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RFP - Design Build Route 146 Reconstruction (Solicitation Documents Available Online at ridop.ri.gov Bid Number 7611863) 2021-DB-015

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Date Asked: 09/16/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
Please provide missing existing plans sheets that detail the existing geometry of the 295/146 interchange (both I-295 NB & SB and of the ramps) and Route 99 north of Bridge 098701 and the ramp from 146 NB to Route 99 NB.
Date Asked: 09/16/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
Please provide the CAD files for RFP Appendix B Volume 3 – Misc BTC plans (Guide Signs & Reservoir Bridge No. 188).
Date Asked: 09/14/2021 Date Answered: 09/14/2021
Poster: maureen mchugh Company: RIDOT
Question:
There appears to be an issue with the project specific confidential email address listed in the RFP. Please confirm the email address.
Answer:
Please use the following email address for any confidential project related questions in lieu of the one listed in the RFP: DOA.Rte146Questions@purchasing.ri.gov
Date Asked: 09/09/2021 Date Answered: 09/13/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Are there any pages missing from the "Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters Primary Covered Transactions" Form that require a signature? 
Answer:
Yes this is the complete form. Although there are no signature and date boxes this form still needs to be signed and dated and submitted with the RFP.
Date Asked: 09/09/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Section 1.1.1 of the RFP states that Liquidated Damages are outlined in Section 108.08, Part 3 of the RFP. It is our understanding that Part 3 will be added by Addendum. Please provide.
Date Asked: 09/08/2021 Date Answered: 09/08/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
RFP (see Part 1 Section 3.5, page 17) doesn’t specify what is required with the initial ATC submission (number of hard copies, disks, email, etc). Please let us know how many copies and in what format need to be provided to the Department of Purchasing.
Answer:
Please submit nine (9) hard copies of the initial ATC submission and one (1) digital copy on a CD. The digital version shall be exactly the same as the hard copy version.
Date Asked: 08/31/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
Where the RFP requires MASH TL-5 barrier on I-295 and Rt. 146 (including bridges), the plans do not provide details of the reinforcing for the crash-tested shape labeled in the bridge plans. The highway plans indicate a Modified 40.1.0 and 40.2.0 TL-4 median barrier to be installed. Please clarify the test level requirements of the barrier, which shall be used for moment slab and deck overhang design, and provide details with reinforcing required for both bridge and highway barrier.
Answer:
The BTC Plans are preliminary and do not contain finalized details. It is the responsibility of the DB Entity to finalize design and detailing in accordance with the RFP requirements.
Date Asked: 08/24/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Section 8.4 Proposal Clarifications states that “Clarifications requested at the oral interview should be confirmed in writing.” However there is no mention of interviews in the procurement schedule. Will interviews by part of this procurement process?
Answer:
Oral interviews will not be conducted. Section 8.4 will be revised in a future addendum to remove references to oral interviews.
Date Asked: 08/24/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
In Section 3.4 ATC Process, Figure 3-1 shows an ATC interview meeting. The procurement schedule does not show ATC meetings. Section 3.5 states that the State will hold one mandatory confidential Initial ATC Meeting within 7 calendar days of submission of Initial ATC’s. When will they be scheduled and how much time will be allotted?
Answer:
ATC meetings will not be conducted. Section 3.4 Figure 3-1 and Section 3.5 will be revised in a future addendum to remove references to ATC meetings.
Date Asked: 08/24/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
Please confirm it is acceptable to RIDOT for proposers to communicate and coordinate with Public Utilities regarding the Bridge Group 96, Route 146 Reconstruction Project. Also, if is acceptable to communicate with the Public Utilities, please provide contact info for any specific individuals RIDOT would prefer that we contact.
