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Q1) Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of May 2009,"Buy American" reads, all construction materials, Repeat; ALL CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS will be made in the USA, with three exceptions. 1. Not made in the USA 2. Too expensive, 3. Not in the best interest of the public. Does Caltrans follow and enforce these regulations on this ARRA funded projects?
A1) Yes, all regulations of ARRA will be enforced. Refer to Section 7-1.01, "Laws to be Observed", of the Standard Specifications. 2Apr10.
Q2) The Mulch section of the Special Provisions, page 69, states that the mulch provider must be a compost producer and a participant in the United States Composting Council (USCC) Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) program. The Mulch section, page 69 to 70, seems to be the same specifications for Soil Amendment on Section 20-2.03. Should the mulch be wood chips or Bark or a combination of both? Should Bid Item 14, Soil Amendment be increased to 1240 CY? What is required depth for spreading the mulch?
A2) Specifications for Mulch and Soil Amendment are different, bid accordingly. Refer to Special Provisions page 69, Section 10-2.04, Item #3 under mulch for mulch requirements. The quantity for bid item #14 is correct, bid accordingly. Depth can be derived using “Area Mulch” areas as shown on the plans. 5Apr10
Q3) The Planting Plans (PP-1 to PP-6), sheet 13 to 18, called out different acreages of Wild Flower Seeding. However, it does not specify the limits for the Wild Flower Seeding. The planting section of the Special Provisions, also, does not specify how to prepare or install the seeds. In addition, it does not list the type of seeds required for this job. What kind of seeds are required for the Wild Flower Seeding? Should there be a bid item for the Wild Flower Seeding? What are the requirements and scope for installing Wild Flower Seeding?
A3) Please refer to Addendum No. 3 dated April 15, 2010. 22Apr10.
Q4) The Bid Item 15 on the Bid Item List, page 3, calls for 1240 CY of Mulch. The Planting Plans, sheets 13 to 18, PP-1 to PP-6, show different amounts of mulch that total to 6178 CY of Mulch. What is the correct Mulch amount? Should the bid quantity of 1240 CY of mulch be increased to 6178 CY?
A4) Please refer to Addendum No. 3 dated April 15, 2010. 22Apr10.
Q5) The Bid Item number 43 on page 5 of the Special Provisions call for 2920 SQFT of Minor Concrete (Textured Paving). The Summary of Quantities on sheet 11, Q-1, also comes up with a total of 2920 SQFT. However, I came up with a much higher square footage for the Minor Concrete. Should there be a much higher square footage for the Minor Concrete?
A5) Please refer to Addendum No. 3 dated April 15, 2010. 22Apr10.
Q6) The Bid Item number 4 on page 3 of the Special Provisions calls for 3 EA Maintenance Vehicle Pad (Rock). The Layout Plans, sheet 2 to 4, L1 to L-3, show in fact three MVPR locations. The Planting Plans, sheets 13 to 18, however, show 5 MVPR. Are there 3 or 5 Maintenance Vehicle Pad (Rock)?
A6) Please refer to Addendum No. 3 dated April 15, 2010. 22Apr10.
Q7) Items 26 to 33, plastic pipe, are final pay quantities. The total amount of pipe on items 26 to 33 comes to 37,720 LF. However, I came up with a total of 45,673 LF of pipe. Since these are final pay quantities, should the total pipe quantity be increased to 45,673 LF?
A7) The plastic pipe quantities listed in the bid package are correct, bid accordingly. 8Apr10.