sections are now posted in the link labeled X-SECTIONS located above.

  3

  Q:05/08/09
R:05/08/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Page 110-119 Retaining Wall Plans
Question= Is a MSE or modular block wall an acceptable Alternative Earth Retaining Wall for this project?

  • Please bid per current Contract Documents.

4

Q:05/11/09
R:06/18/09
R:06/23/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= bid item # 84, 86
RW 447 and RW 454

Question= Can you please re-check your quantities for items 84 and 86?  

  • Please bid per current Contract Documents.
  • Please see Addendum #1

5

Q:05/20/09
R:05/21/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= sheet 185 and 186 of the project
plans
Question=   can you please supply bottom of footing elevation for the
existing footings at abut 1 and abut 4 as shoring may be necessary.

  • Supplemental Project Information is available, please refer to Section 2-1.03B (Pg. 8 of 181) of the Amendments to the Standard Specifications for contact information.

6

Q:06/05/09
R:06/19/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Plan sheet #182, note #3 Remove exist Barrier (Type 9). Plan sheet #201 Plan View showing slope paving removal.


Question= On Plan Sheet #182, Note #3 - it shows to remove the Type 9 rail and no where else in the plans does it show the details for the removal and/or placement of new rail. If the rail is to be removed, does the rebar need to be saved?

  • Please see addendum 1

On Plan Sheet #201, it shows removal of slope paving on what looks like the south abutment only. Will there be the need for slope paving to be removed on the north abutment also? And what are the dimensions for both locations?

  • Please see addendum 1

7

Q:06/09/09
R:06/10/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= The special provisions, page 108, subsection entitled "REMOVE YELLOW PAINTED TRAFFIC STRIPE" in the next to last paragraph states that "One Lead Compliance Plan shall be prepared that addresses exposure to lead from traffic stripe and from material containing aerially deposited lead.


Question=There is no mention anywhere else in the bid documents of AERIALLY DEPOSITED LEAD. Is there material containing AERIALLY DEPOSITED LEAD that will be encountered in the course of construction of this project?

  • Please refer to Section 10-1.02 of the Special Provisions.

 

8

Q:06/10/09
R:06/10/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Bid Item 68 - DATA CORE, Special
provision section 10-1.43

Question= Are cores required in the following areas?

HMA placed in areas to receive Concrete Pavement or Rapid Strength Conc
Pavement?
  • Not required.

HMA placed as 0.15' overlay after 0.15' cold milling?

  • Required per Section 10-1.43 of the Special Provisions.

HMA placed in shoulders (not traveled way)?


  • Per Section 10-1.43

"Take 4-inch or 6-inch diameter data cores:

1. At the beginning, end, and every 1/2 mile within the paving limits of each route on the project
2. After all paving is complete
3. From the center of the specified lane
On a 2-lane roadway, take data cores from either lane. On a 4-lane roadway, take data cores from each direction in the outermost lane. On a roadway with more than 4 lanes, take data cores from the median lane and the outermost lane in each direction."

Shoulders cores are not required.

9

Q:06/10/09
R:06/19/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= plan sheet 181

Question= the profie grades calls out an elevation and grade.  There is a
conflict between this information and the elevation at the BB shown in the
plan view.  Which one is correct?

  • Please see addendum 1

10

Q:06/10/09
R:06/19/09
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Special provisions page 87 Traffic
Chart No. 1 - Plan sheet 64

Question= Chart requires 3 lanes open.  Referencing the plan sheet we could
close lanes 5 and 4 and keep lanes 1, 2 and 3 open.  Please confirm.

  • Yes, as long as the requirements on the contract are met and the closures conform to the provisions in section 10-1.19 of the Special Provisions.


11

Q:06/10/09
R:06/22/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Specification pages 84 and 85
Plan sheet 63

Question= There is a conflict between the charts for falsework and the layout
shown in section A-A.  Section A-A is buildable and the Specificatins is
not.  Do we build as shown in section A-A?

  • Please see addendum 1


12

Q:06/10/09
R:06/19/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Traffic Charts for 805 and Bonita Road

Question= On these two roads, the only lane closures are at night.  There are
80 pile to be driven in the footings for bent 2 and bent 3.  There will be
excessive noise during this proceedure.  The businesses in close proximity
will be unhappy due to the excessive noise.  District 7 and 12 do not allow
driving pile at night and have closure charts that will allow daytime work.
Can the traffic charts be redone to allow driving pile between the hours of
7am and 10pm?

  • The Traffic Charts are to be used with restriction as specified. For this project the charts are for the shifting of traffic as shown on the Stage Construction. The shifting of traffic and placement of k-rail should happen at nights or during the times allowed per the charts. Piles are driven under stage 1A of the plans behind K-rails at anytime as long as it complies with Section 5-1.10 SOUND CONTROL REQUIREMENTS of the Special Provision.
  • See Stage 1A - Plan Sheet #59
13

 Q:06/18/09
R:06/24/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=  Item 42, Jacking Super Structure, Plan Sheet No. 200

Question= Designated jacking locations at girders A and C at bents 2 and 3 are shown at mid-depth of superstructure, which is middle of sloping girder. How can jacks be placed at sloping girders?
Are jacking recesses allowed in columns? If yes, where can they be located?
Are Estimated jacking loads shown in table correct?

  • The "circles" shown on the plan view at the bents are "jacking load locations". The actual jack locations for the bents are to be determined by the contractor. The contractor will jack the bent falsework at the bottom of the falsework.
  • Please bid per current Contract Documents.

14

 Q:06/19/09
R:06/XX/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=  Reference is made to question #12,
Q @ 6/10/09, A @ 6/18/09.  The posted answer to the question does not
adequately address the situation.  It is not possible to drive piling at
night in conformance with the sound control requirements.  It is not
possible to drive piling in the daytime in conformance with the traffic
charts and lane closure restrictions.

Question= What can you change to make the planned construction possible:
A, the traffic charts; B, the sound control requirements; C, the pile
foundation design?

  • Please bid per current contract documents
15

 Q:06/19/09
R:06/24/09
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= ADDENDUM NO 1

Question= THE REVISED TRAFFIC CHARTS REQUIRE FALSEWORK OPENINGS LARGER THAN
SHOWN ON SHEET 63 FOR STAGE 1B.  WILL THE TRAFFIC CHARTS BE REVISED TO
REFLECT THE TRAFFIC OPENINGS AS SHOWN IN STAGE 1B?

  • Refer to Addendum # 1 Dated June 19, 2009

16

 Q:06/19/09
R:06/22/09

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=


Question=The bid item list does not specify the Specialty Items (s). Will you address this?

  • Section 5-1.055 SUBCONTRACTING of the AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS of the special provision requires at least 30 percent of all contract work be performed by the prime contractor’s own organization and eliminates the exception of specialty work.

17

 Q:06/23/09
R:XX/XX/XX

Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Specials page #109 Bridge Removal and Structure Plans - Bridge removal portion.


Question=The specials mention that there is a portion of the abutments to be removed and the plans show the overhang portion to be removed per the abutment 1 and 4 layout sheets. Then on Abutment Detail Sheet No.4, the shaded area that indicates the bridge removal (portion) extending beyond the edge of deck. There is no concrete beyond the edge of deck. Please clarify the removal dimensions of the abutments.
Is there to be any portion of the approach slab and wingwalls removed?

  • Please bid per current contract documents


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