Answer:
Correct, DB Teams may communicate directly with utilities during the proposal phase. A list of utility contacts based on the BTC and preliminary utility coordination performed by the State is provided in RFP Part 2, Section 5.3.1. Please note that contacts for National Grid Electric and COX have recently changed. National Grid Electric contacts will be updated to Sean McGovern, Email: Sean.McGovern@Nationalgrid.com, Phone: 401-255-2498 and Patrick Sullivan, Email: Patrick.sullivan4@nationalgrid.com, Phone: 781-493-5339. The COX contact will be updated to Shawn Murphy, Cox Communications/Northeast Region, Email: Shawn.Murphy@cox.com, Phone: 401-430-5599.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Section 6.8 states that we must label the envelope RFP# 7611863PH2-BID BOND but the directions differ in Section 4.1. Please advise.
Answer:
Please label all envelopes according to the instructions in Section 4.1. Section 6.8 will be revised by addendum.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Should the Conflict of Interest Determinations by the State be included in our Technical Proposal Appendix?
Answer:
Yes, include this in the Appendix.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Will the Conflict of Interest Determinations by the State supersede and serve as the Conflict of Disclosure Statement Form that is included in the Appendix? 
Answer:
No, please include both forms in the Appendix.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Regarding Section 6.14, will the Transmittal Letter serve as written acknowledgement of receiving the State's original RFP and all addenda?
Answer:
This letter may serve as written acknowledgement. The letter template (to be uploaded by addendum) contains a space for DB Teams to acknowledge the RFP and all addenda.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Please provide Form J (OJT Program), which is not currently included in the Appendix.
Answer:
This form will be provided by addendum.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Please provide the Stipend Agreement Form, which is not currently included in the Appendix.
Answer:
This form will be added by addendum.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Form G (Cost Proposal Form) is referenced in Table 2 and Table 3. Should this be included only in the Price Proposal? 
Answer:
Yes this form is to be included only with the price proposal in accordance with Table 3. Tables 2 and 3 will be clarified further by addendum to reflect this.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/10/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Will points be allocated to Section 6.7.4 (Design & Construction Management)?
Answer:
Yes, points will be allocated to Design & Construction Management under ‘Project Management’- Section 8.6.2. Section 8.6.2 will consist of three sub-categories: a. Administration and Quality Control (Max. 3 points out of 60), b. Risk Management (Max. 3 points out of 60), and c. Design & Construction Management (Max. 3 points out of 60). This change will be added by addendum.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Who should submit the "Bid Conditions" form on Pages 18-23 in the Appendix?
Answer:
All members of the design build team (contractors and consultants) should fill out and submit this form.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Please provide Form K (DBE Utilization Form), which is not currently included in the Appendix.
Answer:
This form will be included by addendum. Per Section 6.12 this form is to be filled out for design qualifying work. The best value respondent will complete this form for construction qualifying work in accordance with Section 6.12
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Form A is referred to as the Proposal Letter in Section 6.3 and in Table 2 as the Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, And Other Responsibility Matter Primary Covered Transactions. Please clarify.
Answer:
Table 2 and the RFP will be revised to reflect any forms that were inadvertently not included.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/02/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Please provide the Transmittal Letter (Form A), which is not currently included in the Appendix.
Answer:
This form will be included by addendum.
Date Asked: 08/23/2021 Date Answered: 09/10/2021
Poster: Anna Greenfield Company: Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.
Question:
Please provide a detailed explanation for what Sections 6.1.2 (Relevant Experience and References) and 6.1.3 (Key Staff and Team Organization) should contain and how they will be scored.
Answer:
Section 6.1 will be updated by addendum to remove these 2 sections from being required in the Technical Proposal- no points are allocated to these sections. Note that Section 6.7.4 of the RFP outlines other team organizational relationships to be scored under Section 8.6.2.c (see response provided to question asked on 8/23/21 regarding Section 6.7.4 of the RFP).
Date Asked: 08/16/2021 Date Answered: 08/17/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
Several recent projects along Rte 146 have included milling and friction paving including 2016-CB-043, 2017-CB-071, 2018-CB-083. Does the department expect the DB contractor to re-mill and re-pave these sections of Rte 146?
Answer:
The limits of micro-milling and overlay on Route 146 will be between I-295 and the Massachusetts State Line, inclusive of the recent project areas listed.
