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11-2306306Webster
Are the milepoints or distance correct on page 4 of the proposal?
The milepoints are correct.  The distance is not correct and should be 0.075 miles rather than 1.09 miles.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1334406Caldwell, Crittenden
There is a structure included in the plans that appears to be for the next section of US 641 – Drawing 25963.  Should this have been included?  The quantities appear to be in the bid items.
That structure(drawing 25963) was inadvertently included.  The bid item quantities for the structure will be removed.  An addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1334406Caldwell, Crittenden
The earthwork calculation spreadsheet does appear to apply to this project.  Will a corrected copy be sent out?
No, this project does not have an earthwork calculation spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet that was sent out with the supplemental data should not have been sent and does not apply to this project.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
111338106Barren
There is an existing Signal in place. There is no pay item "Remove Signal Equipment".  Will this item be added?
Yes, the Remove Signal Equipment item will be added.  An addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
111038102Letcher
On plan sheet r2f of roadway plans, there is the guardrail summary but there are no bid items.  Will these items be added to the bid items sheets?
Yes, those items will be added and an addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
111329104Pendleton
Bid items 1100 to 1280 apply to sewer and water construction.  Where are the plan sheets and specifications?
The plans have been posted on the planroom website and are available for order.  The specifications will be added to the proposal by addendum and will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
There is a cut stability section for a borrow site (sheet R22D).  Is this a site that the State has obtained? Can you tell me where this borrow site is located?
There is no designated borrow site obtained by KYTC for this project.  The contractor will be responsible for obtaining their own borrow site. Please disregard any references to borrow sites in the plans.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2991107Nelson
In the proposal on page 22 of 98, section 2.3 states an estimated channel bottom of 482.00.  However, page 36 shows a channel bottom of 472.00.   Which is correct?
The estimated channel bottom in section 2.3 is for the location of the proposed cofferdam 30 feet upstream of the bridge.  Page 36 shows the channel bottom at the pier.  There is an estimated 10 feet of elevation change in the channel bottom between the cofferdam location and the pier.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2991107Nelson
In the proposal on page 33 of 98, it shows installing 1 cofferdam approx. 30 feet upstream of the bridge.  The area around the bridge looks to be more of a pond than a creek and if only 1 cofferdam is installed there is a lot of water to be removed.  Do the permits allow installation of 2 cofferdams (one up stream and one downstream) or is the intent to drain all of the water?
The intent is to drain all the water downstream of the cofferdam at this time.  However, the installation of a second cofferdam will be allowed.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
Page 53 of the proposal says that the traffic counting loops are to be installed after the paving is complete but page 107 says that they should be installed after milling and before the final surface.  Which is correct? 
The preferred method is that the loops be installed prior to the surface course.  The note on page 53 of the proposal will be revised and an addendum posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
According to section 408 of the Standard Specifications,  contracts with more than 2000 tons of milling require that each load be weighed.  Will this be required for the 6000 tons to be delivered to the maintenance facilities?  Also, the rest of the asphalt millings are to be used as part of the shouldering of this project.  Will this material be required to be weighed or will it be calculated as it will probably not be loaded onto trucks? 
Yes, as per the Standard Specifications, all millings should be weighed.  Standard Specification 408.04.01 does allow for portable scales to be used if the contractor chooses.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Should there be bid items for “Diversions (By-Pass Detours)” for the KY 22 detour and the KY 159 detour included in the project plans and proposal?
The bid items include quantities to construct the detours.  Removal of the detours is incidental to traffic control.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Item no. 00307, CL 2 Asph. Surf 0.38B PG 64-22. Should that be a CL 2 0.38D?
Yes.  An addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Please clarify the intent of Line No. 0310,“Quality Control”, included in the list of bid items in the proposal.
The bid item, Quality Control, was inadvertently included in the bid items.  It will be removed and an addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2958103Laurel
Can the approximate square footage of structural steel for this project be provided?
