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12-2953410Allen
Is there an estimated square footage for the bridge?
The square footing will be posted under project related information on the cabinet’s website.  The Square Foot Figure for the structure posted is for information only and shall not be intended for bidding purposes.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1308204Allen
Can the Excess Purchase Property (P4) be used for Excess Roadway Excavation?
Due to the existing steep slopes of the area acquired as Excess Purchase and the risk of erosion into the adjacent stream, the KYTC will not allow this site to be used as a waste site.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-4009104Fayette
Is there a specific calendar date by which the construction is to be complete?
The project shall be completed by August 14, 2012.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2175318Mason
On the typical section featuring base failures it indicates 1.5 ft as the maximum width for asphalt base.....Is this accurate or should it read 3 ft?
The 1.5 ft maximum width dimension noted on the Typical Section refers to the right side shoulder wedge, not the width of the base failure repair trench.  The nominal width of the trench is 3 feet as noted in the Base failure Summary and the detail on the typical section.  The Engineer will determine the exact locations (including length and width and location within the typical section) at the time of Construction as specified in the Special Note for Base Failure Repair.  The entire trench width as excavated is to be backfilled as specified in the Special Note.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2175318Mason
We anticipate that there is concrete under the existing asphalt pavement where the trenching and base failure repairs are to take place.  Is it the intent for the concrete to be trenched out?  If so, will it need to be saw cut?
The Special Note for Base Failure Repair specifies that the existing pavement, including PCC Pavement if present, is to be saw cut and removed.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-4009104Fayette
In the “Special Notes for Aluminum Structural Plate Box Culvert Assembly & Installation”, Page 18 of the proposal, it is stated in Paragraph II. A., “The Contractor will furnish unassembled structural plates and accessories … .”  Paragraph III states “Except as specified in these notes, assemble and install the Aluminum Structural Plate Box Culvert furnished by the Department … .”.  Please confirm which entity is to furnish the relevant materials.
The contractor is to furnish the materials for the Aluminum Structural Plate Box Culvert as stated in Section II, A.  on page 18 in the proposal.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2150402Henderson
Could a more detailed location map be provided for the north end of the US41 section around the Ramps and KY 2084 intersection?  It is difficult to determine the project’s northern limits from the description.
Please see the “project related information” section on the website for that information.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2150402Henderson
Could a location table be provided for the One Step Membrane work?
Please see the “project related information” section on the website for that information.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2150402Henderson
Could a location table and a description for the Trenching and Backfilling  pay item be provided?
Please see the “project related information” section on the website for that information.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1313354Hardin
This job requires a 3-sided arch culvert. The plan sheet that is always included that addresses the arch culvert plan, profile and several notes is not included in the project drawings.  Will this sheet be furnished?
Yes, an addendum with those sheets will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1313354Hardin
Is the entire width of the culvert to be excavated to flowline? Or do you wish to maintain as much of the existing stream as possible? If rock is to be removed from the entire culvert area, how is to be paid for? How is the existing stream to transition to the ends of the proposed wing walls? What kind of base is to be provided for this footing?
The stream disturbance should be minimized at the inlets and outlets.  Three bid items are included with the plans which will cover the installation of the 3 sided culvert, Structural Excavation-Solid Rock, Foundation Prep, and 3 Sided Culvert.  With the addendum, foundation recommendations have been included.  Three options for the footing design have been noted in the geotechnical report included in the addendum.  This provides the most flexibility to the contractor to adhere to any nuances in the manufacturer specifications.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2656409Daviess
Which type of temporary crash cushion is required for this project – Type 6BT or Type 6CT?
Type 6CT is required.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2656409Daviess
Would the Cabinet consider the use of steel barrier in lieu of portable concrete barrier Type 9T on this project based on the project’s short-term schedule and based on the barrier will rest atop the bridge deck (load restrictions)?  Steel Barrier weights approximately 80 lbs per foot.
Concrete barrier wall Type 9T is required by this contract.  Steel barrier wall will not be allowed as an acceptable alternative.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-4009104Fayette
Will the drawings or sketches of the layout be provided?