Date Asked: 08/16/2021 Date Answered: 08/18/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
Can traffic flow maps be provided for the AM and PM peak hour conditions associated with the existing conditions, opening year and projected 2055 Build condition?
Answer:
The requested traffic information is available in the following folder: Appendix B-B06 Traffic-Vissim Files for RIDOT.
Date Asked: 08/13/2021 Date Answered: 08/19/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
Do the proposed C-D roads for the Sayles Hill Rd/Rt.146 need to be wide enough to allow for vehicles to pass a disabled vehicle in the roadway? These roadway widths were not identified in the list of design exceptions.
Answer:
A design exception is required – refer to Design Criteria Chart No. 10.
Date Asked: 08/13/2021 Date Answered: 08/17/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
RFP Part 2 Section 3.13.9, part (a) excludes seismic from conflicts and part (e) states to use both the AASHTO and RIDOT manual. The RIDOT Bridge Manual, dated 2007, is essentially based on the AASHTO 4th Edition 2007. The current 9th Edition of the AASHTO LRFD manual is dated 2020 with numerous updates and advances in design ideology and technology. In order to avoid potential over or under design of components controlled by seismic criteria, will RIDOT allow the 9th Edition of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge manual to govern for seismic design?
Answer:
AASHTO criteria will govern seismic design. Part (e) will be revised in a future addendum.
Date Asked: 08/13/2021 Date Answered: 08/19/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
What is the largest design vehicle that will be required to navigate thru the interchanges at Rt. 146/Sayles Hill Road and Rt. 146/Rt 146A?
Answer:
The Sayles Hill Road Interchange as shown in the BTC was designed to accommodate a WB-67 for all turning movements except for the following: large vehicles travelling eastbound on the western part of Sayles Hill Road will not be able to turn right onto 146 southbound, and instead will have to continue eastbound on Sayles Hill Road to Route 99; Vehicles traveling southbound on Route 146 will not be able to turn right onto the western part of Sayles Hill Road and instead will have to detour to I-295 northbound to Route 146 southbound, and then to Sayles Hill Road, either directly via the CD Road/off ramp, or via Route 99 to Sayles Hill Road. The 146/146A Interchange (DDI) will accommodate a WB-67 for all turning movements.
Date Asked: 08/13/2021 Date Answered: 08/17/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
Maintenance and Protection of Traffic plans included in the BTC do not accommodate left turns from Route 146 to Sayles Hill Road during construction stages 1E, 2A, and 2B, including the significant southbound left turn movement (300± vehicles in each peak hour). How is this movement accommodated?
Answer:
The BTC Maintenance & Protection of Traffic plans do not accommodate left turns during certain phases of construction. Appropriate detours must be developed by the DB Team. Refer to RFP Part 2, Section 3.11.2.2 (Access During Construction) for additional information.
Date Asked: 08/13/2021 Date Answered: 08/19/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
The BTC General Plan sheets omit Route 146 from approximately Station 385+00 to approximately Station 398+50 (between General Plan No. 4 and No. 5)? Is there work proposed within these limits beyond pavement milling and overlay? What is the proposed striping at the Reservoir Road southbound ramps and Old Great Road northbound on-ramp?
Answer:
The proposed work in this area is further described in BTC Volume 1 Sheet 106, and in BTC Volume 3 on the plan sheets specific to Reservoir Bridge No. 188. The proposed striping in the areas of Reservoir Road and Old Great Road shall match the existing. The CAD drawings do contain the proposed striping, but the layer was frozen due to the small scale. The striping will be shown in a future addendum.
Date Asked: 08/13/2021 Date Answered: 08/19/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
Would alternative proposed stormwater treatment units require an ATC if stormwater treatment requirements are still being met?
