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MDT will issue a Design Build Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposal for the Emergency Relief (ER) project – Red Lodge Area Flood Repairs. The project will include reconstruction work on Broadway Avenue (US-212, RP 68.50 – 69.30) to repair flood damage from Rock Creek. Work will include bank stabilization activities and restoration of retaining walls, roadways, sidewalks, curb & gutter, guardrail, storm drains, signs, and other miscellaneous damaged roadway features. Tentative Schedule: RFQ – 7/6/22, SOQ-7/13/22, RFP-7/20/22, Tech Proposal 7/27/22, Bid Price Proposal 8/4/22.
Contact Erik Miller for additional information. Phone: 406-444-6211. Email: ewmiller@mt.gov.

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302 - SF 199 MSLA HT MEDIAN CABLE RAIL - June 30, 2022

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Submitted: Thursday 17-FEB-2022 10:00 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 March 8, 2022.

Project Name:   SF 199 MSLA HT Median Cable Rail
Project No.:        HSIP 90-2(165)96
Control No.:       9839000

This project includes design and construction services required to design and install High Tension Median Barrier Rail along the I-90 Corridor from Mile Post 55.4-58.4 and Mile Post 96-144 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: RFQ AND ATTACHMENTS

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Submitted: Friday 01-APR-2022 10:30 AM
PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING MINUTES


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Clarifications

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Submitted: Thursday 05-MAY-2022 01:50 PM
FOLLOW UP PRE-PROPOSAL MINUTES

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Submitted: Monday 09-MAY-2022 07:55 AM
The following dates have been updated:
Proposals will be due on May 27, 2022.
Bid Opening will be on June 30, 2022.

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Submitted: Thursday 23-JUN-2022 3:25 pm
The following language is hereby added to RFP Section VII.  Bid Price Proposal Requirements, part B. Bid Price Proposals Exceed Cost Estimate:  Any delay of contract award beyond the scheduled July 26, 2022 Commission award date will be considered a compensable delay.  Cost escalation due to a delay of contract award will be dealt in accordance with Standard Specification 108.07.6 - Delay Compensation, as well as any other pertinent contract provisions.  Lump sum bids that include a conditional price increase or deduction will be considered not responsive.


Questions

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Submitted: Monday 21-FEB-2022 10:42 AM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
Section III, Paragraph B "Staffing Plan" on page 6 of the RFQ provides a list of key personnel and support staff. This key personnel list is different from the key personnel identified in Section 2 of the Evaluation Criteria Scoring Table within the SOQ Evaluation Criteria attachment. Please clarify which key personnel list we should use.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday  22-FEB-2022  06:10AM
The staffing requirements outlined in the Request for Qualifications is correct.  Disregard the key personnel indicated in Attachment C.

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Submitted: Monday 21-FEB-2022 10:48 AM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
Section III of the RFQ, SOQ Submittal Requirements, appears to be missing a section E. for Project Approach and Understanding as identified in the scoring evaluation. Please provide a description for this section along with page limit.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 22-FEB-2022  06:07AM
Reference the Request for Qualifications Section III SOQ content requirements and score weighting.  Disregard the Evaluation Criteria Scoring Table contained in Attachment C.

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Submitted: Thursday 24-FEB-2022 01:37 PM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
Related to the scope of work indicated in the RFQ and acceptable manufacturers, could MDT provide any requirements related to deflection and post spacing standards so the teams can begin research. Additionally, will a 4-cable system be a requirement?
Answer
Submitted: Friday 25-FEB-2022 12:38 PM
Maximum deflection of 10 feet with a maximum post spacing of 16.5 feet.
Provide a system that meets TL-3 as installed. A 3 cable or 4 cable system will be accepted.

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Submitted: Wednesday 02-MAR-2022 05:33 PM
Company: Coral Construction Company
Contact: Kris Karpstein
Please clarify what is needed for the minimum 4-foot mow strip between the new rail system and the edge of pavement? Is this meant to be a surface that will restrict vegetation growth(compacted gravel)? Or must it be a hard surface(concrete or asphalt)? Must this system extend all the way to the new rail system if the cable is more than 4' off the edge of pavement?
Answer
Submitted: Friday 04-MAR-2022 02:53 PM
MDT requires an approved soil sterilant be applied to the soil to restrict plant growth.  Gravel or other surfacing is not required for this application.

UPDATED: Monday 07-MAR-2022 08:25 AM
MDT will apply soil sterilant after the new median cable barrier rail is installed.  This effort is herewith excluded from the project scope.

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Submitted: Saturday 02-APR-2022 09:39 AM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
Assuming the draft environmental document submittal is sufficient, can MDT provide anticipated review times of the draft document submittal, along with the anticipated timeline for furnishing the approved environmental document.
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 06-APR-2022 01:47 PM
MDT will meet the review times called out in the RFP.

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Submitted: Saturday 02-APR-2022 09:35 AM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
Due to issues with material availability, would MDT consider extending the Final Completion Date an additional year, to November 15, 2025?
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 05-MAR-2022 02:17 PM
MDT acknowledges supply chain issues and material availability and will allow a time extension through the change order process after the project is awarded with associated justification.

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Submitted: Friday 20-MAY-2022 09:44 AM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
Referencing Section A. High Tension Median Barrier, paragraph 11 in the Request for Proposal. It is our understanding that during construction, any impacts to the facilities in place at the time of a traffic impact would be covered by a change order for replacement or repair of the facilities. Please confirm that this interpretation is correct.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 24-MAY-2022 09:40 AM
This interpretation is correct, any damage, not by Contractor negligence will be covered by Change Order.

101 - WOLF CREEK N & S - July 14, 2022

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Questions

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Submitted: Monday 20-JUN-2022 03:13 PM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Cale Fisher
Can MDT post the .xml and .dgn design files for this project?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 22-JUN-2022 11:35 am
The design files for the requested project are posted here: DESIGN FILES
The requested files do not represent the staked project, but are only design files. The Department cannot guarantee the accuracy of the electronic data, particularly as it may be called up by your computer, nor does any data in these files supersede the data in the contract documents. In addition, the Department will not make any revisions to the electronic files pertaining to the staked project, change ordered work, or changes that are made during construction to fit field conditions.

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Submitted: Tuesday 21-JUN-2022 08:53 AM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Dwayne K Rehbein
This project requires a very large quantity of gravel, probably from multiple pits. Please consider the following questions:
1. Will the contractor be allowed an interstate fence break, off the project?
2. If a fence break is allowed, can a median crossing be utilized if there is appropriate site distance? This would require single lane closures in both directions.
3. If a fence break is allowed, but no median crossing, I assume we will make a right turn into the pit, and a right turn out of the pit onto the Interstate?
4. If the answer to 2 or 3 above is yes, will the contractor or MDT be responsible for traffic control?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 23-JUN-2022 03:24 PM

Revised: Tuesday 05-JUL-2022 11:22 AM
1.    Off project access breaks will be considered and approved based on location and FHWA approval. Access breaks within 2 miles of an interchange will not be considered on a case by case basis (see the answer to question 3). Continued use of these is at the sole discretion of the MDT/FHWA. If they are not maintained or operated as approved, their use will be revoked without additional consideration or compensation for the contractor.
2.   
Median crossings will not be allowed within two miles of an interchange. Median crossings will be allowed with trucks turning passing lane to passing lane. If the trucks infringe on the live lanes, median crossings will be revoked.  Right in, right out movements will be required.
3.    Correct.
4.    Payment for traffic control at noncommercial pits will be paid by the department per section 618.
Without specific location information it is impossible for MDT to guarantee that fence break and median crossing usage will be allowed.

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Submitted: Wednesday 29-JUN-2022 03:09 PM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Estimating
MDT’s response to question #2, -Access breaks within 2 miles of an interchange will not be considered-, is limiting access to multiple pits with no (or severely limited) access. One such pit is the Sieben Quarry south of the project. Can your response to question #2 be changed to allow right-turn-in and right-turn-out access to the interstate within the specified 2 miles where local access is unavailable or limited?
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 05-Jul-2022 09:10 AM
Right-turn-in and right-turn-out access to approved interstate access breaks will be allowed where local access is unavailable, or when it is in the best interest of the traveling public.

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Submitted: Tuesday 05-JUL-2022 04:11 PM
Company: Poteet Construction
Contact: Gary Pfister
Bid Item DELINEATOR - FLEX SURF MT YEL has a quantity of 2854 EA. Is this quantity correct?

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Submitted: Wednesday 06-JUL-2022 11:02 AM
Company: Mountain West Holding Co
Contact: Chris Connors
Special provision 27 indicates that only small barrier will have an 8in animal scupper as stated whereas the notes at the bottom of the concrete barrier summary indicate both small and tall barrier will have the scupper. Please clarify.

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Submitted: Wednesday 06-JUL-2022 02:15 PM
Company: Mountain West Holding Co
Contact: Chris Connors
There is a median access break at approx. Sta 390 that includes two impact attenuators that will get replaced at the end of the second season. What is required at these locations when barrier is reset each phase?

102 - UNDERPASS AVE - BILLINGS - July 14, 2022

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Questions

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Submitted: Monday 27-JUN-2022 02:15 PM
Company: Contech
Contact: Dennis Dirks
Can PVC be allowed as an option to the RCP on the storm sewer for this project? MDT has it in their specifications and the city of Billings allows it as well.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 30-JUN-2022 07:48 AM
PVC pipe is an acceptable material for the storm drain system but must meet cover requirements and manufacturer specifications. The MDT cover requirements for PVC pipe are 24 inches minimum from the top of rigid pavement or to the bottom of flexible (plant mix) pavement. The top of the pipe must also be 0.3 feet below the surfacing subgrade. All pipe runs must be consistent material from one end to the other (i.e. mixed pipe materials is not acceptable). Cover requirements must be confirmed by the contractor and supplier.

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Submitted: Tuesday 05-JUL-2022 10:16 AM
Company: COP Construction LLC
Contact: Christian Duffus
1. Plan Sheet 18 indicates that the wet well cover shall be cast in place. Would a precast lid be acceptable? This would likely be a less expensive option, and would be advantageous for the project schedule. 2. Bid Item 0100 (Remove Structure, 1 LS) - Are there any as-builts that MDT can provide for this item? 3. For the Water Main and the 20" DI Force Main: Will joint restraint devices be allowed in lieu of thrust blocking?

103 - MAIN STREET - WINNETT - July 14, 2022

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Questions

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Submitted: Wednesday 22-JUN-2022 10:35 AM
Company: Century Companies, Inc.
Contact: Estimating
1. The requirement in SP 32 for approaches to be open within 5 days seems pretty tight for the ones that have valley gutters. Typical cure time is 7 days and using high early to get strength is not really an option since the concrete will have to be hauled so far. Would the department consider a longer time? 2. The requirement to do one non adjacent block of curb and side at a time on the same side of the street within 7 days seems unreasonable considering the storm sewer and edge drain that must be put in after it is removed. Please reconsider this specification.
Answer
Submitted: Friday 24-JUN-2022 12:45 pm
1.  The two approaches with valley gutters, Moulten Ave and Wheeler St., will be allowed 9-day closures with an approved traffic control plan.
2. Sidewalk, curb, and gutter that are removed in conjunction with storm drain and edge drain must be completed with 7 days of storm drain completion for each block.  This work can proceed linearly on adjacent blocks.

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Submitted: Tuesday 28-JUN-2022 04:32 PM
Company: Century Companies, Inc.
Contact: Estimating Estimating
SP 46 states to expect to produce 2530 CY of cold millings. That doesn't seem to calculate with the quantity of the Cold Milling Item (SQYD) on the project. Does the quantity stated assume that the asphalt to be removed in the Unclassified and/or Street excavation will be milled?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 06-JUL-2022 11:55 am
Special Provision 46. Utilization of Cold Millings is hereby replaced with the following updated Special Provision:
UTILIZATION OF COLD MILLINGS

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Submitted: Wednesday 06-JUL-2022 08:36 AM
Company: Mountain West Holding Company
Contact: Keith Johnston
Lump Sum Traffic Control does not seem appropriate for a project like this. There is milling, paving, dirt work, utility work, electrical work and concrete work resulting in multiple sub contractors. It is hard to estimate a lump sum project like this. Can the traffic control be changed to units?

104 - SF 159 N OF HARDIN SLP FLTN - July 14, 2022

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105 - MT-135 SLOPE STABILITY - July 14, 2022

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Clarifications

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Submitted: Friday 01-JUL-2022 12:35 PM
Special Provision 17 is hereby replaced with the following updated Special Provision: SEQUENCE OF OPERATIONS


Questions

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106 - LAUREL RD SIGNALS - BILLINGS - July 14, 2022

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107 - MBTA JOC - MISSOULA AREA - July 14, 2022

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Submitted: Monday 27-JUN-2022 03:05 PM
A non-mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at the following time and location:
Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 8:30 AM at the project site (Salmon Lake State Park parking area).
Representatives of the Department will be present to describe the project and answer questions. The pre-bid conference is for information only. The Department is not bound by any statement or representation concerning conditions or description of the work given by Department employees or agents and the pre-bid conference. The answers to any questions raised are non-binding oral explanations or instructions and relying on them is solely at the Bidder’s risk. Any issues raised at the pre-bid conference must be posted on the Question and Answer Forum to be considered an enforceable provision of the contract to be let. The pre-bid attendee list and contract document clarifications or modifications considered necessary by the Department will be posted to the Question and Answer Forum.


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Clarifications

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Submitted: Tuesday 28-JUN-2022 09:33 AM
Special Provision 8. Non-Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference did not include the correct weekday of the Conference. It is hereby replaced with the following updated Special Provision: NON-MANDATORY PRE BID CONFERENCE

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Submitted: Wednesday 29-JUN-2022 02:35 PM
Special Provision 28. Traffic Control is hereby replaced with the following updated Special Provision: TRAFFIC CONTROL
 


Questions

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304 - RED LODGE AREA FLOOD REPAIRS - August 04, 2022

Notifications

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Submitted: Wednesday 06-JUL-2022 10:17 am
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is accepting Statement of Qualifications (SOQs) from entities (Firms) interested in providing design and construction services for the Design-Build project identified below.  Firms are encouraged to submit an electronic copy of their Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) no later than 11:00 a.m., local time on July 13, 2022.

Project Name:  Red Lodge Area Flood Repairs
Project No.:      ER STWD(898)
Control No.:     10322000

In Red Lodge, the project will include reconstruction work on Broadway Avenue (US-212, RP 68.50 - 69.30) to repair flood damage from Rock Creek. Work will include bank stabilization activities and restoration of retaining walls, roadways, sidewalks, curb & gutter, guardrail, storm drains, signs and other miscellaneous damaged roadway features.

The project RFQ can be found at the following link: RFQ AND ATTACHMENTS


Addendums

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Clarifications

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Questions

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303 - SF 189 D2 HT MEDIAN CABLE RAIL - October 06, 2022

Notifications

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Submitted: Friday 03-JUN-2022 10:45 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 June 24, 2022.

Project Name: SF 189 D2 HT Median Cable Rail
Project No.:        HSIP STWD (744)
Control No.:       9797000


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 116.0-134.1, and along the I-90 Corridor from Mile Post 208.3-219.0, 227.0-230.5, & 274.8-315.0 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:RFQ AND ATTACHMENT


Addendums

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Clarifications

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Questions

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Submitted: Monday 13-JUN-2022 11:30 AM
Company: Mountain West Holding Co
Contact: Chris Connors
1) The RFQ lists 4 potential suppliers to supply the desired cable systems for this project. However, further into the proposal there is a requirement that the terminal can not be a Tension Release system. That requirement eliminates 2 of the 4 systems as options. 2) Previously discussed has been the extreme shortages of cable rail available for installation in the US. This project will run concurrently with a previously let cable rail project of 50,000ft and the Missoula District Design Build project that will add further strain to the supply issues just in Montana alone. What if any provisions exist for availability issues and escalating price issues specific to cable?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 15-JUN-2022 02:50 PM
A steel price adjustment will be included with the RFP.  MDT acknowledges supply chain issues and material availability and will allow a time extension through the change order process after the project is awarded with associated justification.

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Submitted: Monday 13-JUN-2022 11:47 AM
Company: Mountain West Holding Co
Contact: Chris Connors
Please confirm that the wage package applicable to this project will be MT 20220080 6-3-22 since the RFQ advertisement date is 6-3-22.
Answer
Submitted: Monday 13-JUN-2022 01:27 PM
MT 20220080 6-3-22 is the correct wage package.

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Submitted: Thursday 16-JUN-2022 08:03 AM
Company: Mountain West Holding Co
Contact: Chris Connors
Is the MDT going to maintain the requirement that cable terminals can not be tension releasing thus eliminating 2 of the 4 potential listed suppliers?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 16-JUN-2022 10:55 AM
Yes, MDT will maintain the requirement.

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Submitted: Thursday 16-JUN-2022 08:32 AM
Company: DOWL
Contact: Ashley Belcourt
Under section III, SOQ Submittal Requirements, paragraph 1, the last sentence lists the items not included in the page limit; this list includes resumes. The assumption is the resumes are the core information in the B. Staffing Plan criteria. Please advise if resumes are in fact, not included in the page count.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 16-JUN-2022 10:56 AM
Single page resumes for Key Personnel and support staff will not be included in the page count.

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Submitted: Thursday 16-JUN-2022 11:10 AM
Company: Coral Construction Company
Contact: Kris Karpstein
VI. Bonding Requirement - This section states that the Firm must provide evidence of its ability to be bonded for a single contract in the amount of at least the Bid Price Proposal Amount. It goes onto state that we must provide a letter or a copy of a performance & payment bond in the last 12 months. Since we will not have a Price for the SOQ submittal what is the value of the Bond Amount that proposers need to use for the bond letter?
Answer
Submitted: Friday 17-JUN-2022 09:39 AM
Proof of bonding should be based on a $20 million project cost.

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Submitted: Wednesday 22-JUN-2022 01:38 PM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
If the team proposes extended work hours per day in excess of 40 hours per week, would MDT cover the additional CEI costs or would these costs be required to be covered by the D/B team?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 23-JUN-2022 9:30 am

MDT will authorize work and compensate the CEI Consultant as per the terms and conditions set forth in the CEI Term Contract and Term Assignment executed between MDT and the CEI Consultant. It is anticipated that there will be weeks in which CEI services are needed in excess of 40 hours per week.