The approximate square footage of structural steel will be posted under Project Related Information on the Construction Procurement website.  The Square Foot Figure the structural steel posted is for information only and shall not be intended for bidding purposes.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2975401Bell
Is the quantity of 1 SY for Machine Prep of Slab correct?
The bid item, Machine Prep of Slab, was inadvertently included.  It will be removed and an addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
Where and when can rock cores taken in the geotechnical investigation be viewed?
Bidders wanting to view the rock cores taken on the project should contact Mike Blevins at the Geotechnical Branch (502) 564-2374  to schedule a time to review the cores.  
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1334406Caldwell, Crittenden
Note 11 on Plan Sheet R158 states “At no time shall the contractor be permitted to use shale in the subgrade.”  Does this mean the entire roadway embankment or just in the top 12” of the finished grade?
That note only applies to the top 12" of the finished grade.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2983402Scott
Will the Department consider extending the completion date?
No, the completion date will remain 11/15/2011.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1334406Caldwell, Crittenden
Page 10 of 104 of the Scope of Work Special Notes discusses Gray Bat minimization measures; will the tree replacements at the bridge and the provisions for the adobe bat box be completed by others after this contract is completed or will pay items be added for this work?
The tree replacements will be added by change order after consultation between the contractor and the project engineer.  The quantity and type of tree could not be included the proposal because it depends on the extent of contractor disturbance in the riparian zone.  The provision for the adobe bat box does not apply now and therefore will not be required as part of this contract.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1334406Caldwell, Crittenden
Has the right of way been acquired so test holes may be dug?
All parcels within the limits of this project will have been acquired or right of entry granted prior to letting the project.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
Will an objective method be consistently used to determine the suitability of excavated rock/shale materials for use in embankments?  If not, who will make the determination, and what will be the method be used to determine the suitability of excavated rock/shale materials for use in embankments?
The Engineer will determine the suitability of the material in accordance with Kentucky Method 64-513-08 and 64-514-08.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
If excavated rock/shale materials are found to be unsuitable for use in embankments, will the excavations from which these are obtained be likewise determined to be unstable for presplit slopes?  If so, will the contractor be compensated for additional excavation to flatten the excavation slopes, or is the contractor to likewise “draw his own conclusions about type and amount of material available” and include additional excavation quantities for sloped excavations for which he may be directed to construct without additional compensation?
Payment of Excavation work will be as shown in Standard Specifications 204.04.01 and .02;  Payment will be at the Contract Unit Price for the design quantity specified within the neat lines of the cross sections on the plans, increased or decreased by authorized adjustments.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
Is the KYTC aware that the note as written forces any contractor to include significant contingency “guesswork” costs to their bid for conditions that may not be present?
The bidder must draw his own conclusions as to the conditions to be encountered.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
Would it be a prudent measure for the KYTC to include an allowance quantity and unit price for a specifically graded limestone material to be brought from off-site, with a provision that this material would be used and paid if required and directed by the KYTC? 
No, the note allows the contractor to furnish any material which meets the requirements of the plans and specifications with the payment being included in the embankment in place bid item.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
Page 48 of proposal note 13 reads temporary fence may be required in select locations as directed by the Engineer. Payment is incidental to fence-woven wire type 1.  Would the Department consider adding a temp fence bid item, give a quantity needed or a contact name/ number of all property owners?
No, there will not be a temp fence item added.  Please see Standard Specification 722.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2304300Grayson
For the Structural Plate Pipe Arch , was flowable fill inadvertently specified rather than granular backfill in the Special Notes for Culvert Replacement or should the specified Precast Concrete backfill also be flowable fill?
The backfill materials specified on page 10 of the proposal are in accordance with the Standard Specifications for the respective alternates.  If furnishing Structural Plate Pipe Arch, use flowable fill conforming to Section 701.02.05 (B). This is in accordance with Sections 612 and 701.  If furnishing Precast Concrete Box Culvert, furnish granular backfill conforming to Section 805.11.  This is in accordance with Section 611 and Standard Drawing RDI-120-03. The Standard Specifications do not require flowable fill for precast concrete box culverts.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Are there details for “Enhanced Silt Trap” And “Spill Containment Area”?
