BIDDER'S INQUIRIES & RESPONSES
DISTRICT 11 CONSTRUCTION
CONTRACT NO:  11-172824
ROUTE / KP 11-SD-56-2.9/10.6
LOCATION In San Diego County In San Diego From Carmel Country Road Overcrossing To Carmel Mountain Road Overcrossing.
DESCRIPTION Construct 4-Lane Freeway, Water & Sewer Mains And Bridges.
ESTIMATE $ 60,058,000.00
ADVERTISE DATE 04/22/02
BID OPENING 06/20/02
FINAL POSTING 06/19/02    @     17:00

BID RESULTS
  1 
FCI CONSTRUCTORS/ WR CONNELLY - JV $ 41,087,083.20
2
SUKUT / CC MEYERS 
- JV
$ 42,510,824.90
3
EL YEAGER $ 42,647,156.15
4
ERRECA'S /HANSON $ 44,490,940.00
5
KIEWIT PACIFIC  $ 44,764,000.00
6
S P RADOS $ 46,435,114.00
7
HERZOG / RE MONK $ 49,899,526.00

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

CROSS SECTIONS
index sheets
MATERIALS INFORMATION
INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO
The following books are available by request to registered planholders for this project, please contact our office to obtain copies.
1) "GREENBOOK" Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction - 2000 Edition.
2) 2000 REGIONAL SUPPLEMENT AMENDMENTS TO "GREENBOOK 2000" Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction - 2000 Edition.
3) CITY OF SAN SUPPLEMENT AMENDMENTS.
4) Rules and Regulations for Reclaimed Water Use and Distribution within the City of San Diego.
5) Recycled Water Plan Check and Inspection Manual.
ADDENDUM
 ADDENDUM 1
06/05/02
 ADDENDUM 2
06/11/02
 
 

BIDDER'S INQUIRY SUBMITTAL FORM
 

Inquiry No.
Inquiry
 1
Q:04/22/02
R:04/22/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Is there a local printing firm to order full size plans from?

  • The plans can be downloaded through the link above and can be printed at any local 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
 2
Q:04/22/02
R:05/24/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

When will the cross sections be available and where?

  • A portion of the cross sections are now available.
  • The remaining cross sections should be available on 05/24/02.
Cross sections (535) sheets are available as of 05/24/02 and can be downloaded for printing at any local 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:04/29/02
R:05/02/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

We have just begun to work on the above project plans.  The print quality is very poor.  Typically the planned work is shown with average quality, but the existing layout is extremely faded.  When will you have some corrected copies to replace the illegible ones?  Thank you for your help.

  • The electronic plans in .tiff format are actually readable and can be printed from that site. Copies of the unclear sheets are also available at our office in Old Town or can be mailed out by request.

  • Plan sheets 15 - 40, 411 - 443, 637 - 639, 660 - 668, 689 - 691, 729 - 732, 751 - 754, 771 - 773, 817 - 823, 848 -852.
 4
Q:05/01/02
R:06/03/02
R:06/06/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Typical Sections/ Layouts

On X - 2, is the intent for the section on the Eastbound Lanes to be typical section 1? 

  • No.
  • Yes, the intent is that TYPICAL STRUCTURAL SECTION 1 shall be used for the eastbound lanes including the shoulder from Station 45+55.000 to Station 51+08.926 "A" Line.
5
Q:05/01/02
R:06/03/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Typical Sections/ Layouts

The Eastbound HSSD on X - 2, starts at sta. 48+60.00.  On L - 4, the HSSD actually starts at Sta. 47+23.00.  Which is correct?

  • L-4 is correct. 
 6
Q:05/01/02
R:06/03/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Typical Sections/ Layouts

None of the layout drawings are labeled with the Typical Structural Sections.  This makes matching the stationing extremely difficult.  Will new plans be issued to accommodate the sections?

  • No, new sheets will not be provided. Normally we provide that as a convenience but due to the time frame it wasn't possible. 
7
Q:05/01/02
R:06/03/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Typical Sections/ Layouts

Typical section 14 at Sta. 46+32.338 is not shown on the layout drawings. 

  • Station 46+32.338 is in reference to SW-1 as shown on sheet 503 of 856.
8
Q:05/07/02
R:06/03/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= Special Provisions Section 10-1.195 ELECTRONIC MOBILE DAILY DIARY SYSTEM DATA DELIVERY

Please provide us with a hardware and software supplier that we can price and then get equivalent proposals with the specifications provided.  We understand the sole source politics.  We just need a place to start.  Thank you for your assistance.

  • There are several providers that meet the requirements as stated in the Special Provisions. 
9
Q:05/10/02
R:05/21/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= CROSS SECTIONS

Could we obtain digital files for the grading? Could you zip and e-mail them ASAP?