The Culvert Manufacturer will provide Plate Layout Drawings and no other drawings will be provided.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-4009104Fayette
Will the excavation for the wing walls be included in the foundation prep?
Excavation for the wing walls will be included in the Foundation Preparation.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-4009104Fayette
Will the areas behind the wing walls require flowable fill?  Is the quantity included in the plan quantity?
Flowable Fill will not be required behind the wingwalls.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-4009104Fayette
On Page 21 of the proposal, Item J indicates the roadway is to be opened to through traffic after the asphalt base course is in place.  After the Engineer determines the backfill and base are sufficiently stable, the asphalt surface course is to be installed under traffic.  On Pages 33 and 34, it states the asphalt surface course is to be installed prior to opening the roadway to traffic. Please clarify what sequence is intended.
The paragraph J on page 21 is correct.  Surface will be placed after the Engineer determines the culvert backfill and base are sufficiently stabilized.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2406343Bath
On page 81 of the proposal where the bid items are listed, it shows quantities for the micro surfacing mainline and microsurfacing shoulder.  Using the typical sections shown on pages 28 -30, the quantities are not correct.  The micro surfacing mainline should be approximately 52,075 sqy d and the micro surfacing shoulder should be approximately 37,710 sq yd.  Can an addendum be issued changing the quantities?
Yes, an addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2406343Bath
On page 81 of the proposal, it lists a bid item for micro surfacing-leveling course shoulder.  Since this is a single course application shouldn’t the bid item be micro surfacing-surface course shoulder?
Yes, an addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-4010105Mason
The Notice to Contractors details this as Grade & Drain project.  The work type listed on the cover sheet of the proposal is Guardrail.  The qualifications to bid this project covers about everything except Guardrail.  If this is actually considered a Guardrail project, should I04 be added as prequalification item for this project or change the description on the proposal cover?
The correct description on the cover sheet of the proposal should be “Grade & Drain”.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-4009104Fayette
Most (all) of the information contained in the subject project proposal is concerned with the construction of the Aluminum Structural Plate Box Culvert item.  Little (no) mention is made of the work associated with the 30” Equivalent Culvert Pipe installations.  Please address the relevant issues, including but not limited to, road closures, schedule, maintenance of traffic, etc., for this work.
The pipe installation is to be performed at any point during the road closure for the aluminum box culvert.  Also, plan quantity for the item “Culvert Pipe- 30” Equiv” should be 26 LF instead of the 52 LF in the proposal as the 30” Equivalent Pipe is set up to replace 2- 18” Pipes.  An addendum will be posted to the website.  These pipes are to be installed in accordance with Standard Specifications listed in Section 701.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1007100Gallatin
In reference to the wrecker requirements for this project, will the contractor be responsible for the service in the area any closures are being utilized or for the entire area of the stationary signing?
The note referring to wrecker requirements was inadvertently included.  An addendum removing it will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1007100Gallatin
Will the KYTC be taking possession of the message boards at the project completion?
No.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1007100Gallatin
Will the KYTC consider using concrete instead of the chip and seal items for that area where it is required?
No.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1313354Hardin
Note 13 on R2N refers to sheet R11A for details on the safety fencing but I can find no such sheet.  Is it missing?
Yes, an addendum with the sheet will be posted.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-4009104Fayette
What is the 20 CY of CONCRETE-CLASS B to be used for?
The Class B Concrete is for anchoring of the toe wall on the upstream and downstream ends of the culvert.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2186408Bourbon
Should there be an item for  "Trenching and Backfill"?
Yes, an addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2188332Taylor
The special note states that an automated joint maker and edge follower be utilized in the longitudinal joint construction. It appears this product has been discontinued.  Does the Cabinet have a recommended manufacturer for this equipment? Can the special note be removed from the proposal?
The Special Note for Longitudinal Joint Construction and Special Note for Longitudinal Joint Construction (Joint Maker/Edge Follower Technique) will not apply on this project.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2990411Various
On page 13 of 90, the proposal states to wash all truss steel members….  Does the limit of washing the truss members stay within the 10 ft measurement from the joint or are we supposed to wash all truss members across the entire span?