Yes.  The details for the Enhanced Silt Trap and the KYTC Karst Policy will be posted in the project related information on the website.  The Spill Containment Area would need to follow KYTC’s Karst Policy.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Will KYTC be responsible for the removal of existing structures (buildings)within the project right-of-way prior to the start of construction?
Yes, the Cabinet is responsible for removal of the buildings and they will cleared prior to construction.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
Bid item #0190 is described as #02081—JPC PAVEMENT-8 IN SHLD (39 SY).  On the plans, this item is shown as only entrance pavement.  Should the bid item description and item number be changed to 8” entrance pavement?
Yes, the bid item should be for entrance pavement.  An addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
Can the bid quantities and locations of the perforated pipe, non-perforated pipe, and perforated pipe headwalls be confirmed and given, since only a portion of these can be found in the plans and notes?
The locations of perforated pipe, non-perforated pipe, and headwalls not otherwise shown on the plans are at embankment benches and transverse benches as shown on the profile and cross-section sheets and as listed on the Geotechnical Notes R42.  Standard Drawing RDP-006 covers details for pipes at these benches.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1334406Caldwell, Crittenden
Geotechnical note #11 (sheet R158) states no shale in subgrade. To what depth from top of subgrade does this requirement apply? Also, does this note apply to all shale even if it's SDI is greater than 95?
This note refers to the top 12 inches of the fill below the pavement structure and this means no shale at all in this area.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1332313Barren
Are the quantities of Crushed Aggregate Size No. 2 (line nos. 0070 and 0200)correct?
No, the quantity for the rock roadbed was included twice.  An addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1334406Caldwell, Crittenden
Are the rock core samples taken during the Geotechnical Investigation available for review?
Bidders wanting to view the rock cores taken on the project should contact Mike Blevins at the Geotechnical Branch (502) 564-2374  to schedule a time to review the cores.  
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2981305Powell
Will a bid item for armored edge be added?
Yes, an addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2986108Whitley
It will be difficult to get the materials and complete this project by the completion date.  Can the date be adjusted?
Yes, the revised completion date will be 12-30-2011.  An addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
Will the contractor be permitted to widen cut slopes inside R/W to obtain borrow material needed for embankment?
Yes, as long as it is done in a uniform manner approved by the Engineer, and does not steepen the cut slopes beyond that recommended by geotech.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1332313Barren
Do you have any information on Bid Item #122 Bore & Jack 40 L.F.?  Is it an encasement pipe or a carrier pipe?
The 40 LF of Bore and Jack will be a 24” encasement pipe and the 18” storm sewer pipe will be the carrier pipe at this location.  Please see Standard Specification 706 for the construction and measurement information of the encasement pipe.  Contrary to Standard Specification 706, the bid item, Bore and Jack, will include materials and installation of the 24” encasement pipe.  Please see Special Note 11E, Section 2.0 for the encasement pipe material requirements.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
Is the KYTC aware the earthwork note on sheet R2E as written makes the contractor responsible for the quality of the natural earth and rock materials that will be encountered during roadway excavation?
Standard Specification 204.03.01 clearly affirms the Earthwork (Geotech) note that the bidder must draw his own conclusions as to the conditions to be encountered.  It also states that the Department will not consider any claim for additional compensation when the materials encountered are not in accord with the classification shown. Geotechnical Reports on this project which are for informational purposes only can be found at the below websites.  http://kgs.uky.edu/kgsweb/KYTC/Reports/R-068-2007.pdf http://kgs.uky.edu/kgsweb/KYTC/Reports/RA-004-2008.pdf http://kgs.uky.edu/kgsweb/KYTC/Reports/RA-015-2009.pdf
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Will the Cabinet be posting existing structure drawings?
No.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Plan Sheet R10 indicates a Temporary Easement affects Right-of-Way parcel P13, but the Right-of-Way Summary in Sheet R9 does not include a temporary easement for this parcel.  Please clarify.