  • Original ground files are available in .dgn format but the final grades are not. 
10
Q:05/10/02
R:05/22/02
R:06/05/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Plan Sheet 775 of 856 

The quantities shown for Concrete Barrier Type 25 appears incorrect, please verify. 

  • The quantity in the Engineers estimate is incorrect, bid it as you see it unless an addenda is issued.
  • SEE ADDENDUM NO.1
11
Q:05/13/02
R:06/12/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference= 

Where is the pay items for the Type 25BP732 or 25BP735? 
TYPE 25BP732 = 246M
TYPE 25BP735 = 112M

  • Item 226: CONCRETE BARRIER (TYPE BP732)__M__358
12
Q:05/13/02
R:05/22/02
R:06/03/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 52, Roadway Excavation, section 10-1.39

What is the nature of the unsuitable material, requiring offsite disposal? We need the available information to determine how to properly dispose of it.

  • The Geotechnical Design Report (September 28, 2001) is available for review at our office or copies can be ordered at MESA BLUEPRINT. 
  • SEE ALSO ADDENDUM NO. 1.
13
Q:05/15/02
R:06/08/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Is it possible to include or substitute the following gages and coating to the bituminous coating for the following bid items?

Bid Item 147: 600 mm Polymeric sheet or Aluminized Type 2 coated, 68 mm x 13 mm corrugations  (1.63 mm thick)
Bid Item 148: 900 mm Polymeric sheet or Aluminized Type 2 coated, 68 mm x 13 mm corrugations (1.63 mm thick)
Bid Item 149: 1350 mm Polymeric sheet or Aluminized Type 2 coated, 68 mm x 13 mm corrugations (2.01 mm thick)
Bid Item 150: 1800 mm Polymeric sheet or Aluminized Type 2 coated, 75 mm x 25 mm corrugations (1.63 mm thick)
Bid Item 157: 600 mm Polymeric sheet or Aluminized Type 2 coated, 68 mm x 13 mm corrugations  (1.63 mm thick)
Bid Item 158: 900 mm Polymeric sheet or Aluminized Type 2 coated, 68 mm x 13 mm corrugations  (1.63 mm thick)

Can SRP with Polymeric sheet or Aluminized Type 2 coating be an alternative pipe for RCP- Bid Items #141 to #146 ? SRP has Manning’s n = .013 per Table 851.2 (HDM).

OTHER QUESTIONS:
1) What are the soil or water pH and resistivity? 
2) What are the expected flow velocities?
3) What are the maximum and minimum fill heights?
4) Who is the “outside” consultant contact person that generated the Alternate Pipe Table? 

  •  No. The products listed are approved in the Highway Design Manual, but not this contract. A CRIP may be proposed in accordance with Section 5-1.019 COST REDUCTION INCENTIVE of the Special Provisions. 
14
Q:05/16/02
R:06/08/02
R:06/11/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Section 10-4 Relocation of Utility Facilities. BACKFILL. 

Gradation Chart (attached) appears to be in error. If correction to this chart is necessary please check to see that the specified material is available locally.

    U.S.  Standard
        Sieve Size                            Percent passing By weight
         12 mm                                                   100
        9.5 mm                                                90-100
       4.75 mm                                              50-100
        2.37 mm                                               10-60
        600  µm                                               25-60
         75  µm                                                 0-12
     
  • SEE ADDENDUM NO. 2.
Also, is this material intended to be used for Pipe Zone Backfill only, or all Backfill?
  • Pipe Zone backfill.
15
Q:05/17/02
R:05/22/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 52: Roadway Excavation

I have asked this question before, but do not see it posted or answered.  Is it possible to get the contour grading sheets (both original ground and design grades) in electronic format?  If we could get this information in microstation, autocad or dxf format, we could generate our mass haul diagram from this data vs having to digitize in all of the cross-sections for the job.
Please advise.

  • SEE INQUIRY NO. 9, only original ground is available in .dgn format.
16
Q:05/20/02
R:05/24/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 62: Imported Topsoil

You list the quantities for this item by station-cut/fill (Q-11). Yet no detail can I find other than that on sheet (D-114), for the grass lined ditch.  That doesn't account for the total quantity.  Where does the rest of it go, or is the item quantity a bust?

  • SEE ADDENDA NO.1 
17
Q:05/22/02
R:05/24/02
R:06/10/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 209: ALUMINUM BRIDGE RAILING 

Section 10-1.86 ALUMINUM BRIDGE RAILING quotes are guaranteed prices till 01/31/03, but orders cannot be placed before then. Can the prices be guaranteed until the bridges are completed. 

18
Q:05/28/02
R:05/28/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 62: IMPORTED TOPSOIL

The bid item for imported topsoil requires that it be placed on both serrated and non-serrated slopes.  What thickness is required, and is this material figured into the overall earthwork calculations?

