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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 98-154


Request for Letters of Interest

[28 Pa.B. 443]

Retention of an Engineering Firm
for Phase III of the
Advanced Travelers Information System (ATIS)
Reference No. 3-101

   The Turnpike Commission (Commission) will retain an engineering firm for design and inspection services for Phase III of the Commission's Advanced Travelers Information System (ATIS) Project located on the entire length of the Pennsylvania Turnpike System.

   The services will encompass design, construction inspection/project management and project evaluation services for expansion of the Commission's Advanced Traveler Information System. This work will include sites for the highway advisory radio system, variable message signs, closed circuit television cameras, installation of weather and traffic sensors, truck rollover system and the remodeling of the Turnpike's Operation Center in Harrisburg to provide a state of the art facility.

   Other improvements to the operation center include development of a Graphical User Interface. This system will allow operators to identify on the map, location of incidents, the number of lanes opened at an interchange, lane closures, and will automatically identify the locations of call box calls and the nature of the call, status of the detectors and cameras, slow moving traffic, weather sensor information and messages on the Travelers Information System components.

   Construction Inspection/Project Management services will be an integral part of this project. It is anticipated that there will be three construction projects. One project will be from the Carlisle Interchange to the east, one project west of Carlisle Interchange to the Ohio border, and the third project will involve system integration of all components and facilities of the operations center in Harrisburg.

   Project Evaluation Services will involve before and after studies to determine the effectiveness of the various systems. This work will also include beneficial cost analysis of the system.

   Phase III of the Integrated Traveler Information System will be a Federally funded project in design and construction.

   Questions concerning this advertisement should be directed to Timothy M. Scanlon, at (717) 939-9551, Ext. 5590.

General Requirements and Information
for Reference No. 3-101

   Firms interested in performing the above services are invited to submit letters of interest (three copies) to Barry L. Troup, P.E., Assistant Chief Engineer, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Administration Building located on Eisenhower Boulevard at the Harrisburg-East Interchange near Highspire, PA (Mailing Address: P. O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676).

   The letters of interest must include in the heading the project reference number indicated in the advertisement. A Standard Form 254, ''Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire,'' not more than 1 year old as of the date of this advertisement, and Standard Form 255, ''Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire for Specific Project,'' must accompany each letter of interest. If the firm has multiple offices, the location of the office performing the work must be identified.

   Firms with out-of-State headquarters or corporations not incorporated in Pennsylvania must include with each letter of interest a copy of their registration to do business in this Commonwealth as provided by the Department of State.

   A single page summary must indicate the latest audited overhead rate developed in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) for the Prime consultant and each subconsultant. If a FAR rate is not available, the latest overhead rate available from a Certified Public Accountant must be presented. New firms should indicate how long the firm has been in existence and when an audited overhead rate would be available.

   The following factors may be considered by the Committee during their evaluation of the firms submitting letters of interest:

   (A)  Specialized experience and technical competence of firm, including the firm's experience with similar type projects and their ability to provide innovative solutions to complex technical problems.

   (B)  Past record of performance with respect to cost control, work quality and ability to meet schedules. The specific experience of individuals who constitute the firms shall be considered.

   (C)  Letters of Interest should include an indication of the prime consultant's and subconsultant's current workload listing all Department of Transportation and Turnpike Commission projects.

   (D)  Location of consultant's office where the work will be performed.

   (E)  Listing of subconsultants intended. Any deviation from the subconsultants listed in the letter of interest will require written approval from the Commission, if selected (Please note DBE/MBE/WBE requirements following).

   (F)  Special requirements of the project.

   (G)  Other factors, if any, specific to the project.

   The Commission is committed to the inclusion of disadvantaged, minority, and woman firms in contracting opportunities. The minimum participation level for DBE/MBE/WBEs in this contract will be 12%. Responding firms shall identify DBE/MBE/WBE firms, expected to participate in this contract, in their letter of interest. If the selected firm does not meet the minimum requirement for DBE/MBE/WBE participation, they will be required to demonstrate good faith efforts to achieve the required level. Proposed DBE/MBE/WBE firms must be certified by the Department of Transportation at the time of the submission of the letter of interest. If further information is desired concerning DBE/MBE/WBE participation, direct inquiries to the Office of Equal Opportunity Development, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission at the above address, or by calling (717) 939-9551 Ext. 4241.

   Three copies of the Letters of Interest and required forms must be received by 12 p.m., Friday, February 6, 1998. Any letters of interest received after this date and time will be time-stamped and returned.

   The assignment of the above services will be made to one of the firms submitting an acceptable letter of interest. The Commission will be shortlisting this project at a public meeting after the evaluation of the acceptable letters of interest. Technical proposals will then be requested from the shortlisted firms. The Commissionreserves the right to reject all letters of interest submitted, to cancel the solicitation requested under this notice and/or to re-advertise solicitation for these services.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-154. Filed for public inspection January 23, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]

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