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Q1) Is the entire existing bridge exposed steel to be painted and paid as paint structural steel (existing bridge) under BI #15, and including the painting of exposed new metal surfaces?
A1) No. Please refer to the first paragraph of Section 10-1.21, "Clean and Paint Structural Steel," of the special provisions and to the contract plans.
Q2) On drawing sheet 15 of 15, Groove weld detail, the note calls for grinding the existing weld full length and prepare 3 Min V-Grooves. What does the 3 Min call for. The weld symbol shows the field weld V-Groove with the number 3 on both ends. Is this calling for 3-inches of weld? Please clarify the weld required, it seems the groove would be the full length of the plate but the detail is not clear as to what is required.
A2) No additional information will be provided. Please bid per current contract documents.