BIDDER'S INQUIRIES & RESPONSES
DISTRICT 11 CONSTRUCTION
CONTRACT NO:  11-199364
ROUTE / KP 11-IMP-111-R28.2/R35.6
LOCATION In Imperial County In And Near Brawley From Keystone Road To Route 78.
DESCRIPTION Construct A 4-lane Divided Highway And Two Bridge Structures.
ESTIMATE $ 15,636,000.00
ADVERTISE DATE 08/05/02
BID OPENING 09/19/02        10/03/02
FINAL POSTING 10/03/02         @   09:00

BID RESULTS
   
ALL BIDS REJECTED

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
MIBs
CROSS SECTIONS
     
ADDENDUM

 ADDENDUM NO. 1
09/06/02
 ADDENDUM NO. 2
09/19/02
 ADDENDUM NO. 3
09/XX/02
 

BIDDER'S INQUIRY SUBMITTAL FORM
 

Inquiry No.
Inquiry
1
Q:08/07/02
R:09/25/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

When will the cross sections be available and where?

  • Cross sections are available as of 09/25/02 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
 2
Q:08/07/02
R:08/10/02
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
3
Q:08/15/02
R:08/28/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

The specification for the referenced contract calls for the contractor to handle and dispose of contaminated materials.  The specification does not specifically relieve the contractor of further responsibility for the materials after completion of proper disposal under contract requirements.  This protection has been provided for in previous Caltrans projects.

It is not possible to price the risks and liabilities inherent in handling and disposing of such materials due to existing laws.  While we can accept the obligation to properly handle and dispose of the material, once completed in accordance with the plans and specifications the contractor should not carry the long term liability associated with assuming the role of “generator” from the owner.  Remedial action hazardous waste contractors who do this type of work do not accept this liability and the State’s construction contractors should not be ask to do so where the State chooses to include contaminated materials in a contract rather than through remedial action cleanup contracts.  The risk is wholly beyond control to the contractor once it is properly disposed of, and it is essentially uninsurable.

Clauses similar the following have been used to protect contractors from long term liability, we request a similar clause be included in this project.

“With respect to liability, damages, claims and costs thereof relating to or arising out of contamination, special or non-special wastes, hazardous wastes or pollution in connection with the excavation, stockpiling, handling, transporting and disposing of such waste as called for by this contract:  a) It is understood that the Contractor’s services involving such substances are uninsurable and for the Owner’s benefit.  Contractor shall not be obligated for further cleanup, removal or remedial action after completing the work.  b) It is acknowledged that the Owner is considered and designated the generator under the contract and will obtain any necessary generator identification numbers and sign necessary generator manifests.   c) Owner shall, to the fullest extent allowed by law, indemnify, defend and save harmless, Contractor, subcontractors and their respective sureties, from and against all contamination, special or non-special wastes, hazardous wastes or pollution in connection with the performance of the contract, including presence, release or threatened release, and including but not limited to damages arising from economic loss, personal injury, property damage or death; and cost or expense, including the costs of defense of litigation and settlement of lawsuits brought against the Contractor.  This provision shall not apply to substances brought onto the site by Contractor or its subcontractors.  d) Owner is responsible for the design and closure of the site, the acquisition of permits required for this work, and for the designation of the disposal site.”

  • The State does take responsibility in accordance with Section 10-1.29.2 MATERIAL CONTAINING HAZARDOUS WASTE AND CONTAMINATION of the Special Provisions; Section MATERIAL TRANSPORTATION states:
    • "...The Department will not consider the Contractor a generator of these hazardous materials, and the Contractor will not be obligated for further cleanup, removal, or remedial action for such materials handled or disposed of in conformance with the requirements specified in these special provisions and the appropriate State and Federal laws and regulations and county and municipal ordinances and regulations regarding hazardous waste."
    and Section DISPOSAL states:
      "...The Engineer will sign all hazardous waste manifests." 
    Therefore no further clarification is necessary. 
 4
Q:08/16/02
R:08/22/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

I would like the original ground (clean topography) files e-mailed to me as soon as possible.

5
Q:08/16/02
R:08/16/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

When will full size plans be available?

  • Plans are available through the link above and can be downloaded for printing at any printing firm or as listed per Inquiry # 2. 
 6
Q:08/23/02
R:09/05/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=

The second unit for Highway 111, which bid in July of 2001, had an addendum which changed the class 5 to a class 4. It appears that this change was helpful in a Cost Reduction Incentive for that project with saving in excess of one million dollars. Can the details of the actual cost reduction incentive be made available so all bidders will have a level playing field for the current Contract?

  • The CRIPs submitted for Unit 2 Contract 11-199344 will not be adopted for general application on this contract nor any other contract administered by the Department for various reasons. Therefore any proposal to use the identical or similar CRIP will not be accepted for this contract. Bids for this contract should be based on the plans and specifications as provided, any potential CRIPs are not applicable prior to bid opening. 
 7
Q:09/03/02
R:09/04/02
R:09/26/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Item #42- Concrete Pavement

It appears the bid item and quantity listed on sheet "Q-1" for the concrete pavement is not correct. Will an addendum be issued to change the quantity?

  • The following items shall be modified by addendum: 
  • Any adjustments due to changes in quantity shall be handled in accordance with Section 4-1.03 of the Standard Specifications. 
Item 37: CLASS 4 AGGREGATE SUBBASE ______  63,267.52 M3_____-28%
Item 38: CLASS 2 AGGREGATE BASE__________  40,191.77 M3_____-20%
Item 40: ASPHALT CONCRETE BASE (TYPE A) __   43,754.90 TONNE_ -25%
Item 42: CONCRETE PAVEMENT ______________ 28,602.80 M3_____ -27%
8
Q:08/28/02
R:09/08/02
R:10/03/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Section 10-1.10 OBSTRUCTIONS

Is there a contact person at IID?

  • Larry Bell (760) 339-9255
  • After award of contract any communication with the existing utility owners shall include the Engineer in accordance with Section 10-1.l0 OBSTRUCTIONS.
9
Q:09/26/02
R:09/26/02
Plan Sheet / Specification Reference=Special provisions Section (Chart No. 2, page 114)

The chart allows the Schwartz Road - Hwy 111 intersection to be closed for only 30 calendar days. This is less than was allowed for either of the last two projects to the south for similar intersection work. This shortened closure will increase the cost of completing the work. 
Can the time allowed be increased to 40 days?

  • No addenda can be issued at this time therefore a CRIP may be proposed in accordance with Section 5-1.019 COST REDUCTION INCENTIVE of the Special Provisions. 
 
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