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Bid Letting Dates:

April 26, 2018

May 10, 2018

In an effort to reduce costs, Contract Plans will no longer be printing and distributing project plans.  This includes the proposal, cross sections, erosion control plans, etc.  All of this information will be available on-line. Paper distribution will cease on March 30, 2018. 


201 - JOLIET-N & S - April 26, 2018

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Submitted: Friday 20-APR-2018 10:17 AM
An Addendum has been posted for this project:  ADDENDUM
To download the addendum bid files, click here:  BID FILES


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Questions

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Submitted: Friday    30-MAR-2018 07:15 AM
Company: Wharton Asphalt LLC
Contact: lena wharton
On the mastic what formula did you use to figure the pounds of material?  Also what width do you want to see on the crack?  Do you know how thick the cracks are on average?
Answer
Submitted: Monday    02-APR-2018 11:35 AM
0.5 lb/foot crack was used based on previous project experience with similar cracks.
Use the appropriate shoe to provide a level surface across the crack.
The thickness of the cracks depends on the time of the year.
An addenda will be issued to correct the quantity for Crack Filling. 
Revised sheet #8 can be found at the following link: 
REVISED PLAN SHEET 8

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Submitted: Wednesday 04-APR-2018 06:57 PM
Company: Wharton Asphalt LLC
Contact: lena wharton
The crack fill/seal bid item is in linear foot.  All crack seal jobs are usually bid by the pound of material.  Would you change the bid item to pounds?

Answer
Submitted: Friday 06-APR-2018 02:34 PM
No, the crack fill/seal bid item will be not be changed to pounds.

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Submitted: Friday    13-APR-2018 05:36 PM
Company: Wharton Asphalt LLC
Contact: lena wharton
On the revised plan sheet it states 10504 lf of crack fill is this what we bid or do we bid the proposal of 30116 lf?
Answer
Submitted: Monday    16-APR-2018 09:40 AM
The correct bid quantity is 10,504 linear feet.  An addendum will be issued to correct the quantity for Crack Filling.  The formal addendum and associated Project Bids ™ addendum bid file will tentatively be issued Thursday, April 19, 2018 or Friday, April 20, 2018.

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Submitted: Friday    20-APR-2018 02:41 PM
Company: Century Companies, Inc.
Contact: Kyle Berg
Upon award of this contract, if due diligence to obtain a MT DEQ Open Cut Mining permit for a pit to be utilized on this project is demonstrated to MDT by the Contractor, will MDT consider a delay caused as a result of the permitting process to be a "delay not caused by the Contractor's fault or negligence" as per section 108.07.4 A of the Standard Specifications? If so, would the time extension remain consistent with the time required to obtain a MT DEQ Open Cut Mining permit, allowing the Contractor a reasonable amount of contract time to complete the work?
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday    24-APR-2018 10:12 AM
Allow a minimum of 45 calendar days to receive required permits, authorizations, or notifications from the date of the submittal of a complete request, unless a different timeframe is specified by the regulatory agency.  The Department is not responsible for delays caused be incomplete or inaccurate submittals by the Contractor.  If the contractor can demonstrate due diligence in attempting to obtain a MT DEQ Open Cut Mining Permit, and is not able to begin work on the Notice to Proceed date due to reasons beyond their control, the Project Manager will not charge contract time per subsection 108.02 Notice to Proceed.

202 - CRESTON-NORTH - April 26, 2018

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Submitted: Wednesday 04-APR-2018 06:51 PM
Company: Wharton Asphalt LLC
Contact: lena wharton
On the crack sealing it states existing cracks. Is routing required?
Answer
Submitted: Friday 06-APR-2018 03:12 PM
See Crack Sealing Details on Sheet 11 of the plans.