There is no longer any temporary easements on Parcel 13.  At one point, there were easements on this parcel but they were removed during negotiations.  The words, “temp. esmt” on parcel 13 on Sheet R10 are incorrect.   The Plan Sheets and the Summery Sheet are correct, and the lines on Sheet R10 are correct.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Page U5 Sta.118+81 - 175 LF 6 inch RJDI water main shown on the plans but do not see a bid item for it.  Will this be added?
Yes.  An addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Can the flow volumes/amounts for the gravity sewer lines being replaced be provided?
No, the Department does not have those.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Page U4 117 LF 4 inch DI water main is shown to be replaced, but do not see bid item for this.  Will this be added?
Yes.  An addendum will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2911202Various
Some of the bridges are specifying fabric, 57’s and rip rap around piers that are standing in deep pools of standing/flowing water that will be very expensive to access & dewater, especially during winter months.  Is it the departments intent to perform this work as shown or will alternate scour countermeasures be considered?
If the excavation consumes part of a driving lane, then the traffic control will be adjusted accordingly.  Additionally, if the installation of sheet piling requires road closure, the contractor should prepare a traffic control plan including a detour plan to be approved by the department prior to implementation.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2911202Various
McCracken County Bridge 073B00078N-The Special Notes for Traffic Control state that lane closure can only be up during the day and total closures have a 10 minute limit.  Will Department expect this to be the case on this site?  The excavation for the wing/barrel replacement will consume at least part of one driving lane.  The limited width of the entire roadway will also be consumed by the crane footprint for the sheet piling shown on the outlet.
Piers and abutments in standing water over 3 feet will not need the #57 stone placed or require dewatering.  However, the filter fabric and riprap does need to be installed.  The use of filter fabric sacks designed for this type of installation will be allowed provided the fabric used in the sack construction meets KYTC specifications.
The department will consider alternate scour countermeasures; however, any proposed scour countermeasure alternate must be approved by the district bridge engineer and central office scour engineer.
 
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
The project proposal states that liquidated damages will be charged when a mainline lane closure remains in place during the period(s) outlined in the Traffic Control Plan, but specific times when lane closures are prohibited aren’t given.  Can a mainline lane closure, one erected, remain in place?  If not, please provide specific times locations, dates, circumstances when lane closures are prohibited.
A lane closure may remain in place except for dates listed on Page 51 of the proposal unless otherwise directed by the Engineer.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
The proposal states that shoulders are to be improved using millings and/or DGA.  How will it be determined which material will be used?
The intent was to reshape shoulders using asphalt millings.  Asphalt seal coat is to be applied to the millings placed on the shoulders.  DGA may be used instead of asphalt millings, but no additional payment will be allowed.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
Concerning the Disposal of Waste on page Page 43 of the proposal, after inspecting the site, brush clearing is rather extensive in locations where drainage items are to be performed.   Would it be acceptable to chip, grind, and leave brush and mulch within the ROW provided it is spread or blown evenly across the area? 
Standard Specification 202.03.01 states that the contractor cannot place material on the right-of-way within view of a public road.  With that said, as long  it is not within site of the traffic and is spread out thin enough not to kill vegetation it would be acceptable.  If the material is thick enough to kill vegetation then it shall be covered with topsoil that will support vegetation and reseeded at the contractors expense.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
Concerning the Final Dressing, etc. on page Page 43 of the proposal, can a Bid Item and speculated quantity be added for Class A Final Dressing & Seed Mixture #1?
No, a bid item will not be added.  Please bid accordingly.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
Concerning note 13 on page 48 of the proposal, there is a lot of subjectivity in the paragraph beginning with "The contractor...".  Preserving the vegetative screen along the existing fence will be  impossible in most locations.  Clearing at a 10 to 15 foot width should occur along the ROW to correctly install the new fence.  Does this fall into the "maximum extent possible" category?  Is the reason for the limited clearing note due to the lack of access and agreements from the adjacent property owners?  
