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Inquiry #1: This is a Federally funded contract and we want to know what laborer classification can be used for landscaping or irrigation works. Landscaping/irrigation laborer is not listed under Davis Bacon wage classification and we are wondering which laborer classification could be the right one for landscaping/irrigation. Please let us know the right classification from below:

Federal Laborer Group 1
California Laborer Group 1
California Landscaping/Irrigation Laborer


Inquiry submitted 01/23/2014

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 01/23/2014


Response #2:Compare the California Landscape/Irrigation Laborer to the Federal Laborer Group 2 (irrigation) and pay the higher of the two.
Response posted 01/29/2014




Inquiry #2: Bid Item 31 has 30,000 SY of new turf. Will contractor be responsible for mowing the turf during three year plant establishment period?
Inquiry submitted 02/10/2014

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/11/2014


Response #2:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/11/2014


Response #3:Yes. Please refer to section 20-9.03J of the Notice to Bidders and Special Provisions, page 45.
Response posted 02/11/2014




Inquiry #3: Per p52 of specs:
"Add to section 20-7.04:
The Department withholds 50 percent of the estimated value of highway planting work done until a statement from the vendor is submitted that shows the order for the plants required for this Contract has been placed."

Please clarify definition of placement. Does placement include the 3 year plant establishment period?

Inquiry submitted 02/19/2014

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/20/2014


Response #2:"Has been placed" refers to placing the orders for the plants; not placing the plants in the ground. Please bid per the current contract documents.
Response posted 02/20/2014




Inquiry #4: Due to the condense areas to work in the high traffic volume, we are requesting an additional 100 days.
Inquiry submitted 02/21/2014

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/21/2014


Response #2:Please bid per the current contract documents.
Response posted 02/24/2014




Inquiry #5: Caltrans must reconsider adding another 150 days to the job for the reasons listed below:
- Route 163 between I-5 and Washington has heavy congesting traffic 7 days per week due to the commuters to and from downtown San Diego, the Zoo area, the Museum area, and the park area.
- To complete the road site clearing in a timely manner, to allow for planting completion the landscape contractor will have to block lanes completely in many areas creating a massive traffic jam and creating complaints to the City and the State.
- All contractors need 250 days to complete the job, especially for this extensive road side clean up in a heavily traffic congested area.
- This area where all the work will be performed is the most congested traffic area in all San Diego County 7 days per week.

Inquiry submitted 02/24/2014

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/24/2014


Response #2:Please bid per the current contract documents.
Response posted 02/24/2014




Inquiry #6: According to the Closure Charts, Caltrans is only giving the contractor 6-7 hrs Monday - Thursday and even less on Friday. With Such a tight Schedule will Caltrans be extending the closure times to allow for overtime and weekend work?
Inquiry submitted 02/24/2014

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/24/2014


Response #2:Please bid per the current contract documents.
Response posted 02/26/2014




Inquiry #7: I evaluated the trees again, especially Palm trees. The Palm trees with the extensive growth are evidently harboring migratory birds and predator birds such as owls and raptors, there may be endangered species inside the large dense Palm branch area. According to the Fish and Game Department of California, tree work must cease when encountering migratory birds or predatory. We will encounter many delays. The planting cannot begin until all tree work is completed. We anticipate 100 days of delays to the evidence of predatory and migratory birds in the Palm trees. Please verify this with the Fish and Game Department.
Inquiry submitted 02/24/2014

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/24/2014


Response #2:Refer to Section 14-6.03 BIRD PROTECTION of the Standard Specifications. Time extensions for work stoppages associated with the migratory birds would be addressed by a change order/project suspension. Please bid per the current contract documents.
Response posted 02/26/2014




Inquiry #8: On Page 35 of the Special Provisions for Pruning the Palms states that the trucks are to be skinned, will this be required?
Inquiry submitted 02/26/2014

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/27/2014


Response #2:Yes, per section 20-1.03D, skinning palm tree trunks is required.


Response posted 02/27/2014






The information provided in the responses to bidder inquiries is not a waiver of Section 2-1.03, “Examination of Plans, Specifications, Contract, and Site of Work,” 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.