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Submitted: Monday    16-APR-2018 05:18 PM
Company: Schellinger Construction Company
Contact: Estimating
Would MDT consider pushing the NTP date on this project out to Mid-July to allow the contractor to pave this job in August/September and chipseal in the spring of 2019?  A Flex-time start could be added to still allow for a late-June start if necessary.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday    24-APR-2018 12:55 PM
No, the NTP date will remain June 25, 2018.

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Submitted: Tuesday   17-APR-2018 08:48 AM  
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.  
Contact: Dwayne Rehbein
On face value, it appears Special Provision 20, section B requires the contractor to pave at night.  Most of the aggregate sources in the valley do not allow for night paving.  Is it MDT’s intent to pave the project at night?  “Continuous flow of two-lane two-way traffic” could be maintained with two flaggers at the paver and straddling the centerline with one pull.  Is this acceptable to MDT?
Answer
Submitted: Friday 20-APR-2018 12:57 PM
MDT's intention is for paving to occur at night between the hours shown in special provision 20.  MDT would review, but likely not approve a traffic control plan as described.

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Submitted: Tuesday   17-APR-2018 04:42 PM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Cale Fisher
Please provide the dimensions of the approaches on the project that were used for the basis of quantities for the farm, private and public approaches.  What is MDT's expectation for tying into the public approaches, as there is no milling quantity accounted for in the summary.  Additionally, what is expected for private approaches when pavement is in place beyond R/W or pavement ends at a cattle guard or similar structure?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 19-APR-2018 01:21 PM
All approaches were quantified 24' wide.  Pave radiuses to fit exist conditions.
Public approaches were paved to the radius returns (25') or existing right-of-way, whichever comes first, full depth (0.22'), followed by a 10:1 taper back to existing ground to provide a smooth transition.
Private and farm field approaches were paved 3' full depth (0.22'), followed by a 10:1 taper back to existing ground to provide a smooth transition.
Public approaches receive no milling when tied back into a paved approach, they receive an overlay only as specified above.
Private approaches will tie back into existing ground at or prior to Right-of-Way.  If there are any obstructions (cattle guard, structure), tie back into existing ground prior to obstruction.

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Submitted: Wednesday 18-APR-2018 02:12 PM
Company: Nelcon, Inc.
Contact: Nelcon, Inc.
Will MDT clarify how many CY of embankment materials are needed at each guardrail end section widening location?
Answer
Submitted: Monday 23-APR-2018 09:55 AM
There is no survey at the guardrail widening locations to accurately obtain quantities.  Based on as-built typical sections, each location would be approximately 25± cubic yards, depending on end condition slopes. 

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Submitted: Thursday  19-APR-2018 10:59 AM  
Company: Pavement Maintenance Solutions  
Contact: Joe Tamburelli  
There are 21 public approaches that are 700 sy total to be chip sealed. Is there any more detailed information available on the quantity of each approach?
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday  24-APR-2018 12:59 PM
Please refer to MDT's response to question #4.

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Submitted: Friday    20-APR-2018 04:13 PM
Company: Schellinger Construction Co, Inc.
Contact: Estimating
Per Special Provision 20(paragraph 2), the Contractor is to provide 2-12' (minimum) drive lanes during the hours of 6:30 am and 7:00 pm, except during seal & cover operations. According to the typical sections, our paving plan allows 12' minimum lane widths in both directions, which meets this requirement. In regards to question #3, is MDT now mandating a requirement to pave at night? If not, please clarify any additional requirements not stated in Special Provision 20 for daytime paving operations.
Answer
Submitted:  Tuesday    24-APR-2018 03:50 PM
MDT is now amending the previous response to #3 with this response. MDT is requiring that in addition to the restrictions stated in special provision 20, all paving operations in the traveled way are to occur at night between the hours of 7:00 pm and 6:30 am. Work requiring minor shoulder closures with minimal impact on the traveling public may be performed during daytime hours if approved by the Project Manager.