Minimal clearing should be performed to allow for the removal and installation of the fence.  The purpose of limited clearing is to prevent a wholesale destruction of all trees along the fence line.  Some property owners do not want the tree canopy removed, therefore care should be exercised.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
On page 53 of the proposal in the Phase I section, the third sentence in the paragraph requires work on the inside lane where traffic is located.  It appears that sentence should be deleted.  The second to last sentence says "Perform all roadside work during Phase II."  Assuming the roadside work is the fence, drainage work, guardrail installation, etc., Phase II has traffic located in the lane adjacent the outside work. 
The sheet will be revised and an addendum posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
On Page 55 of the proposal, in the Truck Mounted Attenuators section, it appears that many TMA's will be required for the project.  As it is written, rolling TMA's will be necessary for the milling/filling operations.  This seems to be a departure from common practice.  Will TMA's be required for that operation?
Yes
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
The drawings on page 60 of the proposal are in conflict with the phasing.  Will this be corrected?
The page 60 will be revised and an addendum posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
The project calls for milling 1.5" and resurfacing 1.25".  It is possible to utilize electronic equipment in the milling phase to eliminate the "highs and lows".  This same equipment is then utilized in the paving phase to further eliminate those "highs and lows".  Is this desirable? 
Electronic equipment may be utilized to provide a smoother grade, but no additional payment will be made for the use of this equipment.  A quantity of leveling and wedging has been included to correct the fluctuations in the pavement grade.  Please bid accordingly.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Clark, Montgomery
Can the embankment material needed for the project come from within the ROW?
Yes, embankment may be borrowed from locations approved by the Engineer.  All disturbed areas shall be protected with appropriate erosion control items and included in the KPDES and any other permits required.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
The proposal states that the water is to be relocated for the City of Falmouth and East Pendleton (pg. 23). However, the quantities are for East Pendleton only. Please clarify.
An addendum adding the City of Falmouth items will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
On sheet U4 note 4 states that backfill for replaced 18” gravity sewer and 12” force main shall be flowable fill from 6” above pipe to final backfill for surface restoration where within the road construction disturbance limits. The detail on U9 shows flowable fill starting 12” above the pipe. Please clarify.
REVISED ANSWER:
There shall be no less than 6 and no more than 12 inches of granular bedding over the top of the pipe.  Also, flowable fill is required as backfill on the 18” gravity sewer and 12” force main work under the bridge for the entire length of the relocation of these utilities at this location.  The flowable fill required to be used at this location is incidental to the construction of these utilities.  The flowable fill is required at this additional location for protection of the utilities from construction equipment and prevent backfill erosion during construction.  The depth of the flowable fill at this location is from 6 inches above the pipe to final grade.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Please clarify if the detail on U9 sets the limits of flowable fill or if it is the disturb limits shown on the plans.
There shall be no less than 6 and no more than 12 inches of granular bedding over the top of the pipe.  The remainder of the trench is to be backfilled with flowable fill to subgrade and to at least five feet beyond the edge of pavement under both existing and permanent roadways.  Flowable fill is not required under sidewalks, driveways, and entrances, but is allowed in any other areas the contractor chooses at the contractor’s expense.  All earth backfill within the project limits beyond 5 feet of roadways is to be compacted to 95% optimum density.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1339317Grant
Is the material on state R/W at exit 156 available for borrow on this project?
Yes, embankment may be borrowed from locations approved by the Engineer.  All disturbed areas shall be protected with appropriate erosion control items and included in the KPDES and any other permits required.  The contractor will be responsible to reimburse the Department $0.50 per yard for the material removed on state R/W.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Concerning the  16” sewer – will contractor be allowed to shut down section of street and detour traffic ,during working hours, down Barnes Street?
In order to shut down city streets outside the approved Maintenance of Traffic Plan, the contractor will have to work with the City to ensure all services can be maintained.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2985319Pulaski
Is railroad insurance required for the project?  If so what are the requirements?  Is railroad flagging required?  If so who is responsible for the costs?
