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Q1) In the bid schedule, no items are designated as Specialty Items (S). Was this intended?
A1) Yes. Section 5-1.055 SUBCONTRACTING in the Amendments (Special Provisions, pg. 119)requires the contractor to perform at least 30% of the contract work with his/her own forces. With the change to the subcontracting percentage, the Department no longer uses specialty items.
Q2) The Standard Specifications discuss percentage of work to be performed by the General Contractor in Section 8 Prosecution and Progress. Special Provision Section 8 (Amendments)does not address percentage for this project. However, there is mention of percentage in Special Provision Section 5 (Amendments). Was this intended?
A2) Yes, the Amendments (Special Provisions, pg. 165) have replaced Section 8-1.01 of the Standard Specifications with "8-1.01 (Blank)." Refer to the answer for Question 1.
Q3) How many portable message boards will be required? The plans do not show any locations nor does the specials.
A3) It's intended that one PCMS be placed in advance of each lane closure, for each direction of travel, as stated in Section 10-1.16 of the Special Provisions.