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Submitted: Friday    20-APR-2018 04:32 PM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Cale Fisher
Regarding MDT's response to night paving. There is only one Contractor in the area with a permitted source that allows for paving to be performed at night. If an amendment to a current Opencut permit is required to allow for night paving operations will MDT suspend contract time until the amendment is approved by DEQ?
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday    24-APR-2018 03:37 PM
No, MDT will not suspend contract time to allow for an Opencut permit amendment approval.

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Submitted: Saturday  21-APR-2018 09:24 AM  
Company: LHC, Inc
Contact: David Steely
Regarding bid item 301 020 416 for Shoulder Gravel and a quantity of 25 CY, would the State please clarify exactly what this is being used for and how it is to be applied ( thickness, width of application, etc. )?  All that is mentioned for it on Summary Sheet 9 under "Additional Surfacing" is "Grading For Taper Milling"?
Answer
Submitted: Monday 23-APR-2018 10:40 AM
Place Shoulder Gravel along the inslopes in the taper milling area as directed by the Project Manager.  Cold milled pavement may be used as Shoulder Gravel in accordance with Standard Specification 301.03.6."

203 - SF 139-COTTONWOOD & STUCKY - April 26, 2018

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Addendums

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Submitted: Friday 20-APR-2018 10:20 AM
An Addendum has been posted for this project:  ADDENDUM
To download the addendum bid files, click here:  BID FILES

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Submitted: Tuesday 24-APR-2018 04:15 PM
An Addendum has been posted for this project:  ADDENDUM
To download the addendum bid files, click here:  BID FILES


Clarifications

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Submitted: Thursday 19-APR-2018 11:53 AM
Special Provision #35 – High Efficacy LED Luminaire is hereby replaced with the following:  HIGH EFFICACY LED LUMINAIRE


Questions

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Submitted: Thursday  05-APR-2018 01:56 PM  
Company: Quality Landscape Seeding, Inc.  
Contact: Brandon
Regarding bid item # 610-220-100 Mulch, It is not included in the Seeding Special Provisions or in the Plans . Is it safe to assume it is going on the area 2 bank under the erosion control blanket at an application rate of 65 CY/AC?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday  11-APR-2018 09:12 AM  
Sheet 13 Topsoil and Seeding Summary Frame has been revised and is hereby replaced in the contract
REVISED SHEET 13.  An addendum will be issued to delete the MULCH bid item and increase the quantity of EROSION CONTROL BLANKET-LONG TERM by 2,420.00 SQYD (3,585.00 SQYD Total).

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Submitted: Wednesday 18-APR-2018 04:38 PM 
Company: Century Companies, Inc. 
Contact: Estimating 
It appears that the legend on sheets 42 and 43 have the labeling for longitudinal and transverse joints mixed up. Please clarify.

Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 24-APR-2018 04:03 PM 
Sheets 42 and 43 legends are incorrect.  They have been corrected and available here:
  REVISED PLAN SHEETS 42 & 43

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Submitted: Friday    20-APR-2018 03:21 PM
Company: White Resources Group, Inc.
Contact: estimating
Item Number 609 010 200 CURB AND GUTTER-CONC: Some of the curb and gutter is accounted for in the summary and part of the PCCP. It is identified as standard curb and gutter in the geometric layout(sheet 34):  How is the curb related to the PCCP to be paid?  Is the curb and gutter to 9" in relation to the PCCP, as it has been in past projects?  Item Number 501 010 125 PORT CEM CONC PAVE 9 IN, Sheets 42 and 43:  On each leg of the roundabout, there is a longitudinal contraction joint that appears to be in conflict with the curb and gutter:(1.5 feet apart) Is there reinforcement in the curb and gutter joint?  If so, would the longitudinal contraction joints nearest to the curb and gutter be necessary?