Yes, railroad insurance and railroad flagging are required.  The information about both is in the project related information on the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Please explain the 20 LF and 28 LF of 6 inch DI shown on quantities sheet U3. The 6 inch DI water lines are not shown on the referenced plan sheets?
The 6 inch DI water main on Sheet 2 (U4) is the small portion between the existing 6 inch water main and proposed 8 inch water main.  The 6 inch DI water main on Sheet 3 (U5) is the small portion between the existing 6 inch water main and proposed 6 inch RJDI water main in the steel encasement.  Final payment will be for the measured and accepted quantity.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2911202Various
The proposal shows Bridge No. 042B00133N as KY 849 on page 63 but on page 100 is shows it on KY 339.  Which Route is correct?  The bridge at KY 339 doesn’t appear to match the site condition shown on Page 63.
The route on page 63 is a typo and should read KY 339. Due to the nature of scour, the site conditions may change with each rain event.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
On plan sheet U4, Note #3--Are the connection points of the 12-inch force main the edge of the disturbance limits?
The disturbed limits are close but may not be the exact points.  Field conditions and cover restrictions as stated in Note 4 on sheet U4 will dictate exact connection points.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2315318Henry
Where does all the DGA go?
To refill the pipe trench as outlined in the notes and to fix any drop-offs along the shoulder as needed.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1334406Caldwell, Crittenden
A question was asked regarding no shale in the subgrade. KYTC's response was: "This note refers to the top 12 inches of the fill below the pavement structure and this means no shale at all in this area.”  There is shale at the subgrade surface within in the roadway cuts. The cross sections do not show any undercut in these areas.  Will the contractor be required to undercut shale cuts by 12" and replace it with soil?  If so, will a change order be issued for the additional excavation?
The one foot of shale removed should be paid at the bid price for roadway excavation . Replacement with soil is incidental.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1339317Grant
What are the wage rates for this project?
Please see pages 238-250 in the proposal.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
What is the sampling and testing lot size requirement the Engineer will use to conduct these test?  Will one sample be adequate or is there a requirement for each station or after a  specific quantity of the material is excavated or placed? 
The Engineer will determine if the material provided from the roadway cuts or borrow sites to construct the project are meeting the requirements of the contact.  Where a durable material is specified the Engineer may utilize the information provided by the Geotechnical Investigation for this project, seek assistance from KYTC’s Geotechnical Branch in making rock durability determination or perform some field testing such as the Jar Slake Test.  It is up to the Engineer’s discretion on how many test will need to be performed.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
What is the acceptable Slake Durability Index (SDI) for Kentucky Method 64 -513-08? I don’t see a specified acceptable level. 
As per Section 206 of the Standard Specification, an SDI of 95 or greater is considered a durable material.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
What is the acceptable Behavior Category for the Jar Slake Test Category?  The Category numbers are from 1 to 6 for Kentucky Method 64-514-08.  What category is acceptable?
An acceptable Jar Slake Test Category will be a 6 or 5.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
Have these test been run by the Division of Materials on the core samples they have?  If so, can their tests be made available so that everyone is aware of their analysis? 
The SDI and Jar Slake Tests were run on the cores.  These results can be found on the Cut Stability Sections of the plans.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
A prior answer to a question referenced websites that contain specific analysis showing specific results of tested material on this project as performed by Fuller Mossberg, Scott & May for the KYTC Division of Materials in 2007.  These tests were evidently agreed to since that information was submitted to the Division of Design.  The test results on page 5 of the summary report approximately 90% as durable shale and 10% as non-durable Class I.  The additional results on pages 6 to 11, are now a part of the overall bid document.  This conclusion of the report is that majority of the rock available for embankment construction will consist of durable shale.  Is there any specific known information that the Cabinet has about this report or known conditions on the project that causes them to advise they do not stand behind the Consultants findings?
KYTC is not aware of any informational error contained in the Geotechnical Report or plan drawings.  Again, all excavation is unclassified and all bidders are to draw their own conclusions.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1040311Casey
A bid item allowing for a unit price of specific material to replace unsatisfactory material would be fair and equitable to all responsible bidders.  It would only be applicable on the specific amount of material determined by the Engineer.  What justification in current specifications or Kentucky methods supports the requirement of the contractor to furnish replacement materials that someone in KYTC determines is unsuitable on this project?