The truss members are to be washed across the entire span, not just the 10’ adjacent to a joint.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2990411Various
Please define truss members.  Does it include stringers, cross bracing, diaphragms, etc. or is it only chord, verticals and diagonals that construct the “Truss” panels? 
The truss members are only the chord, verticals, diagonals, and the connection points.  This does not include stringers, cross bracing, diaphragms, etc. except where they connect to the truss member.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2327342Barren
Many of the patches listed on the spreadsheet seem to overlap.  Example is West Bound 2+30 is 23.61 feet in length and then there is a patch at 2+40.  This happens throughout the table.  Can you check these calculations and make sure they are correct?  
Yes, the spreadsheet is correct.  The patches are located by the station within a patch not the beginning of the patch.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2113401Greenup
Should there be an item for  "Trenching and Backfill"?
Yes, an addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2194422Anderson
Should there be an item for  "Trenching and Backfill"?
Yes, an addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2194422Anderson
Is there a traffic loop summary?
Yes, an addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2205369Christian
The typical sections show Milling and Texturing, as directed by the Project Engineer (full length), but the quantity of milling and texturing set up on the project is 120 tons.  Could you clarify if it is the intent to mill the full length of the road or if I am misinterpreting the note on the typical?
Disregard the typical note.  The project will not be milled entirely.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1011381Boyd
There does not seem to be a bid item for Excavation or Staking.  Will this work be performed by others?
All staking and site preparation necessary to complete the layout and execution of the project to the satisfaction of the Engineer shall be incidental to DGA Base.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1011381Boyd
Are there are specifications on  30-ft MTG HT Pole?  Is there a bid item for an arm?
Please see the Project Related Information on the website. This type of luminaire does not have extended arms.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1011381Boyd
Are there specifications on the HPS Luminaire...Wattage, Voltage, Type of Fixture?
Please see the Project Related Information on the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1011381Boyd
Should there be a  Trench and Backfill bid item?
No
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1011381Boyd
Should there be bid items for wire, fused connector kits?
No, these are being provided by Ashland Community and Technical School.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1011381Boyd
The pole base detail calls for a 2x2 square footer, can the pole base be 24" diameter below grade and 2x2 square above grade?
Yes.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2155361Jefferson
Should there be an item for  " Mobilization For Mill & Text"?
Yes, an addendum will be posted to the website
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1313354Hardin
Regarding addendum 2, since the drawing is not to scale, how long the plate is?  Is this one 10’ wide plate or can 2-5’ plates be used?  Will all joints require welding so that it is , basically, one continuous plate?
The intent is to have a solid 10’ wide plate spanning 5’ either side of the gas line.  The plates should extend  a minimum of 130’ along the length of the gas line to meet the 60’ spacing left and right of centerline.  The plates do not need to be welded.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1313354Hardin
Can the plates be hauled across?  Will there be a weight/size restriction on the hauling equipment?
Hauling is allowed across the gas line protection with no weight restrictions.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1307339Pulaski
Is the quantity for bid item line no 0290 , pave marking thermo cross-hatch, of 13350 sq ft. correct?
No, the quantity is incorrect.  An addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2807380Various
Is the Department’s intent for work to continue on weekends and holidays once work starts to avoid the liquidated damages mentioned on page 11 of the proposal?
No, cessation of work for any reason other than weather or conditions beyond the Contractor’s control (as determined by the Department) shall result in assessment of liquidated damages by the Department in the amount of $500.00 per working day that work is not performed.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1010419Muhlenberg
Is the 8/15/12 completion date correct?  
No, the completion date will be December 15, 2012.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1010419Muhlenberg
Is a geotechnical report available? 
No, a geotechnical report is not available.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2190333Hardin
Item 220  Detectable Warnings  – Can detectable plates be installed in existing ramps instead of bricks? 
No.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2190333Hardin
Should a separate pay Item Detectable Warnings Retrofit Existing Ramps be created since you are only replacing 3 ramps on the entire project and the remaining you are adding detectable warnings only?