Answer
Submitted: Tuesday  24-APR-2018 04:16 PM
The curb and gutter within the PCCP footprint is 9" thick curb and gutter integral to the PCCP and included in the area quantity for the PCCP bid item. The concrete curb and gutter quantity shown in the curb summary frame on Sheet 14 incorrectly included the integral curb. The correct quantity for concrete curb and gutter is 2,293.7 linear feet. (revised summary frame sheet is attached).  An addenda will be issued for this change. 
The curb and gutter joint is reinforced with #5 x 24" long epoxy coated deformed tie bars spaced at 30" centers. The additional longitudinal contraction joint conflicts with the curb joint and has been removed in the revised joint layout details.
REVISED PLAN SHEET 14

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Submitted: Monday    23-APR-2018 10:03 AM  
Company: Montana Lines  
Contact: Montana Lines  
Please provide Method of Measurement and Basis of Payment for the rigid steel conduit required at pull boxes and foundations per SP #34, including the spare conduit sweeps listed in Note 4 on Sheet E-6
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday    24-APR-2018 03:58 PM  
Include the steel conduit in the cost of the pull box and foundation concrete bid items.

204 - CONRAD-N & S, CASCADE-SOUTH (SB) - April 26, 2018

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205 - SF 139-SUN PRAIRIE TURN LANE - April 26, 2018

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Submitted: Friday 20-APR-2018 10:22 AM
An Addendum has been posted for this project:  ADDENDUM
To download the addendum bid files, click here:  BID FILES


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Questions

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Submitted: Friday    13-APR-2018 12:15 PM
Company: NORTHWEST LININGS & GEOTEXTILE PRODUCTS
Contact: RAMONE JACKSON
Summary sheet #10 has 3,445 SY of Geotextile Stabilization - I am asking which bid item will include this product. I am assuming this will be a incidental item.
Answer
Submitted: Monday 16-APR-2018 11:42 AM
A quantity of 3,445 Square Yards for Geotextile Stabilization will be added to this contract by addenda.

206 - FIVE MILE CR-1 M NE EDGAR - April 26, 2018

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101 - SWAMP CREEK-EAST - May 10, 2018

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Submitted: Wednesday 18-APR-2018 11:42 AM
The following special provision is hereby made a part of this contract:
UTILITY INSTALLATIONS
Utilities relocation work is not complete and will not be complete as of the letting date and contract award date. Project work must be coordinated with the utility company relocation activities until the utilities relocation work is complete. Under no circumstances will a delay in relocating utility facilities be considered justification for additional compensation.
Should unforeseen conditions arise which substantially delay the utilities relocation work, and this directly results in a delay to the project work, make a written request to the department for a time extension (see sub-section 108.07.4).
Coordinate with utilities to accomplish the relocations concurrently with road construction.
Utility company contacts:
Frontier telecommunications: Michelle Morris (208) 263-8432
HEIM Cable: Jeremy Holm (406) 274-8013
Flathead Electric Stan Pluid, (406) 751-4461

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Submitted: Friday 20-APR-2018 11:05 AM
The following Special Provision - Stream Protection Act - is hereby added to this contract: STREAM PROTECTION ACT


Questions

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Submitted: Friday    13-APR-2018 08:28 AM  
Company: Macon Supply  
Contact: Jeff Monaco  
Clarification on quantities. Example, the estimated plan quantity for Geofoam is 5,460 M3. Special provision 46 states EPS Geofoam Blocks are measured by the Cubic yard (M3). Is the estimated quantity 5,460 cubic meters or cubic yards?
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 17-APR-2018 01:44 PM
All quantities are in metric units.

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Submitted: Thursday  19-APR-2018 09:08 AM
Company: Schellinger Construction Company, Inc.
Contact: Grant Roberts
Please post any additional geotechnical information for this project.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday  19-APR-2018 04:06 PM
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

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Submitted: Thursday  19-APR-2018 05:15 PM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Stacy Hill
Is there an SPA 124 permit for this project?  The 318 Special Provision indicates FWP input and the 404 Special Provision references Bull Trout, so we would like to know if there are also Stream Protection Act requirements to consider.

