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Inquiry #1: Plans state no work is to take place within 25' (from CL) on either side of the railroad (RR) tracks. Is this outside the RR right-of-way? Is the Contractor required to obtain Right of Entry from the RR, RR insurance and/or RR flaggers? If so, does the State reimburse any of the costs or is payment included with bid prices?
Inquiry submitted 01/14/2014

Response #1: Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 01/14/2014

Response #2: Special Provisions Section 5-1.20C (Railroad Relations) states that the "project does not include work on the railroad property," therefore, a Right of Entry from the Railroad (RR), RR insurance, and/or RR flaggers are not needed.
Response posted 01/17/2014

Inquiry #2: Within Section 30-5.01D(4)(b) Test Strip and then in Section 30-5.03H Supplemental Compaction - It requires recompaction of CIR within 48-72 hours of initial compaction. This is in contradiction to curing requirements of section 30-5.03G Maintain and Protect Surface. Recompaction must be conducted after curing is complete and during sunlight hours with higher pavement temperatures to be effective. In addition, with traffic closure limitations there is no way to recompact within 72 hours since the CIR operation will be longer than 3 days, without the CIR operation stopped for a day to several days while recompaction catches up. The CIR operation should be continuous and then recompaction of the entire roadway should be conducted after curing is complete. This is the way every CIR job has been conducted to date in the State with many requiring a change order post bid due to this specification requirement. Please advise.

Section 30-5.01D(4)(d) Smoothness - An MRI on the CIR is specified without significant experience on whether the requirements are reasonable for CIR for this project. It is required to place the CIR 0.33’ in thickness. The CIR is subject to the variability of the existing road and maintenance treatments as well as the environmental conditions when placed, all leading to changes in screed density and potential bumps. How is a placement contractor able to make the smoothness requirements as specified without excessive bump grinding and leaving a potentially weaker structural section open to traffic while smoothness requirements are met? Why not a percentage improvement or a reasonable mandatory bump grind specified so that the RE’s do not have to deal with changes to the specification after the fact? Please advise.

Section 30-5.02H Asphaltic Emulsion - It specifies that Grade SSIh or Grade CSS1h is to be used. In discussing the issue with the emulsion suppliers, the ERA typically used for CIR generally meets all the requirements of CSS1h. However, in some instances, the ERA may meet all the quality requirements except for the storage requirements, since the material is used to break faster for a quick release to traffic on the CIR. The storage requirements are not applicable for the CIR fog seal since the material is used daily. Why can’t the ERA be used for fog seal on this project like the 30 other State CIR projects before this one? The ERA used as fog seal for the CIR guarantees compatibility. In addition in almost all projects for the State, the 1:1 (50/50) dilution has been waived and the Fog Seal is applied at a 60 (water)/40 (emulsion) dilution instead. There is less pickup and it spreads smoother. Please advise.

Section 30-5.03D(1) General: In item 1 it excludes conduction of CIR if the pavement is wet. Why is this a limitation? There is no justification. Water is added to the CIR anyway. Sometimes it is advantageous to prewet the pavement as in the case of a roadway with rubber chip seal or a lot of rubber crack fill so as to keep the RAP temperature down so that it does not gum up the crusher. In addition, if there is overnight fog or rain and the pavement is damp to start the CIR in the sunlight the next day, does the State really expect all work to be halted until the road dries up so the CIR contractor can then just add water during the milling and the mixing along with the water in the ERA? Please advise.

Inquiry submitted 01/15/2014

Response #1: Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 01/16/2014

Response #2: Refer to Addendum No. 1, dated January 24, 2014.
Response posted 01/24/2014

The information provided in the responses to bidder inquiries is not a waiver of Section 2-1.07, “JOB SITE AND DOCUMENT EXAMINATION” of the Standard Specifications or any other provision of the contract, nor to excuse the contractor from full compliance with the contract. Bidders are cautioned that subsequent responses or contract addenda may change a previous response.