  • SEE ADDENDUM NO. 1.
19
Q:05/28/02
R:06/19/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Does trucking for imported material from a site not designated by the State require payment of prevailing wage? 

  • No.
20
Q:05/28/02
R:06/19/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

Does disposal of materials offsite require prevailing wages?

  • No.
 21
Q:05/28/02
R:06/11/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 59: LEAN CONCRETE BACKFILL

Is there a specification for lean concrete backfill, please clarify.

  • Item 59: Lean Concrete Backfill shall conform to the provisions for slurry cement backfill in Section 19-3.062, "Slurry Cement Backfill," of the Standard Specifications, except that there is no option for the aggregate it shall be commercial quality sand. 
22
Q:05/31/02
R:06/08/02
R:06/17/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item #81 - Water Meter 7ea

Per spec provisions page 233, is the $25,000 fee for each water meter or for all seven? 

  • Per Section 10-2.04 HIGHWAY PLANTING of the Special Provisions the cost for one (1) water meter is $25,000.00 paid per EACH. 
Since the City is installing the water meters, what labor, equipment and so forth are required from the contractor?
  • Not much.
23
Q:05/31/02
R:06/10/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Plan Sheet 314

The reinforcing mesh shown on sheet 314 for use in the concrete ditch lining converts to 6" X 6" - 6ga X 6ga, 6 ga size is too large for this application and would have to be  bent to shape in a fabrication shop. The standard mesh used in the past for these ditches has been 6" X 6" - 10ga X 10 ga (Metric 150 X 150- MW9XMW9). Is this a conversion error, please clarify.

  •  SEE ADDENDUM NO. 2.
24
Q:06/03/02
R:06/17/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=ITEM 151: and ITEM 152:

THERE IS NO TYPICAL SECTION FOR THE 200 mm UNDERDRAINS EXCEPT THE STANDARD PLANS D-102, WHICH SHOWS A VARIABLE HEIGHT OF EXCAVATION & PERMEABLE MATERIAL MEASURED FROM THE INVERT OF THE PIPE TO THE GRADING PLANE (inside subgrade area) AND 150 mm FROM ORIGINAL (outside subgrade area). FILL DEPTHS WHERE THESE UNDERDRAINS ARE REQUIRED RANGES FROM 3 meter to 15 meter. 
ASSUMING THAT THE INVERT OF THE PIPE IS CLOSE TO ORIGINAL GROUND, DOES IT MEAN THAT WE NEED TO PLACE THE PERMEABLE MATERIAL & FILTER FABRIC 3 meter to 15 meter HIGH? 
PLEASE CLARIFY.

  • For bidding purposes use the detail as shown in the Standard Plans (JULY 1999) D102 per the EXCAVATION AND BACKFILL detail the "variable" depth shall be 1 M. Any difference in depth after bidding shall be handled in accordance with Section 4-1.03 of the Standard Specifications.
25
Q:06/03/02
R:06/03/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=ITEM 62 IMPORTED TOPSOIL.

THE SITE IS PRIMARILY A FARMLAND. COULD WE POSSIBLY USE THE USABLE EXISTING TOPSOIL IN LIEU OF IMPORTING THE MATERIAL?. HOW THICK IS THE TOPSOIL REQUIRED?

  • SEE ADDENDUM NO. 1.
26
Q:06/03/02
R:06/17/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Plans, Drainage Quantities, Note 1.

Where do we find specifications for Soil Tight Joints for RCP and CMP

  • There is no information provided in the contract therefore a CCO shall be written to add the following requirements: "Joints for pipe designated as soil tight shall be wrapped with filter fabric in accordance with the joint preparation detail as attached. Filter fabric shall conform to Section 88-1.03 "Filter Fabric" of the Standard Specifications."
  • JOINT PREPARATION DETAIL   
27
Q:06/05/02
R:06/06/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Sheet X-2, East Bound Lane Typical Section

Previously question # 4 asked if "On X-2, is the intent for the section on the Eastbound Lanes to be typical section 1?"  You're response was "No".  Our sheet X-2 does indicate typical section 1 for the traveled way as well as for the shoulder area.  What is the correct typical section for Eastbound Lanes on sheet X-2 and is the shoulder area to be the same as the traveled way as currently indicated?

  • Inquiry No. 4 has been corrected.
28
Q:06/06/02
R:06/06/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Addendum #1 

JUST REC'D ADDENDUM 1.  ON THE PLAN SHEETS LISTED REVISED, SHEET #S 230,234,241 & 242 WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE.  HAVE THESE SHEETS BEEN REVISED?