Answer:
Generally, if an alternate STU is proposed in the same location and provides the same treatment volume & average annual pollutant removal rates, it will not be considered an ATC. The stormwater concepts on BTC Volume 1, Sheets 102-112 are intended to depict potential areas of treatment. Refer to Conceptual Stormwater Notes on these plan sheets for additional information. However, RIDOT reserves the right to determine (on a case-by-case basis) whether a substitute STU constitutes an ATC, and for review and approval of all proposed STU’s at the time the final designs are being determined. If bidders seek further clarification if specific treatments would require an ATC and consider their proposed alternatives to be confidential in nature, the procedure to submit confidential questions, as described in Section 1.2 of Part 1 of the RFP, should be followed.
Date Asked: 08/12/2021 Date Answered: 08/12/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
The RFP bid solicitation form contains a sheet with a Zoom meeting link for December 1, 2021. What is the purpose of this Zoom meeting? Dec 1st is the date the technical and price proposal are scheduled to be submitted. I don't believe the price opening would be conducted on that same day. Should this date be changed to a later date, when the price proposal is opened and a best value scores can be compiled? We would appreciate if this were done in public or on a public Zoom meeting.
Answer:
December 1, 2021 is the deadline for the Technical and Price Proposal, see RFP Part 1, Section 2.3. The December 1, 2021 Zoom meeting is intended to confirm receipt of the Technical and Price Proposal. The Apparent Best Value Design Determination is planned for December 29, 2021.
Date Asked: 08/04/2021 Date Answered: 08/09/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
BTC volume 1, sheet 20 shows mill and overlay beyond the cut and match line on the ramp. Please clarify whether the mill and overlay ends at the cut and match line or if it continues down the ramp and if it continues, where does it end?
Answer:
The micromilling and overlay limits on I-295 SB On-Ramp extend to the physical gore, refer to Plan Sheet 105. In general, micromilling and overlay limits at ramps will be further clarified in Addendum #1.
Date Asked: 08/04/2021 Date Answered: 08/09/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
BTC plans volume 1, sheet #5 shows P-1, P-2, P-3 and P-4 all with the same pavement structure. Please confirm that this is correctly shown.
Answer:
The identical pavement structures shown for P-1, P-2, P-3 and P-4 are placeholders, to be modified by addendum upon receipt of forthcoming pavement cores.
Date Asked: 08/02/2021 Date Answered: 08/04/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
Mandatory Specification 929.9901 - Field Offices states that the Woonsocket Depot will be used as the State field office. The spec also states that in the event of fire, theft, or equipment breakdown, all equipment involved shall be repaired or replace by the Contractor. It also states that if the office is destroyed or rendered untenable for any reason, it shall be replaced by the Contractor within 2 weeks, or as directed. Please confirm that if equipment or the office itself needs to be replaced, the extra costs will be paid to the Contractor through a change order? Is this spec requiring the field office to actually be replaced at the Depot or is it requiring that a new office would need to be located and procured for the use of the State, if the Depot office is untenable?
Answer:
This is a standard Blue Book requirement for field offices. Since RIDOT owns the field office located at One Depot Square, in the event the field office is destroyed or rendered untenable for any reason, a change order would be issued to have the DB Team secure a new field office. Maintenance of any equipment provided by the DB team is the DB Team's responsibility for the life of the project with no separate payment in the case of fire, theft or equipment breakdown.
Date Asked: 07/29/2021 Date Answered: 07/29/2021
Poster: Gary Garzone Company: Contracts
Question:
Please Note: This is a Best Value Design-Build Procurement Process (BVDB): A two-phase selection process in which the first phase consisted of submission of qualifications (RFQ) to create a shortlist of qualified Respondents. The shortlisted Firms are to Reply to this RFP only
Answer:
Thank You
Date Asked: 07/28/2021 Date Answered: 07/28/2021
Poster: Gary Garzone Company: Contracts
Question:
Part 2 of the RFP indicates there is an Appendix B with supplemental files that are not included in the zip file to download. Are these files available to pick up on a CD?
Answer:
Yes, due to file size Part 2 Appendix B is not included in the zip file. CD’s are available for pickup by shortlisted firms from the RIDOT Contracts Office. Room 112