June 25, 2003

CONTRACT NO. 04-0120Q4
County Route: SF-80-8.0/8.0


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The Caltrans District 4 Office is located at 111 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612. Send Contractor Inquiries via email to the Duty Senior at The mailing address is P.O. Box 23660, Oakland, CA 94623-0660. The Duty Senior's telephone number is (510) 286-5209 and the fax number is (510) 622-1805. All inquiries must include the contract number.

Total Number of Inquiries:10


We were unable to attend the pre-bid meeting. Can you fax us any pre-bid notes & agenda, and the sign-in sheet.

For individuals unable to attend the prebid meeting on June 5th, the agenda will be posted on the Business Enterprise webpage within the Toll Bridge Webpage. A list of the attendees and attendees of other Outreach Events can be downloaded from this website also. At this time this is the only information available, a transcript of the event does not exist. The website can be accessed to the following website and clicking on the Business Enterprise button on the left hand side of the screen.


NPDES PERMIT - Section 10-1.04 (page 107) Paragraph regarding Land-Based Excavation Dewatering provides a website address for obtaining the NPDES General Permit No. CAG912002 - this website address does not function and we have been unable to obtain a copy of the permit as of this inquiry. We would like to get the correct website address for obtaining the permit - or a copy sent from headquarters.

Here is the link to the website:

Most likely, your error occurred between the "gen" and "permit" have to type two spaces in between, not one.


Bid Item # 19, Obliterating Surfacing, shows the unit as being in 'M'. Shouldn't this quantity be listed in M2?

The correct unit of measure for Item #19 - Obliterate Surfacing is square meters (M^2). See Addendum #3.


For a site visit of Building 75, do we need to contact the Coast Guard, or will Caltrans make arrangements?

Prospective bidders may make arrangements to visit the project site by contacting the Duty Senior, District 04 Office, 111 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612, email:; telephone number (510) 286-5209.


Are as-builts for Building 75 available?

As-builts for building 75 are not available.


The cost of the Clearing & Grubbing work for this contract is a lot more than $1,120.00. Why is this so low? Can it be raised to an amount closer to reality?

The Clearing and Grubbing amount will not be changed.


Plan sheets CS-1 to CS-3 show detours for ramps that are being closed by others. We assume these detours are for reference only and we are not to include the costs of installing/maintaining/removing these detours in this bid. Is this assumption correct?

This assumption is correct. The contractor is not to include the costs of installing/maintaining/removing these detours in this bid.


The Unit Measure for item 19 is listed as M on the list of bid items. This should be changed to M2 on a prebid addendum.

The correct unit of measure for Item #19 - Obliterate Surfacing is square meters (M^2). See Addendum #3.


Section 10-1.27 advise the demolish building work is to include the dirt backfilling but the earthwork quantities listed on Q-1 indicate we will be paid under the Imported Borrow bid item for the 150 M3 of backfill. We assume that we will be paid for backfilling the buidling under the Imported Borrow bid item #41 unit price and that we should not include these costs under the Demolish Building bid item #35 price. Is this assumption correct?

No. Your assumption is incorrect. Demolition, removal and disposal of buildings includes backfilling of resultant excavations and depressions.


Is a coating required on the steel piles in the Soldier Pile retaining wall?

Steel soldier piles conform to Section 49-5, "Steel Piles," of the Standard Specifications and the contract special provisions.