  • The plan sheets referenced are corrected by note on page 1 and 2 of Addendum 1. 
29
Q:06/06/02
R:06/10/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item # 147 and #157, 600mm Bituminous Coated Corrugated Steel Pipe (3.51mm thick)

Can 600mm Bituminous Coated Corrugated Steel Pipe 2.77mm thick be substituted for these bid items?

  • No. 
30
Q:06/07/02
R:06/10/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Bid Item 87: Asphalt Conc (Type A), Quantity sheet Q-2

It appears the quantities for Type A Asphalt For line A, right & left, in the areas of PCC paving have been computed incorrectly and are significantly inflated. I believe they may have used the thickness of the ATPB (120 mm) to compute the type A quantity under the ATPB instead of 45 mm.  If I am correct, this will result in a significant, greater than 25%, reduction in Type A quantity and should be corrected prior to bid.

31
Q:06/07/02
R:06/13/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item #92, Concrete Pavement, Special Provision Section 10-1.54 Materials 

On page 179 of the Specifications, "The concrete shall contain a minimum of 350 kg of portland cement per cubic meter."  Should this be 350 kg of cementitious material per cubic meter?

  • Correct, it should state cementitious material. 
32
Q:06/07/02
R:06/07/02
R:06/11/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Addenda No. 1

The structural plans do not show any apparent changes, please clarify what changed.

  • SEE ADDENDUM NO. 2 to re-issue sheets 619, 622, 634, 775, 779, 783, 786, 805, 824, 825, 827, 830, 843 and 845.
  • Also sheets 503 and 506.
33
Q:06/11/02
R:06/12/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item 86 & 91

Prior to installation of the ATPB on top of the 45mm layer of Type A Asphalt, does the surface of the Type A receive Asphalt Binder? 

  • Depending on the timeframe between placing the AC and the ATPB it may be required and will be paid as increase in item in accordance with Section 4-1.03 of the Standard Specifications. 
If so, will it be paid for in item 91?
  • Yes , it will paid for in Item 91: ASPHALTIC EMULSION (FOG SEAL COAT AND PAINT BINDER).
 34
Q:06/18/02
R:06/19/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Special Provisions section 10-1.55, Load Test Piles, page 184.

Will the State be providing the hydraulic bladder?

  • Yes, the State shall be responsible for the hydraulic bladder.
Will the State be performing the load test?
  • Yes, the State shall perform the load test.
35
Q:06/19/02
R:06/19/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=CONTRACT ITEMS 207 / 208:, SPECIAL PROVISIONS SECT 10-1.82 AND 10-1.83;PLAN SHEETS 489, 122, AND VARIOUS LAYOUT SHEETS E.G.  SH 19 AND 21.

REF ITEM 207 AND SPEC PROV.  10- 1.82 AND 83- THERE IS A SEPARATE PAY ITEM FOR GUARD RAIL DELINEATORS, YET THE SPEC PROV NOTE THESE AS INCLUDED WITH PAYMENT FOR ITEM 208. CLARIFY PLEASE. 

  • The last paragraph in Section 10-1.83 is in reference to Item 207: GUARD RAILING DELINEATOR. 
 36
Q:06/19/02
R:06/19/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=CONTRACT ITEMS 207 / 208:, SPECIAL PROVISIONS SECT 10-1.82 AND 10-1.83;PLAN SHEETS 489, 122, AND VARIOUS LAYOUT SHEETS E.G.  SH 19 AND 21.

BY CALCULATING THE TYPE 2A MOD FLARES SHOWN ON SHEET 122, AND COMPARING THE "PAY" LENGTHS FOR MBGR RUNS SHOWN ON SHEET 489, IT APPEARS THAT THE LENGTH OF "BACK RAIL" ( L1 ON SHEET 122) IS MEASURED AND PAID FOR ALONG THE FACE OF THE " BACK RAIL".THIS IS ALSO PER STD SPEC SECT 83-1.03 PARAGRAPHS 2 & 5.
PLEASE CONFIRM THIS AS HOW ITEM 208 AT TYP 2A MOD. FLARES WILL BE PAID.

  • The quantity of rail shall be measured along the face of the front and back rail per Section 83-1.03 of the Standard Specifications.
 37
Q:06/19/02
R:06/19/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Section 68-1and 11,220 feet of 6" pipe perforated , 8,300 feet of 8" pipe perforated 

Specification says that HDPE AASHTO M 252 & AASHTO M 294 can be used. This spec includes single and dual wall. Not sure which to bid.

You refer to contradicting specs / items therefore:

  • Per Section 10-1.71 of the Special Provisions refers to Section 68-1 which applies to Items 151 and 152 for UNDERDRAINS shall be single wall. 
  • Per Section 10-1.72 of the Special Provisions refers to Section 68-3 which applies to Items 153 and 154 for EDGEDRAINS doesn't include AASHTO M 252 or AASHTO M 294.
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