REVISED ANSWER:
In designing this particular project, it was known that it would require the use of borrow material to complete the project.  It was also recognized that a certain amount of borrowed durable material would be needed anyway.  The Department chose not to make this a separate pay item since the excavation methods and material manipulations can vary greatly among contractors and  the Department did not want to be responsible for monitoring how every cubic yard of material was being handled to ensure that it was being manipulated properly to reduce cost.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1038102Letcher
Plan sheet S3 shows an Earth Core at Integral End Bent 2.  The earth core is in a cut and extends approximately 30ft below existing ground ( 20ft below the end bent).  Is this correct? 
The earth core at integral end bent 2 will not be required.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1334406Caldwell, Crittenden
Concerning the Drainage Blanket-embankment, notes 19 and 21 of Geotechnical Sheet R158 state that the Drainage Blanket - Embankment is to be constructed of Coarse Aggregate for Rock Drainage Blanket. Please confirm that this is correct and that sand is not an option.  Notes 19 and 21 also state durable rock from roadway excavation may be utilized for this item (Rock Drainage Blanket Embankment).  Is the sandstone on the project acceptable for this item?  Sandstone will not meet the quality requirements of Section 805.03. Will the quality requirements be waived?  Is there a specific gradation for the sandstone if it is acceptable?
Coarse aggregate (not sand or Fine Aggregate) should be used.  Durable Sandstone  (SDI ≥ 95) from cuts is acceptable.  The quality requirements in section 805.03 are not required for the drainage blanket.  The graduation requirements in section 805.09 are applicable.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1038102Letcher
Will the contractor be allowed to construct a stream crossing for equipment and/or construction pads within the stream channel? 
Yes
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1038102Letcher
Likewise will piers for the temporary bridge be allowed within the stream channel?
Yes
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1340320Green
From sta 6+50 to sta 9+50, there are some deep areas of fill above the existing surface, will asphalt be used to bring this area to finished grade?
Yes, the quantity of leveling and wedging is sufficient to fill in those areas.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Where does the bid item , Ductile Iron Fittings, go ?
The ductile iron fittings are on the force main work.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2315318Henry
What is the Concrete - Class A item for? 
The concrete-class A is for the toewall.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1334406Caldwell, Crittenden
Geotechnical note 22 on plan sheet R158, says “The contractor shall stockpile all soils necessary to complete the chemical treatment of the subgrade.  This operation shall be incidental to the roadway price." How many cubic yards does KYTC want stockpiled?  Where does KYTC want the soils stockpiled? 
The contractor is responsible for stockpiling enough soil to construct the stabilized subgrade.  If construction sequencing permits, the subgrade can be constructed during grading operations without stockpiling soil.  The contractor will  need to select a site to stockpile the soil.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2981305Powell
Will multi-phase lights be acceptable to use in lieu of flaggers?    If so, will they be paid?
Yes, a contractor may be use a multi-phase signal, in accordance with TTC-110, in lieu of flaggers.  However, all costs associated with the signal shall be incidental to the pay item “MAINTAIN AND CONTROL TRAFFIC”.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1039201Montgomery
Concerning item # 08905 Crash Cushion Type VI Class CT,  can the Type VI Class BT be used in lieu of the Class CT unit?
No.  Type VI Class CT must be used.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-1329104Pendleton
Is the flowable fill on the 18” gravity sewer and 12” force main for the entire length or the bridge width?
The entire length of the relocated segment from existing line tie-in to existing line tie-in on both the force main and gravity sewer, not just the bridge width.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2977303Clay
Are the bid items correct for this type of road, two-lane highway?
No, an addendum correcting the bid items will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM
11-2979304Wolfe
Are the bid items correct for this type of road, two-lane highway?
No, an addendum correcting the bid items will be posted to the website.
1/22/2014 8:47 AM