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101 - BR PRES COLUMBUS JOLIET AREA - April 04, 2024

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Clarifications

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Submitted: Thursday 07-MAR-2024 03:41 PM
This project is being re-advertised. Changes may have been made to the prior bid package. If you submitted a question when this project was previously advertised and believe your question is still applicable, please ask the question on the Q&A forum again. By doing so, your question and MDT’s corresponding answer will become part of the contract.


Questions

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Submitted: Wednesday 13-MAR-2024 11:29 AM
Company: Hamilton Construction Co.
Contact: Wendell Snook
Would MDT please make available as-build drawings for the 3 structures?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 13-MAR-2024 03:00 PM
The files linked below represent the as-built drawings for the structures. MDT provides them for informational purposes only. They do not include drawings for modifications to the structures, such as joint replacements and guardrail revisions and may not completely represent current conditions.  Thus, some of the information contained in these documents may be out of date or not applicable with regard to the advertised project. The contractor should not rely solely on the as-built drawings provided for bidding purposes nor does any data in these files supersede the data in the contract documents. AS-BUILTS

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Submitted: Thursday 21-MAR-2024 05:53 PM
Company: Mt. Norway Fabrication LLC (MtNF)
Contact: Steven Koch
On the Pedestrian Railing (Sht B11) there is a Note that states, "Locate rail splices so a rail is continuous over a minimum of 3 posts". The standard panel is to be 8'-3". The posts are supposed to be set back approx 2'-2" from the splice. That leaves us with 3'-11" to spread out three posts. That makes the post spacing approx. 1'-3" o/c. I assume I am interpreting something wrong. I would assume that there only needs to be two posts per a 8'-3" panel. On the MTD Standard Drawing for the Pedestrian Railing it states, "Attach panel lengths of tube members continuously to a minimum of two posts"
Answer
Submitted: Monday 25-MAR-2024 01:00 PM
As noted on Sheet B11, the horizontal railing elements should be continuous over a minimum of 3 posts before locating a splice. The post positions are dictated by where the existing posts/anchor rods are located and are typically spaced at 8’-3” as noted on Sheet B11. This would require a minimum of two panels between posts plus the minimum offset requirements from centerline of post to centerline of splice location (~2’) . Therefore, the minimum distance would be ~20.5’ between adjacent splice locations in the railing elements. The splice shown in the elevation on Contract Plan Sheet No. B12 is not present in each panel between posts. Splices are located only in panels where they are needed based upon the fabricator/Contractor’s preference for maximum horizontal railing element piece length, with a minimum of 3 posts between splice locations.

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Submitted: Thursday 28-MAR-2024 09:08 AM
Company: L & J Construction Group, LLC
Contact: Estimating
1. Engineering analysis for Construction Equipment on Structures will take 2-3 months. What should the contractor assume for rebar debonding in the top mat after hydrodemolition? The condition of the deck after hydrodemolition dictates the methods and cost of construction. How will the contractor be able to accurately bid on the project when we do not know the amount of rebar debonding in the top mat prior to bid date? 2. Will the Department allow full road closure to utilize the live traffic lane for hydra platforms to access the Class B repair in the lane under construction? Engineering analysis may not allow the contractor to have the lift in the working lane. Can the contractor place the deck concrete from the live lane during one of these road closures? 3. Can the Department perform Engineering Analysis in-house to determine if ready mix trucks and hydra platforms will be allowed on the deck after bridge deck milling? This information before the bid date would be a major cost savings. 4. Can the contractor use rotomilling equipment listed on the ACEL to remove the top ¾ inch of concrete from the deck? The rotomill will not debond the top mat of rebar therefore the deck capacity will not be compromised.
Answer
Submitted: Monday 1-APRIL-2024 09:10 AM
1. Bid this work under the assumption that the rebar remains bonded.  If significant debonding is encountered during construction and requires changes to the contractor’s operations, it will be considered extra work and considered for time extension under 108.07.5.  The STRUCTURE ANALYSIS bid item is included to pay for the engineering analysis and report.
2. No full closures of the bridge decks will be allowed on this project.   
3. The Department does not have the resources to complete construction engineering analysis in-house.  The STRUCTURE ANALYSIS bid item is included to pay for the engineering analysis and report.
4. Equipment listed in the ACEL applies to bridges with full in-service capacity.  Per the Construction Equipment on Structures special provision, an engineering analysis is required for all equipment over 25 tons operating on a milled deck.

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Submitted: Thursday 28-MAR-2024 09:32 AM
Company: L & J Construction Group, LLC
Contact: Estimating
The MDT extended the completion date to June 13, 2025 in the previous Q/A for the first advertisement of this project. The previous advertisement had a notice to proceed of Dec. 11, 2024. The current proposal has a notice to proceed of June 3, 2024. Basically, the project loses 2 months of the 2024 construction season. The new proposal eliminated the Columbus structure that is not on the critical path that drives this projects timeline. The S. Billings Blvd. bridge will remain the critical path. Will the MDT issue an addendum for a completion date of Aug. 4, 2025 to compensate for the 2 months of construction lost from the original advertisement?
Answer
Submitted: Friday 29-MAR-2024 03:24 PM

The Completion Date is hereby changed to July 18, 2025. Special Provision 2. Contract Time – Completion Date is hereby replaced with the following updated special provision: CONTRACT TIME – COMPLETION DATE
 

102 - MERRILL AVE - GLENDIVE - April 04, 2024

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Clarifications

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Questions

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Submitted: Thursday 07-MAR-2024 04:32 PM
Company: Century Companies, Inc.
Contact: Estimating
Would MDOT consider changing the notice to proceed to flex time April 15, 2025?
Answer
Submitted: Monday 11-MAR-2024 02:00 PM
MDT does not support delaying this project.  The notice proceed date will remain as is.

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Submitted: Friday 29-MAR-2024 12:54 PM
Company: True North Steel
Contact: Amanda M
603 010 528 CSP 18in: Can you confirm what coating that this pipe needs to have? Plan notes say to be coated per section 709.05 or 709.12, and in the current specifications manual there is not a 709.12. And section 709.05 appears to be poly coated pipe but not sure what section 709.12 is supposed to include/require.
Answer
Submitted: Monday 01-APRIL-2024 02:10 PM
The pipe is to be coated per section 709.5 or 709.11

103 - SF 179 ASHLAND RABBITTOWN PATH & US-212 SIDEWALKS-ASHLAND - April 04, 2024

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Clarifications

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Questions

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Submitted: Monday 11-MAR-2024 01:24 PM
Company: Century Companies, Inc.
Contact: Estimating
We request that the Department post the comprehensive geotechical information set.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 12-MAR-2024 10:50 AM
Attached are PDF Files of the available project alignment and/or structures geotechnical report(s), geotechnical report supplements, and geotechnical laboratory summaries. There is remaining geotechnical information that is voluminous and very difficult to compile in a concise manner. Contractors are welcome to come to MDT Headquarters to inspect rock samples taken for the project that are stored here or to look through the complete set of Geotechnical field investigation notes, laboratory testing, analytical, or other data in our project files. It should be noted that the project may have undergone significant changes during the design process after the original geotechnical report and supplements were issued. Thus, some of the information contained in these documents may be out of date or not applicable with regard to the advertised project. Some of the changes include, but are not limited to: Project splits (for funding, ROW issues, etc.) alignment and grade changes; and changes due to environmental factors (sensitive areas, etc.). The documents can be found at:
GEOTECH REPORTS

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Submitted: Tuesday 26-MAR-2024 03:38 PM
Company: White Resources Group, Inc
Contact: estimating
Will the Department allow for the use of a concrete set retardation admixtures for this project? The closest ready-mix provider is over an hour away.
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 27-MAR-2024 07:45 AM
The concrete mix may be designed for delayed set time to allow for long haul or other project conditions as per Standard Specification 551.03.2 A.8a.

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Submitted: Wednesday 27-MAR-2024 10:33 AM
Company: R.T.I. Fabrication, Inc.
Contact: Bob McCoskery
Item 39, Special Provisions, Qualified Fabricators. Where do we submit the necessary documents to become a qualified fabricator? R.T.I. Fabrication, Plains, Montana, has fabricated structural welded plate steel bridge girders, Truss structures, Missouri River Ferryboats & miscellaneous steel for MTDOT projects for the past 20 years. RTI is AISC Certified Advanced Bridge with Fracture Critical Endorsement. Thank you, Bob
Answer
Submitted: Monday 01-APRIL-2024 02:19 PM
Submit documents to Construction Contracting, 
mdtprelimbids@mt.gov
R.T.I. Fabrication, Plains, Montana, has been approved as a Preapproved Manufacturer as stated in Special Provision 39 – Bridge Superstructure.

R.T.I. Fabrication, Inc.
89 Kruger Road
Plains, Montana 59859
(406)544-5927


 

104 - ARMINGTON JUNCTION REST AREA REHAB - April 04, 2024

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Amendments

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Submitted: Wednesday 03-APRIL-2024 09:34 AM
An Amendment has been posted for this project: AMENDMENT
To download the amendment bid files: Bid Express Secure Internet Bidding (bidx.com)


Clarifications

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Submitted: Thursday 07-MAR-2024 03:44 PM
The project number for Armington Junction Rest Area Rehab is NH 60-2(122)71. This is reflected correctly on the Advertised Proposal. The Advertised Plans have the project number NH 60-2(121)71. The project number will be updated to NH 60-2(122)71 on the Awarded Plans.


Questions

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Submitted: Thursday 14-MAR-2024 10:49 AM
Company: HighMark Traffic Services, Inc.
Contact: Bradley Meyer
The High Perf Tape specified for some of the pavement markings on this project are not recommended by the manufacture for this application. Would MDT consider changing the material to epoxy?
Answer
Submitted: Monday 18-MAR-2024 07:49 AM
The Department has considered and ruled out Epoxy for this application.  High Performance Thermoplastic (or Tape) is required as called out in the plans.

Update
Submitted: Thursday 28-MAR-2024 10:59 AM

After further review, MDT is removing the high-performance tape and stripe grooving from the contract, and epoxy will be used instead as requested. 
Updated plans pages Sheet No. 7 and Sheet No. S-1 are included here: SHEET 7 & SHEET S-1
The following Bid Item quantities are hereby revised as follows:
620 011 105 – WORDS AND SYMBOLS-WHITE PAINT – 4 GAL
620 011 125 – WORDS AND SYMBOLS-BLUE PAINT – 2 GAL
620 013 000 – STRIPING-WHITE PAINT – 52 GAL
620 014 000 – STRIPING-YELLOW PAINT – 83 GAL
The following Bid Items are hereby added to the contract:
620 013 960 – STRIPING-WHITE EPOXY – 35 GAL
620 014 960 – STRIPING-YELLOW EPOXY – 56 GAL
The following Bid Items are hereby deleted from the contract:
620 011 120 – WORDS AND SYMBOLS-BLUE EPOXY – 1 GAL
620 011 325 – STRIPING-4 IN WHITE-HIGH PERF TAPE – 2,451 LNFT
620 011 330 – STRIPING-4 IN YELLOW-HIGH PERF TAPE – 2,040 LNFT
620 011 345 – STRIPING-8 IN WHITE-HIGH PERF TAPE – 859 LNFT
620 011 353 – STRIPING-24 IN YELLOW-HIGH PERF TAPE – 1,668 LNFT
620 011 354 – STRIPING-24 IN WHITE-HIGH PERF TAPE – 545 LNFT
An amendment will be issued, updated bid files will be posted.

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Submitted: Friday 15-MAR-2024 04:38 PM
Company: Montana Lines Inc
Contact: Jodie Tooley
Please confirm that the new Weigh Station Signs will be installed in the same location as the existing Weigh Station Signs. If otherwise, please provide the new location.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 21-MAR-2024 03:37 PM
Yes, the new Weigh Station Signs will be installed at the same location as the existing signs.

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Submitted: Tuesday 26-MAR-2024 09:24 AM
Company: United Materials of Great Falls, Inc.
Contact: Scott Schuman
1) What business is currently supplying propane to MDT at the Armington Junction Facility?
2) What is the desired depth of bury for the propane line? Plan Sheet W-6 detail C shows a 30" depth but construction note 6 found on plan sheet M-6 states 36"
3) What is the size of the irrigation water supply line coming out of the new maintenance building? Detail B on sheet W-6 shows 1". Detail C on sheet W-6 shows 1.5", but the plumbing plan on sheet M-6 shows 2".
4) What is the size of the water supply line coming out of the new maintenance building and going to the existing rest area building? Detail B on sheet W-6 shows 1.5", but the plumbing plan on sheet M-6 shows 2".
5) Note 1 on plan sheet 16 states "Coordinate selection of waste, pet waste, and cigarette receptacles with MDT prior to procurement". Since the contractor does not know the wants of MDT for these items prior to the bid, will the purchase and install of the items be based on a miscellaneous work item or is the contractor to include in their bid a specific budget allowance for the items. If the contractor is to include a budget allowance, what is the dollar amount we are to include?
6) Please provide specifications for the two new flag poles.
Answer
Submitted: Friday 29-MAR-2024 03:27 PM
1) Breen Oil is the supplier.
2) The desired depth of bury for the propane line is 36”. The detail on sheet W-6 will be amended to show the 36” depth.
3) Detail B on sheet W-6 specifies the water meter to be 1”. Detail C shows the line to be 1.5”. The design intent was to reduce the meter a nominal size compared to the pipe. The plumbing plan on sheet M-6 will be amended to show the 1.5” irrigation supply line.
4) Detail B on sheet W-6 specifies the water meter to be 1.5”. Sheet M-6 shows the line to be 2”. The design intent was to reduce the meter a nominal size compared to the pipe. No changes to the plans are required.
5) Please include $750 EACH as an allowance for these items in the Miscellaneous Items – EACH bid item.  Adjustments from this based on MDT choices for receptacles can be pursued through the EPM.
6) Specifications for the Flagpoles are included in Section II, Appendix B-1, Section 107500 of the Proposal document.

Update
Submitted: Monday 01-APRIL-2024 03:20 PM
Updated plans pages Sheet No. W-6 and Sheet No. M-6 are included here: SHEET W-6 & SHEET M-6

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Submitted: Tuesday 26-MAR-2024 10:34 AM
Company: Alpine Sign Inc.
Contact: John O'Brien
Are Delineator Design H (As shown on Sheet S-2) or Panel Delineator Design H required for this project?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 28-MAR-2024 11:29 AM
Delineator Des H is required for the contract as shown on Sheet S-2.  Bid Item 619 010 830 Panel Delineator Design H is hereby replaced with Bid Item 619 011 080 Delineator Des H.

An amendment will be issued, updated bid files will be posted.

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Submitted: Thursday 28-MAR-2024 05:23 PM
Company: United Materials of Great Falls, Inc.
Contact: Scott Schuman
There are two sheds that need to be relocated on the project. Will the contents presently stored in the sheds be removed by MDT prior to being relocated? If the contents will not be removed prior to relocation, please provide an itemized list of the contents stored in the sheds prior to the bid letting. The landscape plans call for two areas of red smooth lava rock. Due to the difficulty of finding a red smooth lava rock, could a 1 1/2 inch round river rock (light gray in color) be used as a substitute?
Answer
Submitted: Monday 01-APRIL-2024 9:57 AM
The contents of the two sheds will be removed by MDT Maintenance. 
1 ½” round river rock can be used as a substitute for the red smooth lava rock.

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Submitted: Friday 29-MAR-2024 10:41 AM
Company: United Materials of Great Falls, Inc.
Contact: Scott Schuman
Typical Section No. 2 shown on the Road Plans Sheet No. 4 shows a vertical interface where the 0.75 thick concrete paving meets the 0.5 feet thick asphalt paving. Is detail PMS Transverse Transition Detail shown on MDT Detailed Drawing 501-00 required on this project. If this transition is required on the project, please specify where the transition is desired.
Answer
Submitted: Monday 01-APR-2024 02:20 PM
The PMS Transverse Transition Detail shown on MDT Detailed Drawing 501-00 is required where shown in magenta in the following link: SHEET 12

 

105 - FORT BENTON - SOUTH - April 04, 2024

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Amendments

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Submitted: Wednesday 03-APRIL-2024 09:37 AM
An Amendment has been posted for this project: AMENDMENT
To download the amendment bid files: Bid Express Secure Internet Bidding (bidx.com)


Clarifications

No Clarifications available for this project.


Questions

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Submitted: Friday 08-MAR-2024 08:41 AM
Company: Century Companies, Inc.
Contact: Doug Welsh
Will MDOT please consider a flex Notice to Proceed date of April 15, 2025?
Answer
Submitted: Friday 08-MAR-2024 3:05 PM
Upon consideration, MDT is not interested in a flexible Notice to Proceed date of April 15, 2025

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Submitted: Tuesday 12-MAR-2024 10:24 AM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Cale Fisher
Will MDT consider changing the Flex NTP to July 15, 2024? The NTP dates does not allow enough time to obtain an Opencut permit and crush the material required for the project. Additionally, there is not enough time between the award date and current NTP to comply with SP# 15, Railroad Coordination and Flagging. If the railroad will take 8-12 weeks to issue a permit and then hold a mandatory railroad preconstruction meeting 30 days prior to construction, a later NTP is needed.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 12-MAR-2024 12:15 PM
The Notice to Proceed is hereby changed to a Flexible Notice to Proceed date of July 15th, 2024.

Update
Submitted: Thursday 21-MAR-2024 03:27 PM
The Flexible Notice to Proceed is hereby changed to July 15, 2024. Special provision, #2 Contract Time – Flex Time Proceed Date is hereby replaced with the updated linked special: CONTRACT TIME FLEX TIME PROCEED DATE

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Submitted: Tuesday 19-MAR-2024 01:16 PM
Company: Alpine Sign Inc.
Contact: John O'Brien
Pertaining to the Perm Sign Plan: There are 5 locations showing Increment signs being mounted to Tubular Steel Round Pipe? Is this MDT's intent?
Answer
Submited: Monday 25-MAR-2024 02:13 PM
The tubular steel mounting quantity is incorrect, there are quantity adjustments to the signing plans and a delineator bid item change.  The following changes are detailed for bidding. 
Updated plans sheets are included here:
SHEETS S1-S11

The following Bid Items are hereby changed:
619 010 062 – SIGNS-ALUM SHEET INCR XI – 195.3 SQFT (decrease)
619 010 090 – SIGNS-ALUM REFL SHEET XI – 750.8 SQFT (increase from Q&A #4)
619 010 480 – POLES-TREATED WOOD 4 IN – 1,144 LNFT (increase)

The following Bid Items are hereby added to the contract:
619 010 320 – POSTS-STEEL STRUCTURAL SIGN – 1,100 LBS
619 010 722 – FRANG SIGN POST BKWY-S4 X 7.7 – 2 EA
619 010 724 – FRANG SIGN POST BKWY-S5 X 10 – 6 EA
619 011 090 – DELINEATOR TYPE 1 – 248 EA
619 011 095 – DELINEATOR TYPE 2 – 21 EA

The following Bid Items are hereby deleted from the contract:
619 010 300 – POSTS-TUBULAR STEEL – 1,508 LBS
619 010 742 – FRANG SIGN POST BKWY-3.5 IN RD – 2 EA
619 010 744 – FRANG SIGN POST BKWY-4 IN RD – 8 EA
619 011 010 – DELINEATOR DES A – 226 EA
619 011 030 – DELINEATOR DES C – 21 EA
619 011 040 – DELINEATOR DES D – 6 EA
619 011 060 – DELINEATOR DES F – 16 EA

An amendment will be issued, updated bid files will be posted

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Submitted: Tuesday 19-MAR-2024 01:21 PM
Company: Alpine Sign Inc.
Contact: John O'Brien
Pertaining to Perm Signing Plan: All locations with ground mount Street Name signs indicate one sign required. I believe the intent is two signs mounted back to back. Please confirm
Answer
Submitted: Monday 25-MAR-2024 03:31 PM
The intent is confirmed. There are supposed to be two signs for the D3 street name signs, and they are to be mounted back to back.  Please reference Q&A Answer #3 for bid item and plan changes that will be included in an amendment.

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Submitted: Thursday 28-MAR-2024 02:05 PM
Company: United Materials of Great Falls
Contact: Estimating
Please provide the existing IRI values of each road section.
Answer
Submitted: Friday 29-MAR-2024 08:18 AM

Pre-ride data for S-387 and S-228 was gathered in January 2024.

Pre-ride for S-387:

S-387 SB- 129
S-387 NB – 129


Pre-ride for S-228
S-228 NB – 114
S-228 SB – 109


Pre-ride values were not collected on S-386 as it is a mill/fill and is Category 1 per Section 401.03.23.

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Submitted: Monday 01-APR-2024 08:37 AM
Company: PEC
Contact: Estimator
There does not appear to be a "Foundation Concrete" bid item for the flashing beacon. Please provide bid item or clarify if it is incidental and if so to which bid item.
Answer
Submitted: Monday 01-APRIL-2024 02:13 PM
Bid item 617 000 000 FOUNDATION-CONCRETE (0.5 CY) will be added to the contract.

201 - LOLO - MISSOULA - April 25, 2024

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Questions

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Submitted: Friday 29-MAR-2024 10:52 AM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Dwayne K Rehbein
Can the following locations be utilized to turn truck (haul units) traffic around? I anticipate the necessity of flaggers to control the flow of both north and south bound traffic. 1. Cochise Drive (the scale site) 2. Bird Lane If yes, will MDT pay for the required traffic control, or will the contractor be responsible for these costs?
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 02-APR-2024 11:15 AM
The proposed sites are approved turn-around locations. Payment for traffic control required for the safe movement of haul units and the traveling public will be measured and paid for under 618030005 TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES CB.

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Submitted: Thursday 04-APR-2024 11:54 AM
Company: Knife River
Contact: Mike Eichner
Does the Department expect the contractor to crush the millings delivered to the county sites to meet the gradation requirements as outlined in Special Provision #33 B2)?
Answer
Submitted: Monday 08-APR-2024 09:08 AM
Yes, the millings delivered to the county sites are to meet the gradation requirements as outlined in Special Provision #33.

Update
Submitted Tuesday 09-APR-2024 02:08 PM
The contractor should bid to deliver cold millings to the county with 85% of them passing a 3' sieve as outlined in Special Provision #33. MDT will not dictate the contractors means and methods to achieve this gradation.

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Submitted: Thursday 04-APR-2024 12:05 PM
Company: Knife River
Contact: Mike Eichner
Will the department consider revising Special Provisions #12 & #28. The logistics outlined are unbiddable and unbuildable with the contract time allocated?
Answer
Submitted: Friday 05-APRIL-2024 12:22 PM
The first sentence of Special Provision 12.B.4)  that reads:  “A maximum distance of 2 miles at a time is allowed for milling and paving operations” is hereby deleted from the contract. The hours of work to be conducted at night as mentioned in Special Provision 12.B.3) are hereby changed to 6:30 pm to 6:00 am.  All other language in this provision applies.

Special Provision #12, Sequence of Operations is hereby replaced with the following updated <SEQUENCE OF OPERATIONS>

The allowable times for lane closures as stated in Special Provision 28.B are hereby changed to the hours of 6:30 pm to 6:00 am.  All other language in this provision applies.

Special Provision #28, Lane Closures is hereby replaced with the following updated <LANE CLOSURES>

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Submitted: Monday 08-APR-2024 04:16 PM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Dwayne K Rehbein
Can this project be changed to a Flex Time contract with a NTP of July 8, 2024? This will allow time for pit permitting, mix design development, railroad occupancy permits and equipment mobilization.
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 10-APR-2024 08:14 AM
The NTP is hereby changed to a Flex NTP with an effective date of July 8, 2024. Special Provision #2, Contract Time is hereby replaced with the following updated special:
CONTRACT TIME - FLEX TIME PROCEED DATE

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Submitted: Wednesday 10-APR-2024 02:25 PM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Dwayne K Rehbein
This question is regarding the PMS Joint Sealer bid item, Special Provision #34. If I understand the quantities correctly, on longitudinal joints, you want one two-foot-wide application on each of the following surfaces: milled surface, on top of 3/8” plant mix surface and on top of the final ½” plant mix surface. Is this correct?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 11-APR-2024 10:00 AM
Apply PMS joint sealer to only the top of the 3/8” asphalt (not on top of the intermediated lift of 1/2” asphalt) to all longitudinal joints, and to all construction transverse joints 2 feet wide. 

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Submitted: Thursday 11-APR-2024 09:36 AM
Company: Knife River
Contact: Mike Eichner
Revised Special Provision #12 Sequence of Operations B. 4) states "Traffic will not be allowed on to drive on milled surfaces". Will the department allow traffic on milled surfaces that are only milled 0.20' in the turn lanes and median.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 11-APR-2024 10:00 AM
Yes,  the department will allow traffic on milled surfaces that are only milled 0.2’ in turn lanes and medians.  Standard specification 411.03.2 will apply to these areas.

202 - LAKE KOOCANUSA BRIDGE - N & S - April 25, 2024

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Amendments

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Clarifications

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Submitted: Friday 05-APRIL-2024
The Guardrail summary table on Sheet 10 has been updated. Updates includes addition of column “Salvaged W-Beam” with quantities, two locations of MGS Guardrail quantity changes, and an additional note located at the bottom of the summary table.

Updated plan sheet 10 is included here: < SHEET 10 >

The following bid item quantity is revised:
Bid Item 606010330 MSG GUARDRAIL - LNFT = 49,482.2

The following bid item and quantity will be added to the contract:
104030065 MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS A – LNFT = 1,637.50

An amendment will be issued, updated bid files will be posted.


Questions

No Questions available for this project.

203 - KINGS HILL - NORTH - April 25, 2024

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Questions

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204 - MONTANA ST & FRONT ST - BUTTE - April 25, 2024

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Questions

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205 - SF 179 STEPHENS ORANGE SFTY IMPV - April 25, 2024

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Clarifications

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Submitted: Friday 12-APR-2024 08:17 AM
Special Provision 21. High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) – Asphalt Surfaces is hereby replaced with the following updated special provision: HIGH FRICTION SURFACE TREATMENT


Questions

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206 - PENNSYLVANIA WALKS - ANACONDA - April 25, 2024

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Questions

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207 - SF 189 CURVE S OF RAVALLI - April 25, 2024

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301 - SF 189 HLNA HT MEDIAN CABLE RAIL - May 02, 2024

Notifications

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Submitted: Friday 05-JAN-2024 09:30 AM
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is soliciting design and construction services for the Design-Build project identified below. Contractor and consultant teams (Firms) are encouraged to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) response electronically by 11:00 a.m., local time on May 2, 2024.

Project Name:     SF 189 HLNA HT MEDIAN CABLE RAIL
Project No:          HSIP 15-3(110)187
Control No:          9796000


This project includes design and construction services required to design and install High-Tension Median Barrier Rail along the I-15 Corridor from Mile Post 174.0-204.0, to address cross median crashes. Proposed improvements include median slope flattening (where necessary), modifications as necessary to mitigate corresponding drainage issues, and installation of high-tension cable rail.

The project RFQ and attachments can be found at the following link: 9796000 RFQ

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Submitted: Friday 09-FEB-2024 11:06 AM
Short Listed Teams:
Coral Construction
Poteet Construction

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Submitted: Wednesday 02-FEB-2024 10:49 AM
The following is the pre-proposal minutes from Thursday February 15th
PRE-PROPOSAL MINUTES
Attachment G: Component Plans Tracking Sheet
Attachment P: Monthly Materials List Template

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Submitted: Tuesday 27-FEB-2024 07:54 AM
The representative section required for the Proposal submittal will be from MP 191.5-200. This section will allow teams to portray the complex traffic control and phasing needed for the project.

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Submitted: Friday 15-MAR-2024 07:10 AM
The statement is I. G. 7. Environmental Considerations is modified to allow Environmental Documentation approval to occur after September 1, 2024 if consultation is required and additional time is needed to complete the document.


Amendments

No Amendments available for this project.


Clarifications

No Clarifications available for this project.


Questions

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Submitted: Wednesday 17-JAN-2024 11:15 AM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
It has come to our attention that all subscribers to MDT's automatic notification system were unsubscribed on January 4th, or prior. Therefore the RFQ for this project was not received by our team members until yesterday, January 16th. Would it be possible to extend the date of the SOQ until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 29th?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 17-JAN-2024 03:38 PM
SOQ due date is extended to Monday January 29th, 2024 at 11:00 am. The rest of the schedule will remain as stated in the RFQ. 

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Submitted: Monday 04-MAR-2024 10:25 AM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
Can MDT provide any available as-built information for the project corridor? Additionally, can MDT provide drawings for any existing or planned projects within the corridor? Several new construction crossovers have been constructed within the corridor, are these planned to be left in place, and are these planned to have cable barrier installed?
Answer
Submitted: Monday 11-MAR-2024 07:25 AM
As-built information is not available for this project specifically. The following link to the R/W Projects GIS map may provide additional information.
https://mdt.maps.arcgis.com/apps/mapviewer/index.html?webmap=d3eef1ea580144e9973558de6d192ad0&extent=-124.6497,40.2424,-92.196,52.6802

Plans can be searched at the following site: https://www.mdt.mt.gov/publications/plans.aspx

The crossovers were constructed under UPN 9732 & 9733, as-builts are not currently available.

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Submitted: Friday 08-MAR-2024 07:28 AM
Company: Coral / DJ&A
Contact: Donny Pfeifer
An addenda was added on the D2 HTCB project to allow for adding topsoil at areas requiring a nominal of 3" depth fill with a +/- 2 inch tolerance. Can MDT add this previous addenda to this project?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 13-MAR-2024 08:05 AM
This will be added to the project.
ADDENDUM

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Submitted: Friday 08-MAR-2024 07:31 AM
Company: Coral / DJ&A
Contact: Donny Pfeifer
Can MDT confirm what surface is required for the 4-foot mow strip between the rail and edge of pavement?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 13-MAR-2024 08:00 AM
No additional surfacing is required. Do not re-seed this mow strip.

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Submitted: Friday 08-MAR-2024 07:30 AM
Company: Coral / DJ&A
Contact: Donny Pfeifer
In areas where the new cable system must be designed to overlap with existing guardrail, can MDT confirm that they desire the cable barrier system to be offset 8 feet behind the face of the guardrail? Or is the request to be an 8 feet separation between the cable and the back of the guardrail posts?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 13-MAR-2024 08:05 AM
The 8 feet is required between the cable and the back of the guardrail posts, (for maintenance access between guardrails)

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Submitted: Friday 08-MAR-2024 07:29 AM
Company: Coral / DJ&A
Contact: Donny Pfeifer
To ensure our design meets MDT's requirements, can MDT provide the maximum cable deflection allowed? (It was 10’ on the D2 HTCB project).
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 13-MAR-2024 08:05 AM
A maximum of 10 feet of deflection is required.

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Submitted: Friday 15-MAR-2024 10:50 AM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
Are all existing construction crossovers planned to remain in place? Is it acceptable to leave gaps in the cable barrier systems at all construction crossovers where cable barrier exists or is planned to be installed with other projects?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 20-MAR-2024 10:40 AM
Leave gaps for construction crossover cable rail in existing and anticipated locations that will be installed with other projects.

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Submitted: Friday 15-MAR-2024 10:45 AM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
Please confirm that the Gibraltor and Trinity terminals are considered tension release terminals, and therefore will not be allowed on the project.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 19-MAR-2024 07:25 AM
Terminals specifically designed to release tension in one or more cables when struck on the end are not allowed. Use only cable rail manufacturers listed, use only terminals designed and tested for use with selected manufactures rail system. If a manufacturer  listed does not have a non-releasing terminal approved/tested for use with their system at the time of the proposal, then the use of that system will not be allowed. It’s up to prospective firms to determine which manufacturers meet all RFP requirements, and submit proposals with products meeting these requirements.

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Submitted: Thursday 21-MAR-2024 01:40 PM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
NCHRP Report 711, page 128, and FHWA Gregory approval letter, 2020, determines placement of cable at a maximum 4 foot from roadway break point as the only acceptable placement on a 4:1 slope. It appears the D2 project used a placement of 7 foot from the break point. Will a 7 foot offset be allowed by MDT on this project? If so, what justification should be used?
Answer
Submitted: Monday 25-MAR-2024 07:05 AM
Engineering analysis of anticipated performance of the proposed materials and site specific conditions may justify deviation from published or tested norms.

302 - BILLINGS DISTRICT ADA UPGRADES - June 26, 2024

Notifications

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Submitted: Wednesday 21-FEB-2024 02:49 PM
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is soliciting design and construction services for the Design-Build project identified below.  The advertisement for Requests for Qualifications has been opened and Contractor and consultant teams (Firms) are encouraged to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) response electronically by 11:00 a.m., local time on March 20, 2024.

Project Name:     Billings District ADA Upgrades
Project No.:         CM STWD(981)
Control No.:         10431000


Billings District project to upgrade existing pedestrian crossing push buttons, curb ramps, sidewalks, and approaches in order to help bring corridors into compliance with ADA standards. Additionally, some new pedestrian facilities may be constructed (where none exist today). Locations include: 1st Avenue North (N-43) and 1st Avenue South (U-7111) in Lewistown; Main Street (N-4) in Bridger; and King Avenue West (N-111) in Billings.

The project RFQ and attachments can be found at the following link: RFQ & ATTACHMENTS

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Submitted: Monday 08-APR-2024 03:20 PM
Shortlisting and release of the RFP has been delayed for completion of the Environmental Document. Firms will be notified of the new solicitation schedule when that information is available.


Amendments

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Clarifications

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Questions

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501 - DAR STRUCTURES - LEWISTOWN AREA - July 17, 2024

Notifications

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Submitted: Friday 22-MARCH-2024 01:01 PM
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is soliciting design and construction services for the Progressive Design-Build project identified below. Contractor and consultant teams (Firms) are encouraged to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) response electronically by 11:00 a.m., local time on April 24, 2024.

Project Name:        DAR STRUCTURES – LEWISTOWN AREA
Project No:            STPB STWD 944
Control No:            10276000


Bridge Program project to replace eleven (11) aging and deteriorating bridges in Fair/Poor Condition with new bridges or culverts. The majority of the structures (8) were identified as needing replacement in the Malmstrom AFB Timber Bridges scoping report. The remaining bridges were nominated to complete replacements along the MT-81 corridor. Some roadway and approach work will be necessary to tie the new structures into existing alignments.


The project RFQ and attachments can be found at the following link: RFQ & ATTACHMENTS

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Submitted: Thursday 28-MAR-2024 03:11 PM
See below for the Revised Schedule:

Date Event
3/20/2024
3/22/2024
RFQ Advertisement Date
4/15/2024
4/22/2024
Q&A Forum Closes for SOQ Questions
4/17/2024
4/24/2024
SOQ Response Due Date
5/8/2024
5/15/2024
Short List Date
5/8/2024
5/15/2024
RFP Issue Date
5/22/2024
5/29/2024
Pre-Proposal Meeting
6/12/2024
6/19/2024
Q&A Forum Closes for Technical Proposal and Price Proposal Questions
6/19/2024
6/26/2024
Technical Proposal Due Date
7/10 & 7/11
7/17 & 7/18
Interviews
7/15/2024 Q&A Forum Closes for Price Proposal Questions
7/17/2024
7/22/2024
Price Proposal Due Date by 11:00 AM local time
7/17/2024
7/22/2024
Price Proposal Opening
7/30/2024 Award Date
8/13/2024 Initial Preconstruction Phase Notice to Proceed (anticipated)

Amendments

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Clarifications

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Questions

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Submitted: Wednesday 27-MAR-2024 02:27 PM
Company: Sundt Construction
Contact: Jasen Bennie
SOQ Submission Date Question:
With spring break upon us in the next week, we need additional time to get the SOQ submitted. The original date the RFQ was going to be released was perfect but with it pushing, it falls within a time period where, with spring break, we only have a little over 2 weeks to put the SOQ together. Please consider pushing the SOQ date a another week or two.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 28-MAR-2024 03:33 PM
MDT will grant a one-week extension for submittal of the Statement of Qualifications.  Reference the revised advertisement schedule posted in the Notifications Section (#2)

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Submitted: Friday 29-MAR-2024 04:48 PM
Company: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Contact: Chris Maunder
Would MDT be able to provide a draft of the Progressive Design Build Contract referenced in the RFQ during the RFQ advertisement period? As the first PDB opportunity issued by MDT, understanding the Contract in combination with the RFQ advertisement will support a more complete understanding of the General Scope of Work details in Section 1.2 specifically page 5 Part 1.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 02-APR-2024 07:20 AM
The PDB Contract is currently under final development and will not be available until the RFP is distributed.  A copy will be included in the RFP that is issued to the short-listed Teams.

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Submitted: Friday 05-APR-2024 03:48 PM
Company: Frontier West LLC
Contact: Kris Anderson
Will MDT publish or provide through public information requests the SOQ responses prior to NTP?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 11-APR-2024 07:30 AM
No, following the award of the contract to the best-value team, the proposers may request a debrief and or comments on their SOQ, Proposal, and Interview. MDT will not share any scores or comments prior to the contract award.

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Submitted: Friday 05-APR-2024 03:48 PM
Company: Frontier West LLC
Contact: Kris Anderson
The RFQ mentions project specific insurance. Would MDT please clarify the intent for project specific insurance and which insurance requirements need to be met by the contractor vs the design consultant?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 11-APR-2023 07:36
No proof of project specific insurance is required as part of the SOQ. If MDT and the Firm determine that project specific insurance will provide value to the project, the coverage amounts, and costs will be determined as part of Preconstruction Services and the cost of project specific insurance will be paid by MDT. See below for edits to Section 3.2.2 of the RFQ. The Proposer may meet requirements for evidence of insurability through subcontractors as determined appropriate by the Proposer.

3.2.2 Insurance Requirements
The SOQ shall include evidence of insurability. This may be satisfied by providing either a certificate of insurance evidencing current policies, or written evidence from an insurance company or broker indicating that the Proposer can obtain the following types of insurance: Commercial General Liability, Auto Liability, and Workers’ Compensation / Employer’s Liability.

The Proposer shall also provide evidence in the SOQ of their ability to obtain Professional Liability Insurance covering errors and omissions in the amount of $1,000,000.00. Evidence will be in the form of a letter from an insurer, or a Montana Resident Agent for an insurer, indicating ability to provide such insurance. The insurer must be licensed to do business in the State of Montana.

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Submitted: Friday 05-APR-2024 03:50 PM
Company: Frontier West LLC
Contact: Kris Anderson
Would MDT provide clarification on the purpose of having the Traffic Control Manager as a Key Person?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 11-APR-2024 07:40 AM
It is vital to schedule construction and provide work zone traffic control that will provide protection, safety, convenience, and mobility of the travelling public, as well as the protection and safety of construction personnel. The Traffic Control Manager will be a Key Personnel ensuring that traffic management is addressed throughout the design and construction of the project. The Traffic Control Manager does not need to be exclusive to the Firm.

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Submitted: Monday 08-APR-2024 09:49 AM
Company: Frontier West LLC
Contact: Kris Anderson
Within the Key Personnel Table there is a requirement for the Environmental Manager to be directly reporting to both the project PM and MDT. Would MDT please clarify the intent with this requirement?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 11-APR-2024 07:40
Addendum: the Environmental Manager will report to the Firm’s PM. Due to the nature of this project delivery, significant collaboration is anticipated between MDT and the Firm to complete the environmental documentation processes. It is expected that the Environmental Manager will be responsible for coordinating directly with the appropriate MDT staff and the Firm’s PM throughout the duration of the project to effectively facilitate the NEPA/MEPA environmental compliance and permitting processes.

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Submitted: Thursday 11-APR-2024 05:35 PM
Company: Frontier West LLC
Contact: Kris Anderson
If a person fills multiple roles identified within table in section 3.5 of the SOQ, can the firm provide an 8th resume to identify an additional key staff member assigned to the project as shown in the org chart?