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RFP - Design Build I-195 Washington Bridge (Solicitation Documents Available Online at ridop.ri.gov Bid Number 7611889) 2021-DB-020

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Date Asked: 04/29/2021 Date Answered: 05/10/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
Please clarify which HMA mixes, locations will require intelligent compaction.
Answer:
Intelligent Compaction is only required for Friction Course and it is required for all locations receiving Friction Course.
Date Asked: 04/29/2021 Date Answered: 05/05/2021
Poster: Steven Morin Company: CARDI CORPORATION
Question:
Mandatory spec 401.9902 addresses pay adjustment based on the HMA bid unit price. The project is LS. Please clarify how the pay adjustments will be determined and administered for this project.
Answer:
As stated in the specification, pay adjustments will be paid using the respective contract unit price for HMA as listed in the submitted and approved lump sum schedule of values in conjunction with the pay adjustment requirements in the HMA and rideability specifications. Positive and Negative pay adjustments will be applied to the applicable item code using a Report of Change. The unit price for HMA shall be included in the lump sum schedule of values for Item 1.6 Roadway Construction (including intersections, local roads, and drainage) on Form N.
Date Asked: 04/23/2021 Date Answered: 05/05/2021
Poster: Richelle McGuire Company: HRV Conformance Verification Associates, Inc.
Question:
Is the contractor required to retain an independent agency to provide QA shop inspection during the fabrication of materials for the bridge? Or is it handled though the DOT's statewide inspection contracts?
Answer:
The Contractor will be responsible for providing quality control during fabrication. RIDOT will be performing independent inspection through the statewide inspection contracts.
Date Asked: 04/13/2021 Date Answered: 05/05/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
Form N, Item 1.14.6 Chloride Extraction at 4 Pier locations had previously been completed in Phase 1 under a lump sum item and paid in full. While the RFP acknowledges the extraction was completed it requires confirmatory testing to prove the extraction process was successful and, if not, it requires the Phase 2 Contract to once again perform the extraction. Please consider changing this item to only include the confirmation testing to ensure all Contractors are bidding the same scope for the item. If extraction is required to be performed once again this could be handled via a change order and RIDOT’s bid prices for this item will be greatly reduced for the item.
Answer:
Form N, Item 1.14.6 Chloride Extraction will be changed to an Estimated Cost Item (Item 1.13.5) with a cost of $500,000, from which funds will be withdrawn if extraction is determined to be necessary. The RFP will be updated in the next addendum.
Date Asked: 04/13/2021 Date Answered: 04/23/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
Please provide any applicable shop drawings/calculations for the materials currently on hand/installed (i.e. in place temporary scaffolding, jacking beams, etc.) intended to be used to complete the Washington Bridge Phase II Project.
Answer:
Applicable shop drawings will be made available thru an upcoming addendum. While some or all of the existing stockpiled materials may be able to be incorporated into the DB Entity’s final design and construction plans, RIDOT takes no responsibility for any aspect of the listed materials, including quantity, dimensioning, or existing condition.
Date Asked: 04/13/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
Part 2, Section 3.7.3 – Estimated Quantity Items provides a table of “Estimated Actual Quantities” and “Bid Quantities”. The Bid Quantities listed are between 33% and 400% more than the Estimated Actual Quantities listed. Having such a large discrepancy between the anticipated Actual Quantities and the Bid Quantities will result in a Proposer’s Price being millions of dollars more than it would be if the Bid Quantities were the Estimated Actual Quantities. This quantity discrepancy also opens up the opportunity for a proposer to unbalance their proposal at less of a risk than typical due to the Estimated Actual Quantity being indicated by the RFP Documents. To help level the playing field for all proposers, we suggest either: a. RIDOT consider lowering the Bid Quantities to the Estimated Actual Quantity’s indicated in section 3.7.3. b. Lower the Bid Quantities to a very low quantity, thereby removing the opportunity for a proposer to unbalance their bid, however it will provide RIDOT a reasonable basis for what the overall costs would be when extended out to the Estimated Actual Quantity. Either of these approaches will provide RIDOT the opportunity to renegotiate the Unit Prices with the selected Best-Value Proposer if/when the bid quantity is overrun. Additionally, these approaches will not force the Proposers to have artificially inflated Contract Bid values and therefore potentially skew the calculations made when determining the Best Value Design-Builder.
Date Asked: 04/13/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
Quantification of Phase 1 Work to be completed under this Phase 2 Contract. a. Part 1, Section 2.1, 2nd paragraph states “Phase 1 of the project was the recently completed (emphasis added) partial rehabilitation of the substructure of the bridge.” b. Part 2, Section 3.1, the 2nd to last sentence of the 2nd to last paragraph indicates “The DB Entity shall be responsible for determining the extents of the completed work.” c. Part 2, Section 3.1.1 – Work Previously Performed reads “As mentioned above, a partial rehabilitation of the structure was performed from 2016 to 2019. The following outlines some of the work that was previously performed as well as attempts to clarify to what extent previous work was taken and what items may need (emphasis added) to be redone and/or completed.” The bulleted list that follows indicates; work that was done, work that was not done, and work to be redone. However, the lead in paragraph to the bullets indicates the work may need (emphasis added) to be redone and/or completed. Please provide a specific list of work items from Phase 1 that has to be done and/or redone, to ensure a level playing field amongst all possible bidders. It is impossible during this RFP phase of this project for a proposer to determine which work may or may not need to be redone.
Date Asked: 04/13/2021 Date Answered: 04/23/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
It was observed that there exists quite a bit of construction materials currently under the bridge, in the work zone. This material is both permanent materials for the project, along with temporary materials/equipment to be used during the construction. Is this material considered to be owned by the authority and to be turned over to the successful Contractor for use if possible, and/or final disposal as required?
Answer:
Please reference Part 2, Section 3.13.12 Materials and Samples for details on the stockpiled construction materials.
Date Asked: 04/13/2021 Date Answered: 04/23/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
For the project experience criteria requiring projects to be “completed in the past ten (10) years,” is it acceptable for the Lead Designer to submit projects that are complete in design, but are not yet complete in construction?
Answer:
Yes, that is acceptable.
Date Asked: 04/13/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
There are multiple NBC sewer locations in the project area. Please clarify if these sewers need to be lined as part of this project and how this is to be paid.
Date Asked: 04/09/2021 Date Answered: 04/14/2021
Poster: Timothy McLaughlin Company: SPS New England, Inc.
Question:
In the RFP Part 2, Section 3.4.5 Design Documents, there is a reference to the BTC Drawings (dated: February 2021) being included in the RFP. These items do not appear to be in the files provided; would the Department please provide or direct us to where these files may be downloaded from?
Answer:
As stated on the posted "State Agency Solicitation" document, "Disks containing appendices may be picked up at RIDOT, 2 Capitol Hill (Room 112), Providence, RI. Please enter the building through the parking lot entrance. Anyone entering the building must wear a mask. Potential respondents may also request a disk by emailing linda.pemantell@dot.ri.gov and provide their FedEx or UPS account number or a label."
Date Asked: 04/09/2021 Date Answered: 04/14/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
In the RFP Part 2, Section 3.9.2 states that Appendix B contains design criteria tables and anticipated Design Exceptions for the various roadways in the Project. These items do not appear to be in the Appendix B files; would the Department please provide.
Answer:
The BTC Design Criteria file will be included in addendum #1.
Date Asked: 04/09/2021 Date Answered: 04/14/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
Section 3.1.1 of the RFP Part 1 states that proposers may submit no more than ten (10) Initial ATC concepts and no more than eight (8) Final ATCs. Section 3.9 states that proposers may submit up to ten (10) Final ATCs to be considered for final approval. Please clarify the number of final ATCs that will be allowed.
Answer:
Proposers may submit up to ten (10) Final ATC's.
Date Asked: 04/09/2021 Date Answered: 04/14/2021
Poster: Linda Sanson Company: Barletta Heavy Division
Question:
For the initial ATC submission due electronically by 4/23, is there a deadline time?
Answer:
Electronically submitted initial ATC's shall be received by midnight on 4/23/2021.