No, please bid accordingly.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2327342Barren
According to a site visit and the documents provided that shows the patch location,  it appears that the original road was constructed roughly 24ft wide with one longitudinal joint in the center then sometime after approximately another 4.5 ft of pavement and curb & gutter was added to the outside of the existing. If this is correct, then it appears we will be adding some mid panel longitudinal construction joints where the center lane and either the EB or WB lanes meet.  Please confirm this is correct or provide a typical sections of the existing condition and advise if we will be construct mid panel longitudinal construction joints.
Yes, a construction joint will be created along each yellow line.  Please see the drawing in the project related information.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2327342Barren
The existing road surface appears to have been overlaid with asphalt.  If this is true, are we to finish our JPC pavement to the surround asphalt surface?
The current pavement does not have an asphalt overlay.  It has been milled off.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2327342Barren
Has the thickness of the existing asphalt pavement been consider in the bid item JPC Pavement 9 In/24?
The current pavement does not have an asphalt overlay.  It has been milled off.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2155361Jefferson
Since Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA) has in the past only seemed to be used on Interstate/Parkway Projects, is it correct that it is to be used on the above referenced? 
Yes, the Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA) is correct.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2155361Jefferson
Since a SMA requirement is that traffic not be allowed on the new surface until it cools to approx 140 degrees, all side streets and there are many besides heavily  traffic streets such as Stilts Ave, Cannons Lane, and Ewing will have to be closed for at least 15 to 20 minutes even with the use of water.  Is this acceptable?
The Traffic Control plan allows work be done at night. During off peak hours, ADT will be less of an issue and traffic can possibly be either rerouted or delayed for a longer time as directed by the Engineer.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2100324Bullitt
What is the bid item line # 230 Pave Mark Thermo Cone Cap-Solid Yellow?
It is the solid yellow semi-circular shaped cap at the wide end of a cone shaped flush island.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2182331Hardin
Is the quantity for new ramps correct?
No, an addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2182331Hardin
Item 260  Detectable Warnings Retrofit Existing Ramps – Can detectable plates be installed in existing ramps instead of bricks?
No.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1313354Hardin
Sheet R41J indicates that if footings are embedded into rock 2' no  paved flowline is necessary.  However, it appears from the geotechnical notes that rock on a good portion of the eastern footing is several feet below footer elevation.  There are options to extend to bedrock below the culvert footer using granular material or mass concrete.  If one of these options is used, does one have to install the paved flowline for the width of the culvert?  If so, that means the rock (>10') on the western side will have to be excavated to allow construction of the flowline as well as much of the existing stream bank on the eastern side, and in the steam also.  Assuming that to be correct, will the rock removed be paid as Structural Excavation - Solid Rock or will it be part of Foundation Preparation?  If the granular material or mass concrete is extended to 2' below top of rock does that mean the flowline will not have to be paved?  If the flowline does not have to be paved, what about the removal of the material inside the barrel of the culvert?  Is it paid as Structural Excavation - Solid Rock or will it be part of Foundation Preparation?  Or can it be left in place?  If the footers are keyed into rock 2' (or it's allowable to extend the granular material or mass concrete 2' into rock) and the flowline paving is not required and the material inside the barrel is left, will the Department pay for removal of the rock necessary (especially on the western side) to set the 3-sided structure as it appears that more rock will have to be removed to install the structure than is necessary to construct the footers (it appears that the haunch of the structure could be partially in solid rock)? If it will be paid, will it be paid as Structure Excavation – Solid Rock or will it be part of Foundation Preparation?
Remove all material in the barrel down to the flowline elevation to obtain minimum flow area of 418 sq ft listed on sheet R41I – 3 Sided Culvert Plan.  Rock excavation would be paid for as Structure Excavation Solid Rock, and any other material excavated, should be included in the Foundation Preparation Bid Item.  At the ends of the culvert, the material excavated shall include anything within the limits of the culvert sidewalls or barrel section projected, from the flowline elevation, and may slope upward using a 2 to 1 slope, at the wings near the inlet and outlet. A paved flowline all the way between sidewalls must be used unless the footings are embedded in rock, or mass concrete embedded in rock for the full length of the barrel.  The Department will not consider paying for additional concrete and steel quantities to bring unacceptable footings up to an acceptable level.  The vendor should provide feasible foundation drawings for estimating purposes.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2327342Barren
On page 29 of the proposal, Pavement markings No. 2 (first paragraph ) states the engineer could require temporary tape in lieu of grabber cones.  Will the Department provide a bid quantity for this item?