 

102 - ZIMMER TRL-BLGS & MT3-ZIMMERMAN TR INTRSCT IMPRV - May 10, 2018

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Submitted: Tuesday   17-APR-2018 10:12 AM
Company: Western Systems
Contact: Kevin Hanson
I would like clarification on the Chevron Specs.  We offer an alternative product and would like to discuss the possibility of using these with the project manager.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday   19-APR-2018 02:18 PM
The TAPCO BlinkerBeam & BlinkSync dynamic LED curve warning system has been approved as a formal FHWA experimental feature.  Alternatives will not be considered for this project.  Please bid the project per the Contract specifications.

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Submitted: Tuesday   17-APR-2018 04:14 PM
Company: Reeverts Fencing LLC
Contact: Boe
Can state provide a better table for fencing than what is in plans. With what is currently provided the fence can not be bid.

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Submitted: Wednesday 18-APR-2018 10:07 AM 
Company: Midland Electric & Contracting, Inc. 
Contact: Bob Bouley 
Can you please detail what electrical items consist of for Section No. 0003, Electrical Additive Alternate - AB2 Bid Item - Miscellaneous Items - Each, Qty. (3) each
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 19-APR-2018 19:18 AM 
Special Provision #56 - Cellular Remote Control 5-year Plan (Additive Alternative AB2) describes the item to be bid as Miscellaneous Items-Each. 

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Submitted: Friday    20-APR-2018 06:32 AM  
Company: Western Municipal Construction
Contact: Jock Clause
We have done a preliminary schedule and it appears that 90 work days is a tight time frame.  Would MDT consider increasing this time another 20 work days?
Answer
Submitted: Friday 20-APR-2018 01:01 PM
Contract time will remain at 90 Working Days.

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Submitted: Friday    20-APR-2018 02:40 PM
Company: COP Construction
Contact: Neil McKeehan
On Summary Table Sheet 23, RCP IRR Class 3 18". How does STA 118+76.96 to 119+35.13 and 119+35.13 to 121.33.11 correlate to page 34 pipe lengths?

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Submitted: Monday    23-APR-2018 11:28 AM  
Company: Western Municipal Construction  
Contact: Jock Clause
Where is the unclassified excavation at?  The tables do not support the quantity indicated in the bid schedule.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday    24-APR-2018 10:14 AM
Regarding the unclassified excavation for the Zimmerman projects, the Trail project shows 14,836 cubic yards in the grading summary, and the Intersection project shows 30,584 cubic yards, totaling the 45,420 cubic yards as shown in the schedule of items. 

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Submitted: Monday    23-APR-2018 11:43 AM  
Company: Western Municipal Construction  
Contact: Jock Clause  
Has MDT conducted an inspection of the Rims this spring? If not do they plan to? Who is responsible for any falling rock/boulders and damage resulting from falls?

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Submitted: Tuesday   24-APR-2018 11:54 AM  
Company: Northern Rockies Agency 
Contact: Kit
What is the color of the luminaire cobra head and the 10-a-500-6 poles?  I know the underpass light is black but there is no mention of color on the light poles.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday   24-APR-2018 04:40 PM  
The color of the luminaires on the 10-A-500-6 light poles are standard galvanized/grey color.

103 - BRIDGER CANYON - May 10, 2018

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104 - S-359-JCT MT 69 TO HARRISON - May 10, 2018

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105 - NORTH HILL CONC BARRIER-HELENA - May 10, 2018

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106 - HILGER-NORTH & WINIFRED-SOUTH - May 10, 2018

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108 - BELGRADE-URBAN (UPP) - May 10, 2018

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109 - GEYSER STREET-LIVINGSTON - May 10, 2018

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110 - SF-169 N24 CLRS SFTY IMPRV - May 10, 2018

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111 - ANACONDA-URBAN (UPP) - May 10, 2018

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112 - SF 159 HAVRE SFTY IMPRV - May 10, 2018

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