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Inquiry #1: Since the project is 300 working days, can bid item #73 (F) Furnish Sign Structure (Truss) be included in the listing for MOH payments?
Inquiry submitted 02/05/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/05/2013


Response #2:No. The contract price paid per pound for furnish sign structure will be paid as listing in the Engineer's Estimate.
Response posted 03/08/2013




Inquiry #2: Sheet L-4 shows a 16' chain link gate but it appears to be a double swing gate.

*Please clarify if this is a single swing gate or double swing gate.

*If this is a double swing gate, please revise the bid item form and the summary of quantities to reflect the correct amount of gates.

Inquiry submitted 02/07/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/07/2013


Response #2:Per Plan Sheet L-4, Q-2, and Standard Plans, CL-6 chain link gate is required. 16' is shown. See the Standard Plans for details of CL-6 gate.. Refer to addendum 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 02/08/2013




Inquiry #3: Sheet L-4 shows a 12' chain link gate but it appears to be a double swing gate.

*Please clarify if this is a single swing gate or double swing gate.

*If this is a double swing gate, please revise the bid item form and the summary of quantities to reflect the correct amount of gates.

Inquiry submitted 02/07/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/07/2013


Response #2:Per Plan Sheets L-4, Q-2, and Standard Plans, CL-6 chain link gate is required. 12' is shown. See the Standard Plans for details of CL-6 gate. Refer to addendum 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 02/08/2013




Inquiry #4: How is the temporary aggregate base and asphalt for the detours for the installation of the temporary box culvert on sheet 127 paid? Where are the quantities on the summary of quantities on sheet 169?
Inquiry submitted 02/13/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/15/2013


Response #2:As shown on the x-section on Sheet 127, No temporary aggregate base is involved. Hot Mix Asphalt(HMA) thickness is 0.3'. All HMA will be paid under bid item , "Hot Mix Asphalt".
Response posted 02/21/2013




Inquiry #5: Do the frontage roads, surface roads and PVAE roads require 2.5' of compaction from finished grade?
Inquiry submitted 02/13/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/15/2013


Response #2:Yes.
Response posted 02/21/2013




Inquiry #6: Where are the quantities (embankment, aggregate base and HMA) for TC-1 on the summary of quantities on sheet 169?
Inquiry submitted 02/13/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/15/2013


Response #2:Actual quantity of HMA & Aggregate will be paid under bid item , "Hot Mix Asphalt' & "Cl 2 Aggregate Base". They are not shown on sheet 169.

Response posted 02/21/2013




Inquiry #7: Will a PI0 for smoothness be required on the surface streets, frontage roads and PVAE roads? Will a profilograph be required for these roads?
Inquiry submitted 02/13/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/15/2013


Response #2:Yes. Per "Standard Specification" Section 39-1.12, if pavement does not comply with the smoothness specifications, profilograph is required.

Response posted 02/21/2013




Inquiry #8: According to Sheet X-3 (page 4 of 235),from station 402+92 to 436+91 we are to remove existing structural section B that is within the limit of new Trape Ditch; however, on many occasions existing pavement falls outside of Catchpoint of new Trape Ditch. Do we still need to remove existing pavement that falls outside the Trape Ditch Catchpoint, and if we have to remove existing pavement outside catchpoint how does it get paid?
Inquiry submitted 02/21/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/21/2013


Response #2:The quantity is covered under "Remove AC Pavement' and will be paid under "Roadway Excavation"as shown on Sheet Q-1.
Response posted 02/22/2013




Inquiry #9: It seems that some of the trees and vines in the alignment have been removed.
Will the remaining orchard trees and vines be removed from the project right of way prior to start of construction?

Inquiry submitted 02/21/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/21/2013


Response #2:No.
Response posted 02/22/2013




Inquiry #10: In response to the answer for bid inquiry #8, it states that we need to remove existing pavement, and that it gets paid as Roadway Excavation; however, there is a significant portions of existing rte 180 that is outside of grading area. Usually, these areas tend to be paid as Remove Base & Surfacing, or Obliterate Surfacing. If all of Existing Rte 180 is to be removed, then how does the dirt required to fill vacancy left by existing pavement (Outside Grading Areas) to be paid?
Inquiry submitted 02/25/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/27/2013


Response #2:Contractor is paid for removing existing rte 180 as Roadway Excavation. The entire width of the existing 180 is used to calculate the item "Remove Asphalt Concrete Pavement" so the location along the grading area does not determine the contractor's order of operation. "Obliterate Surfacing" is not used as a payment method for this project but the contractor has the option to pulverize the existing 180 segment and leave it in the current location.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #11: 1) According to Summary of Quantity sheet Q-1 (page 169 of 235), there's 10,928 CY of Stockpile Excavation; however, there are no plan drawings that show this area. Can you please issue plans that show stockpile location, and contour grading plans for it?
Inquiry submitted 02/25/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/27/2013


Response #2:No additional plans will be issued for this area. Please field verify the location and quantity.
Response posted 03/08/2013




Inquiry #12: 1) According to plan sheet D-2 (page 72 of 235, there is Basin "A" being built on the right side of station 20+00 on Quality Ave. Is Basin "A" excavation quantity reflected in Summary of Quantities sheet Q-1 under 391 cy of Roadway Excavation?
Inquiry submitted 02/25/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/27/2013


Response #2:Yes. That is the only basin in this project and it is located around Sta 16+25 along the Quality Ave.
Response posted 03/04/2013




Inquiry #13: There appears to be no spec for the gradation or a detail for item 42, shoulder backing, please clarify.
Inquiry submitted 02/26/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/27/2013


Response #2:Please see Standard Specifications 2010 Section 19-9 (Shoulder Backing ) for all grading requirements.
Response posted 03/04/2013




Inquiry #14: Per Bid Item No. 47 - Imported Borrow and Section 19-7.02B of the Special Provisions, since the State directed that the contractor "must obtain" local borrow from the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District - Fancher Creek Basin, is the State paying for all necessary fees (ie, Royality, County Road Tax, CARB Fees, SWPPP Fees/Permit, Dust Control Permits, Engineering Fees, Etc.)? If no, what are the additional fees and terms that are required by the FMFCD?
Inquiry submitted 02/26/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/27/2013


Response #2:Refer to addendum number 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #15: Please provide details for the shoulder backing (width & depth) and locations (median or outside shoulder).
Inquiry submitted 02/26/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/27/2013


Response #2:Refer to addendum number 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #16: In response to Inquiry No.9 and the States' answer, the existing orchard/vineyard/grove/trees removal process is changing weekly, prior to bid. Please provide exact limits of actual orchard/vineyard/grove/trees that the contractor is responsible for the removal.
Inquiry submitted 02/28/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 02/28/2013


Response #2:The contractor is responsible for clearing and grubbing within the entire State Right of Way per 2010 Standard Specifications Section 16.
Response posted 03/05/2013




Inquiry #17: According to Specifications (page 34, section 19-7.02B and 19-7.02C), it indicates local or import borrow is to be obtained from Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District-Fancher Creek Basin. Can the state please provide the necessary information regarding; location of Fancher Creek Basin,all legal haul roads to project site, haul road grading plans, clearing & grubbing limits, waste areas for leaving screenings, wash area for screenings, and area for disposal of waste wash water final borrow site grading plan?
Inquiry submitted 02/28/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/04/2013


Response #2:Refer to addendum number 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #18: According to Specifications (page 45), section 39-1.22A designates areas receiving liquid asphalt prime coat. Can the state please indicate which areas are designated for Liquid Asphalt Prime Coat?
Inquiry submitted 02/28/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/04/2013


Response #2:Refer to addendum number 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #19: Section 8 on page 13 of the special provisions refers to a contractor supplied biologist. Is a contractor supplied biologist required for this project? If so, what are the requirements for the biologist and how is this work to be paid?
Inquiry submitted 03/01/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/04/2013


Response #2:Refer to addendum number 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #20: Section 10 on page 14 of the special provisions states "Complete the work on Lone Tree Canal realignment within 5 consecutive business days." What specific work on the Lone Tree Canal realignment must be completed in five business days? It does not seem possible to excavate the new canal alignment and construct all bridges and canal linings in 5 business days. Please clarify.
Inquiry submitted 03/01/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/04/2013


Response #2:Refer to addendum number 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #21: Section 12-5.03B on page 26 of the special provisions states "During the operations of Lone Tree Canal realignment work under one way traffic and flagging must be on a continuous 24 hour basis." The lane closure chart does not allow for continuous one way traffic on a 24 hour basis. Will the lane closure chart be modified for this requirement?
Inquiry submitted 03/01/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/04/2013


Response #2:Refer to addendum number 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #22: Section 39-1.22 on page 45 of the special provisions is for liquid asphalt prime coat. Is a prime coat required for this project? If so, where is the prime coat required and what is the quantity?
Inquiry submitted 03/01/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consieration.
Response posted 03/04/2013


Response #2:Refer to addendum number 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #23: Can Bid Item #53 Jointed Plain Concrete Pavement be included in the listing for MOH?
Inquiry submitted 03/05/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/06/2013


Response #2:No. This item will be paid per the Engineer's Estimate.
Response posted 03/08/2013




Inquiry #24: Are cross section available for the Fowler Switch Canal work?
Inquiry submitted 03/13/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/13/2013




Inquiry #25: Since Caltrans did not establish a DVBE goal, will the DVBE incentive apply, per Section 2-1.15C(2) DVBE incentive?
Inquiry submitted 03/13/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/14/2013


Response #2:The "Notice to Bidders"states

"The Department establishes no DVBE Contract goal but encourages bidders to obtain DVBE participation. "

Section 2-1.15 of the 2010 Standard Specifications (as revised) apply.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #26: In the job specific special provisions on page 35 section 28-2.02 it states, “Portland Cement Content of concrete base must be at least 340 lbs./CY.” However, in the 2010 standard specifications on page 375 section 28-2.02 it states, “The Portland Cement content of LCB must be at least 270 lbs./ CY.” Should the contractor assume 340 lbs./CY or 270 lbs./CY?
Inquiry submitted 03/13/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/14/2013


Response #2:According to Section 5-1.02 of the Standard Specifications, The Special provisions govern over the project plans.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #27: Is there any tie in plans or details for the temporary box culvert where it meets the new canal lining at Canal Line 2? Regarding the 5 day tie-ins for the canal, does this also include the building of the abutments? The specs say no work over existing canals during certain months, does this include the abutments as well?
Inquiry submitted 03/13/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/14/2013


Response #2:Refer to addendum number 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #28: The Special Provisions (page 47, section 40-103L(1)) reference “Safety Edges.” There is nothing in the contract documents showing the dimensions, locations, or quantity of the Safety Edge. Can the state please provide direction on the dimensions, locations, quantity, and method of payment for the Safety Edges?
Inquiry submitted 03/14/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/14/2013


Response #2:Refer to addendum number 1 dated March 20, 2013.
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #29: Will a bond breaker medium other than the specified "wax" based curing compound be required between the Concrete Pavement and the Lean Concrete Base?
Inquiry submitted 03/18/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/18/2013




Inquiry #30: ON BID ITEM 49, DRILL SEED UNIT OF MEASURE IS LISTED AS CY. ARE WE TO ASSUME THAT THIS IS TO BE ACRES INPLACE OF CY?
Inquiry submitted 03/19/2013

Response #1:Submitted for consideration.
Response posted 03/19/2013


Response #2:There appears to be a typographical error in the unit of measure for bid item 49. Unit of measure is acre(AC) as shown in the description,"210211,Erosion Control (Drill Seed) (Acre)."
Response posted 03/22/2013




Inquiry #31: Due to the high volume of unanswered questions, will you be postponing the bid date?
Inquiry submitted 03/20/2013

Response #1:Bid opening will be on March 26, 2013.
Response posted 03/22/2013






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.