No.  On page 29 of the proposal, #2, it states “the Department will not measure removable lane tape for separate payment.”  If the contractor uses tape, it will be incidental to Maintain and Control Traffic bid item.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-4010105Mason
Does the chipped material from the brush and tree trimming have to be removed from jobsite or can it be blown back on right-of-way?
This may be allowed at the discretion of the Engineer.  There are environmental factors that must be considered in the disposal of this material.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2327342Barren
Please identify where Line No 0140  “Joint Sealing” 12,572 LF is being used. Per page 20 of the proposal under the Special Note for Full Depth Concrete Pavement Repair paragraph 4.3 & 4.4,  the joint sealing is consider incidental.
The joint seal bid item is for the non-replacement areas of the project.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-3201413Carter
For bid item line no. 0130, item 06427, the description is “Trenching”. What does the work for this item consist of?
Please see the Special Note for Trenching and the typical sections in the proposal.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2327342Barren
On pages 35 to 42  the drawings show temporary double yellow striping.  Are these items to be considered incidental?  Will the removal of existing striping also be considered incidental?
Yes, temporary striping is incidental.  Removal of existing stripe, if needed, will be incidental.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1313354Hardin
Have the Perforated Pipe Pay Items been quantified separately for Edge Drain, Underdrains at cut/fill transitions (per Geotechnical Note 7), and Subgrade Drainage at vertical sag locations (per Geotechnical Note 8)?
Perforated pipe for Geotech Note 8) is included in the Summary quantity.  Any perforated pipe for Geotech Note 7) installed by direction of the Engineer will be field measured and paid by bid price.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2990411Graves
Is  railroad liability insurance needed or required? 
Railroad liability insurance is not required.  The Contractor shall stay out of the railroad right-of-way.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2990411Graves
Do the KYTC general bridge cleaning specs require the contractor to retain/vacuum wash water from the cleaning? 
The general specs for this project do not require the capture of wash water.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2990411Graves
If the contractor needs to clear and dispose of vegetation that obstructs the project tasks from being properly completed, will there be any additional compensation?
There will be no additional compensation.  This will be considered incidental to other bid items.  Contractor is responsible to visit the site before placing bid.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2990411Graves
Are the county wage rates listed  in effect for this contract?
The prevailing wages applicable to this project are in the proposal.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1013106Daviess
Is the intent to use  S & F Box Inlet-Outlet-24” with 18” Entrance Pipe?
No, a S&F Box Inlet-Outlet 18”, item #01450, will be required for the 18” entrance pipe.  A supplemental agreement will be necessary once a contract is in place.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2953410Allen
The approach pavement/wedge is incidental to work.  What are the limitations of this wedge?
The limits of approach wedge are as follows: the width shall be out to out of bridge parapets.  The length shall be to up to three feet from end of bridge or additional asphalt damaged by the contractor as determined by the Engineer.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-2656409Daviess
Concerning the bridge over Brittle Road (B00072), there is a joint that calls for a 4” strip seal and Armored Edge.  What type of repair is currently there as it is not shown in plans?  What is contractor responsible for performing below deck level of this location?
Currently, there is a repair at 030B00072 US 60 approach that the District has done removing a sliding plate.  The District has repaired a spall on the end of the PCI BEAM.  The contractor is to remove deck as shown in the drawing.  In addition, the contractor is to remove the extra concrete between the back wall and the PCI Beam to allow for expansion and contraction.  Resident may require the contractor to patch end of beam with Class M Concrete.  This will be paid at the unit price for Class M Concrete “full depth repair”.  Removal of old concrete shall be incidental to joint repair.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
12-1011381Boyd
I can’t find any typical drawings to show what size of curb and gutter for line 0070, and 0080. Can you tell me what size of curb and gutter this is calling for?
Please see standard drawing RPM-100-09 as reference on the first plan sheet for the dimensions of bid item line no. 0070.  Or see the typical on the second page of the plans.  For bid item line no. 0080, please Standard Specification 102.06 that requires bidders to examine the site of work.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM