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Bid Letting Dates:

February 20, 2020

February 27, 2020

March 6, 2020

June 11, 2020

NH 37-1(42)39 Lame Deer - West will not be advertised on Feb. 13, 2020 as previously planned. This project will be moved to the March 26, 2020 Letting and will Advertise on Feb. 27, 2020.
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REQUEST FOR INFORMATION - Bozeman Rest Area
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STPB 8113(9) Higgins Ave Bridge Rehab – Missoula: MDT intends to re-advertise in the spring of 2020 with the following tentative dates:

1.  Advertisement - March 26, 2020; Letting Date - April 23, 2020; Construction - Fall 2020
2.  Pre-bid Meeting: February 20, 10:00 A.M. at the Missoula District Construction Conference Room. The meeting is not mandatory, and minutes will be posted on the Question & Answer Forum.
3.  Preliminary Plans and Specifications: Available March 3, 2020. The Special Provisions will be revised based on discussions with stakeholders and the Pre-bid meeting. Changes to the plans are not anticipated at this time.
Questions/Comments may be directed to John Schmidt, the Missoula District Construction Engineer

 Phone: 406-751-2020
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MCA, FHWA, and MDT met October 21st and 22nd for a Partnering Training Workshop. This two day workshop was led by Jacques and Associates from Utah who has been working with multiple organizations for 25 years helping to improve their projects through the Partnering process. The participants were excited to work together to create a plan to implement Partnering in Montana. Click Here for more information.  To register, Click Here .


401 - BOZEMAN REST AREA - February 20, 2020

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201 - CONDON - N & S - February 27, 2020

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Addendums

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Submitted: 21-FEB-20 09:14 AM 
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: Friday 21-JAN-2020 02:11 PM
Special Provision No. 32 - Recycling and Disposal of Cold Millings, B.2) 2nd sentence beginning with “The maximum size…” is hereby replaced with “85% of the salvaged cold millings (that are not used as RAP) must be 3 inches or less.”


Questions

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Submitted: Tuesday   04-FEB-2020 04:45 PM
Company: Knife River
Contact: Kurtis Paulson
Will the Department consider a Flex-Time contract with a Notice to Proceed date of June 22, 2020? I believe the advertised Notice to Proceed date of April 27, 2020 is too soon to establish a gravel pit and may dissuade some contractors from bidding the project.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday   13-FEB-2020  11:02 AM
Special Provision No. 2 - Contract Time is hereby replaced with the Contract Time - Completion Date special shown below.  An addendum will be issued for Contractors to acknowledge this revision.               
 
CONTRACT TIME - COMPLETION DATE [108]
This contract is a completion date contract.  The work begins on the effective date stated in the Notice to Proceed (NTP) and all work is to be completed no later than October 16, 2020. 
Unusually severe weather is not considered as a delay cause. No work will be allowed on holidays as defined by table 108-3.
The NTP will be issued with an effective date of April 27, 2020.

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Submitted: Monday    10-FEB-2020 10:39 AM
Company: Schellinger Construction Company
Contact: Bob
The plan per the "Recycle and Disposal of Cold Millings" Special Provision states that 9,500 cubic yards (over 18,000 tons) of cold millings are scheduled to go to Missoula County at Seeley Lake & Placid Lake as part of this contract. The disposal location at Seeley is over 17 miles from the very far south end of the milling section and the Placid Lake location is 21.4 miles from the far south end. This plan to "donate" the millings to Missoula County will add tens of thousands of $'s to the cost of the project and add hundreds of hours of trucking to the project, which drastically affects safety, scheduling and logistics. Since this significant additional cost raises the cost of the project and shrinks the $ available for other contracts, will MDT consider changing the cold millings to "Contractor Disposal" so a far more cost-effective plan can be developed? Perhaps a deal can be made to allow Missoula County to use the huge pile of leftover millings stockpiled from the previous MDT job in the area.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 20-FEB-20 08:55 AM
Haul and windrow as directed in the Special Provision.

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Submitted: Thursday  20-FEB-2020 10:43 AM
Company: Knife River
Contact: Kurtis Paulson
Special Provision 32 "Recycling and Disposal of Cold Millings" states where to start windrowing the millings for Missoula County. Please provide a placement rate or an end point so the Contractor can determine the total length of haul.

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Submitted: Thursday  20-FEB-2020 10:46 AM
Company: Knife River
Contact: Kurtis Paulson
The Void Reducing Asphalt Membrane is an experimental feature, and as such, Special Provision 20 "Longitudinal Joint Compaction" should be removed from the contract.

202 - JCT MT 16-NORTHWEST (S-254) - February 27, 2020

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203 - MONARCH HILL-RICEVILLE - February 27, 2020

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Submitted: Thursday  20-FEB-2020 09:48 AM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Cale
With only 25 working days on this contract will MDT change the NTP to after July 4 with a Flex option? This would still allow for project completion this season and allow more time to get required permits and mix designs approved.

204 - HAVRE - WEST - February 27, 2020

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Submitted: Tuesday   04-FEB-2020 07:34 AM  
Company: Prince, Inc.  
Contact: Mike Sharp  
Would MDT consider flexing the NTP date for this project to 7/6/20? The early NTP date makes the logistics of constructing this project successfully difficult at best.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday   13-FEB-2020 04:03 PM
The Notice to Proceed is hereby changed to a Flexible Notice to Proceed  date of 7/6/2020.  Special Provision #2, Contract Time is hereby replaced with the following:

CONTRACT TIME – FLEX TIME PROCEED DATE [108] (REVISED 1-21-16)
A.  General.  This provision modifies Subsection 108.02 of the Specifications.
B.   Notice to Proceed.  The notice to proceed will be issued with an effective date of July 6, 2020.  The Contractor may change the notice to proceed date to an earlier date if written notification is received at least ten calendar days in advance of the date selected and the selected date is approved by the Project Manager.  Include an updated schedule with the notification.
C.  Contract Time.  Contract time assessment will begin on the notice to proceed date issued by the Department or as changed by the Contractor, whichever is earlier.  Work is to be completed in 25 working days.

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Submitted: Monday    10-FEB-2020 12:06 PM
Company: Western Systems
Contact: Tammy
Are any additional details available for the (3) LED Open/Closed changeable Message Signs? Per the sign schedule it appears they are different sizes based on location; therefore, our sign manufacturer is requesting clarification on overall sign size and letter height.
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday   12-FEB-2020   2:02 PM
The 3 LED (open/closed) Signs are 16.91" x 68.66" with 10" lettering.

205 - 1ST AVE - LAUREL - February 27, 2020

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Submitted: Monday 03-FEB-2020 10:36 AM
Special Provision  # 26 Traffic Control Plastic Drums is here by replaces with the attached Special Provision
TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES – PLASTIC DRUMS.


Questions

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Submitted: Wednesday 19-FEB-2020 10:01 AM
Company: KRC
Contact: Shane
The bid item Traffic Control Devices CB is at 40,000 units. Is the 40,000 supposed to be the actual fixed bid price for this item, or can the contractor put all of our actual traffic control costs in this item and go over the 40,000.

206 - SF 179 EUCLID AVE PED IMPRV - February 27, 2020

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301 - BUTTE DISTRICT ADA UPGRADES - March 6, 2020

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Submitted: Wednesay 08-NOV-2019 10:50 AM
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is soliciting construction and design services for the design-build project identified below. Contractor and consultant teams (Firms) are encouraged to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) response electronically to the email address in the RFQ or in hard copy to the Montana Department of Transportation – Engineering Division, Contract Plans Bureau, Room 101, 2701 Prospect, Helena, Montana by 11:00 a.m., local time on December 6, 2019
Butte District ADA Upgrades
CMDO STWD(712)

This project includes design and construction of ADA compliant sidewalk, ramps, and approaches along the following routes:

- In Whitehall, the intersection upgrades are located along Legion Avenue (P-69/N-55) beginning at Bowman Lane proceeding east past the A Street intersection; and Whitehall Street (N-55) beginning at 1ST Street and proceed north to the I-90 On-Off Ramp in Jefferson County.

- In Manhattan beginning at the intersection of S Broadway Street (S-288) and Wooden Shoe Lane and going in a northerly direction along Broadway to Railroad Ave, turn right and proceed east to Fifth Street, turn left and proceed north on Fifth/Dry Creek to Bridger Ridge Run. On Main Street (S-205) starting at Second and proceed southeast to Eighth Street in Gallatin County.

- In Townsend beginning at the intersection of Front Street (N-8/US 287) and 7th and heading southeasterly on Front Street to E Street. And beginning at the intersection of Broadway (P-14) and Pine Street travel northeasterly along Broadway (P-14) to Harrison in Broadwater County.

Not all intersections along the described routes are automatically included in this project. Reference maps and an inventory spreadsheet with estimated sidewalk, curb and gutter, and number and locations for ADA/PROWAG ramps and alleys are included in Attachment B herein.
The project RFQ is at the following link: RFQ

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Submitted: Tuesday 26-NOV-2019  04:50 PM
The previously posted Notification is hereby revised as follows:
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is soliciting construction and design services for the design-build project identified below. Contractor and consultant teams (Firms) are encouraged to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) response electronically to the email address in the RFQ or in hard copy to the Montana Department of Transportation – Engineering Division, Contract Plans Bureau, Room 101, 2701 Prospect, Helena, Montana by 11:00 a.m., local time on December 6, 2019  December 3, 2019.

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Submitted: Monday  23-DEC-2019  12:15 PM
SOQ RANKED SHORT LIST
1 – FirstMark Construction/DOWL
2 – Helena Sand & Gravel/White Resources Group, Inc./Stahly Engineering & Associates, Inc.

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Submitted:Monday  30-DEC-2019   11:22 AM
The Request for Proposal and attachments can be found at the following link: RFP

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Submitted: Tuesday 07-JAN_2020 01:56 PM
The files linked below represent the R/W Plans for the subject project.  MDT provides them for informational purposes only. They may not completely represent current conditions.  Thus, some of the information contained in these documents may be out of date or not applicable with regard to the advertised project.  The contractor should not rely solely on the R/W drawings provided for bidding purposes nor does any data in these files supersede the data in the contract documents. ROW PLANS


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Clarifications

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Submitted:Monday   30-DEC-2019  11:16 AM
Please note – the start time for the Pre-Proposal Meeting for the Butte District ADA Upgrades project  has been changed from 1:00 p.m. on January 6, 2020 to 3:00 p.m.  The location will remain the same – 2nd Floor East and West Conference Rooms.

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The linked information below is provided as informational only regarding the investigation of the underground vault investigation along Legion Avenue in Whitehall, Montana.  The subsurface vault investigation summary is attached in the link below:

Note:  There are no additional reports available.  GEOLEX

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Submitted: Monday   13-JAN-2020   11:21 AM
The General Wage Decision found as Attachment G of the Bid Price Proposal is hereby replaced with the attached version. The U.S. Department of Labor issued the revised WageDecision on January 3, 2020. The effective date and revisions to the first paragraph are the only changes. There were no changes to actual wage rates or zone pay distances/locations.
GENERAL WAGE DECISION

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Submitted: Tuesday   21-JAN-2020  7:45 AM
Linked is the Certified Payroll Compliance Electronic Payroll Submission special provision that describes the certified payroll requirements for this project.

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Submitted: Tuesday   21-JAN-2020  7:47 AM
The January 2019 MDT Non-Discrimination and Disability Accommodation Notice has been revised for January 2020 and is available at the following link:  Non-Discrimination and Disability Accommodation Notice

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Submitted: Friday  14-FEB-2020  6:14 AM
Please see Special Provision 102-7a regarding Zone Pay for Butte District ADA Upgrades.

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Submitted: Friday   14-FEB-2020  1:46 PM
Through September 30, 2022, MDT’s agency-wide FHWA approved DBE race-neutral goal is 6.5%.


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Submitted: Wednesday 13-NOV-2019 03:06 PM 
Company: Stahly Engineering 
Contact: Byron Stahly  
It appears Attachment B, scope of work, only contains information for Manhattan.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday    14-NOV-2019  9:07 AM
Attached is the correct
Attachment B - Scope of Work.

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Submitted: Tuesday   03-DEC-2019 12:44 PM  
Company: DOWL  
Contact: Doug Fischer  
Weather conditions can be unpredictable during the December/January timeframe that the Technical Proposals will be composed. We would like to make sure that our surveyors can collect accurate data for the plan sheets that will accompany the technical proposal. Would MDT please consider providing the locations of the intersections listed in the Request for Proposal, if applicable, that the teams will be required to design for the Technical Proposal?
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday  03-DEC-2019 01:54 PM

The future Request For Proposal will require the Firm's to provide the detailed design in their Technical Proposal of the intersection ramps and incidental construction at the following intersection:  Town of Whitehall - Division Street and Legion Avenue.

302 - KBP - FOYS LAKE ROAD INTERCHANGE - June 11, 2020

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Submitted: Wednesday 29-JAN-2020 04:40 PM
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 to the email addresses provided in the RFQ.  Responses are due to the Montana Department of Transportation – Engineering Division, Engineering Construction Contracting Bureau, Room 101, 2701 Prospect, Helena, Montana by 11:00 a.m., local time on February 14, 2020.  Design-Build Firms interested in proposing on the project are invited to attend a public Open House on Thursday, January 30, 2020.  Additional meeting information can be found at the project webpage:
KALISPELL BYPASS.

Project Name:  KBP – Foys Lake Rd Interchange

Project No.:      NH 15(132)

Control No.:     2038022

Contract No.:   DB620

 

This project includes design and construction of a new grade separated interchange at the Foys Lake Road and US 93 Alternate (Kalispell Bypass) intersection and widening approximately 1.9 miles of the Kalispell Bypass from the existing two-lane roadway to the “full-build” four-lane facility.  The project scope also includes providing bioengineered streambank stabilization along the southerly bank of Ashley Creek, immediately upstream of the US 93 Alternate bridge crossing, between the intersections of Foys Lake Road and US Highway 2.  The Kalispell Bypass is designated as a Principal Arterial, Non-Interstate.  The project limits begin north of the Airport Road intersection at RP 1.7 (Station 30+00 on Project No. ARRA 15(91)) and extends to RP 3.6 (Station 58+35.17 on Project No. ARRA 15(92)).
 

 The project RFQ and attachments can be found at the following link: 2038022 RFQ

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Submitted: Wednesday 19-FEB-2020 02:58 PM
Short-listed Design-Build Firms will be invited to attend a public listening session regarding the KBP – Foys Lake Road Interchange project in Kalispell on March 10, 2020 from 10 am to noon.  Please check the project webpage for additional meeting details as they become available.


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Clarifications

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Submitted: Thursday 30-JAN-2020 02:47 PM
 ATTACHMENT A: SOQ Evaluation Criteria has been corrected and a the new version is now available.


Questions

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Submitted: Thursday  30-JAN-2020 02:46 PM
Company: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Contact: Lindsey Wollen
RFQ submittal requirements state that the SOQ is not to exceed thirty 8 ½” by 11”pages. Will MDT allow 11x17 pages to be used to present graphics such as the required organization chart, and when used to submit graphics, will the 11x17 count as 1 page?
Answer
Submitted: Friday 31-JAN-2020 01:31 PM

Statement of Qualifications submittals should be formatted to print on 8 1/2" x 11" pages.  If pages that measure 11" x 17" are included in the SOQ submittal, they will count as two pages.

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Submitted: Thursday  30-JAN-2020 02:47 PM
Company: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Contact: Lindsey Wollen
Request for Qualifications document Criteria 2 Staffing and Coordination Plan instruction include the following: “Describe the proposed coordination plan. Credit will be given to Firms proposing well-developed coordination plans that define communication procedures between members of the Firm’s team, MDT, and other relevant stakeholders.” Attachment A SOQ Evaluation Criteria does not provide any mention or evaluation instructions for the proposed coordination plan. Please provide more details of the requirements and evaluation of the coordination plan.
Answer
Submitted: Friday 31-JAN-2020 08:21 AM
See the corrected Attachment A for clarification.

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Submitted: Thursday  30-JAN-2020 02:48 PM
Company: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Contact: Lindsey Wollen
Will MDT consider a 1 week extension for the SOQ Response Due Date, with a new due date of February 21, 2020? This will allow time to fully address MDT responses and requirements related to scoring, and provide a well detailed response to Criteria 2 Coordination Plan and Criteria 5 Approach and Understanding.
Answer
Submitted: Friday 31-JAN-2020 01:34 PM

Statement of Qualifications submittals are due by 11:00 a.m., local time on February 14, 2020.

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Submitted: Thursday  30-JAN-2020 03:46 PM
Company: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Contact: Lindsey Wollen
Attachment A SOQ Evaluation Criteria provides a description and scoring weight for Evaluation Criterion No 5 to “Provide the Firms approach to and understanding of the project” However, the Request for Qualifications does not address Criterion 5 in SOQ Submittal Requirements. Please confirm that Criterion 5 is required in the SOQ submittal and confirm/clarify in instructions that the section is 5 pages of the total 30 page submittal.
Answer
Submitted: Friday 31-JAN-2020 08:23 AM
See the corrected Attachment A for clarification.

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Submitted: Thursday  30-JAN-2020 03:47 PM
Company: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Contact: Lindsey Wollen
Request for Qualifications document states that Criterion 4 Other Experience Scoring weight = 200 points whereas Attachment A SOQ Evaluation Criteria states Criterion 5 Scoring weight = 250 points. Please clarify.
Answer
Submitted: Friday 31-JAN-2020 09:23 AM
See the corrected Attachment A for clarification.

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Submitted: Thursday  30-JAN-2020 03:47 PM
Company: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Contact: Lindsey Wollen
Request for Qualifications document states that Criterion 3 Design-Build Experience Scoring weight = 300 points whereas Attachment A SOQ Evaluation Criteria states Criterion 3 Scoring weight = 150 points. Please clarify.
Answer
Submitted: Friday 31-JAN-20 08:31 AM

See the corrected Attachment A for clarification.

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Submitted: Thursday  30-JAN-2020 03:47 PM
Company: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Contact: Lindsey Wollen
Request for Qualifications document states that Criterion 2 Staffing and Coordination Plan has Maximum Pages = 20 and Scoring weight = 450 point. Attachment A SOQ Evaluation Criteria states that Criterion 2 has Maximum Pages = 15 and Scoring weight = 350 points. Please confirm that Criterion 2 is Maximum of 15 pages od the total page count of 30 for the SOQ document and please clarify scoring weight.
Answer
Submitted: Friday 31-JAN-2020 08:25 AM
See the corrected Attachment A for clarification.

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Submitted: Monday    03-FEB-2020 03:13 PM
Company: Schellinger Construction Company, Inc.
Contact: Mark Cyr
Regarding INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS, do all members of the design team have to provide evidence of Professional Liability Insurance in the SOQ, or just the primary Design Professional firm?
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 04-FEB-2020 11:56 AM
MDT requires that only the primary design firm provide evidence of Professional Liability Insurance.

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Submitted: Tuesday   04-FEB-2020 09:04 AM
Company: Graham Contracting Ltd.
Contact: Thrall Hershberger
The SOQ Staffing and Coordination Plan requires an Environmental Manager as one of the key personnel for the project. Please clarify if the position of Environmental Manager is required for onsite environmental coordination and compliance during the construction or for Project design and permitting.
Answer
Submitted: 04-FEB-2020 04:35 PM
The Environmental Manager is responsible for ensuring compliance with all environmental commitments, regulations, and permitting requirements through both the design and construction phases of the project.

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Submitted: Tuesday   04-FEB-2020 09:12 AM
Company: Graham Contracting Ltd.
Contact: Thrall Hershberger
The Staffing and Coordination Plan in the RFQ requires a Construction Phasing/ Workzone Safety & Mobility Planner as a key personnel position on the project. Please clarify MDT's expectation for the function or duties associated with this position.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 04-FEB-2020 04:04 PM
The Construction Phasing / Work Zone Safety & Mobility Planner is the Firm's subject matter expert designated to manage and coordinate traffic control planning and phasing to ensure the safety of both the workers and traveling public.  This individual will provide input on and ensure MDT’s work zone safety and mobility process, procedures, and goals are executed through both the design and construction phases of the project.

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Submitted: Thursday  06-FEB-2020 03:17 PM
Company: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Contact: Lindsey Wollen
In section 2 of the RFQ, it states to “Provide a summary (in the format of one-page resumes) of the project duties and qualifications of the assigned key personnel and other critical support staff.” Typically one page resumes are not required for value added, non-critical project personnel, please confirm if one page resumes are required for personnel other than key personnel.
Answer
Submitted: Friday   07-FEB-2020   1:41 PM
Proposing Firms are required to provide resumes for key personnel identified in the RFQ.  Firms have the option to provide resume information for additional personnel, as deemed helpful by the proposer.

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Submitted: Friday    07-FEB-2020 02:33 PM  
Company: LHC Team  
Contact: Jeff Wilson  
Please clarify under the Insurance Requirements that the Professional Liability E&O insurance is not required to be project specific, but if a project specific E&O policy is obtained, it is required only for this project.
Answer
Submitted: Monday   10-FEB-2020   10:57 AM
The Insurance Requirements for this project are revised as follows:
The Firm contracting with MDT, or the Design Professional members of the Firm’s team, must provide evidence in the SOQ of their ability to obtain Professional Liability Insurance covering errors and omissions in the amount of $1,000,000.00. Evidence will be in the form of a signed certificate of insurance from an insurer, or a Montana Resident Agent for an insurer, indicating ability to provide such insurance. The insurer must be licensed to do business in the State of Montana.