The responses to bidder's inquiries, unless incorporated into a formal addendem 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 availability or use of information provided in the responses to bidder's 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.
Q) With reference to Section 10-2.04, "Highway Planting," of the Special Provisions, it specifies that '... weed germination shall be performed within the areas shown on the plans as "Weed Germination".' No areas are indentified on plans, where are these areas?
A) Please bid in accordance with the contract plans and specifications.
Q) The ‘Existing Plant Material’ symbol on the Legend (Plant List P-1) indicates only shrubs and trees. Please confirm that it also includes the existing groundcover areas.
A) The Legend symbol for 'Existing Plant Material' located on Sheet PL-1 includes existing ground cover areas.
Q) There are approximately 4,878 m of 'Prune Shrubs' and 361 each 'Plants to be pruned' shown on drawings PR-1 through PR-22 and specified in Section 'Prune (E) Plants'. Is the contractor required to re-prune (maintain height & width per detail on plan LD-2) of these plants during the contract and/or at the end of the Plant Establishment period (after +/- 4 years)?
A) Pruning is only intended to be performed once with this contract. The contractor will not be required to re-prune to maintain plant height throughout the Plant Establishment Period.
Q) A jobsite review discovered a severe infestation of rode
nt throughout the whole project. The Special Provisions for conductors do not specify the armor clad wire protection to prevent potential damage by gophers or other rodents. We are concerned about rodent damage to the wires during the duration of contract and after wards. The price difference (for material only) would add about $100,000 to the item. Please confirm that no wire protection is required.
A) Control wire for irrigation should be bid as shown on the plans. Armor Clad wire is not specified.