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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-341


Retention of an Engineering Firm

[29 Pa.B. 1189]

Full Depth Roadway Reconstruction
Lawrence and Beaver Counties, Pennsylvania

Reference No. 1-113

   The Turnpike Commission (Commission) will retain an engineering firm for the design of the Full Depth Roadway Reconstruction Project between approximate Mileposts 0.00 and 10.00 in Lawrence and Beaver Counties. The selected firm will be responsible for the pre-final and final design of this project.

   The engineering services required would include supplemental field surveys, cross sections, evaluation of utility conflicts and potential relocations, development of erosion and sedimentation control plans and specifications, preparation of hydraulic reports for waterway approvals, preliminary and final traffic control plans, structural foundation reports, preparation of Type Size and Location and final bridge plans, preparation of preliminary and final right-of-way plans, geotechnical investigations, preparation of preliminary and final construction plans and specifications in order for the Commission to bid the total reconstruction of the roadway generally between Milepost 0.00 and 10.00. The intent is to rebuild the roadway and widen the existing 10-foot median to a width that will be based on preliminary evaluations. It is anticipated that all of the mainline structures will require widening and that all overhead structures within the project area will be evaluated for replacement or elimination. We will consider either rubbilizing the existing concrete roadway and overlay with bituminous material, or removing the existing pavement and replace with full-depth bituminous. An entirely new drainage system will be installed.

   In addition, low-level photography will be available in this area to an accuracy of + .05 feet. Hard copies of the mapping and a disk will be provided to the consultant for their use. A digital terrain model in AutoCADD DWG format will also be provided. The consultant will be required to perform supplemental surveys and reestablish the existing centerline of the Turnpike. Also, cross sections will be cut and plotted from the available information. The design for this project will be performed in Metric Units. All plans (drawings), including cross-sections, profiles, and the like will be prepared utilizing AutoCADD DWG format. Translation of the plans into AutoCADD DWG format is not acceptable.

   Direct inquiries to Michael D. Shaak, P.E., at 939-9551, Ext. 5380; or by e-mail at

General Requirements and Information
For Ref. No. 1-113

   Firms interested in performing the above services are invited to submit Expanded Letters of Interest to Barry L. Troup, P.E., Assistant Chief Engineer for Design, at the PA Turnpike Commission Administration Building located on Eisenhower Boulevard at the Harrisburg-East Interchange (No. 19). (FedEx address: Route 283 and Eisenhower Boulevard, Highspire, PA 17034) (Mailing Address: P. O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676).

   The expanded letters of interest must include the following for both the prime and all subconsultants: the project reference number on the cover, a Standard Form 254, ''Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire,'' not more than 1 year old as of the date of this advertisement, resumes of key personnel expected to be involved in the project (limit to one 8-1/2 x 11 page, one side, per person), an organizational chart, and explanation that the firm has successfully completed similar type projects of the same magnitude. If the firm has multiple offices, the location of the office performing the work must be identified.

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

   The Commission currently limits its participation in the remuneration of principals or consultant employes performing work on projects to $72,800 per annum or $35 per hour or their actual audited remuneration, whichever is less. The maximum indirect payroll costs (overhead) will be in accordance with the Commission's current policy at the time of negotiations.

   The Consultant in their submission should identify the following factors:

   (A)  Specialized experience and technical competence of firm. The firm must clearly demonstrate their capabilities of completing this project by identifying similar projects that have been completed, the magnitude of the project and the client.

   (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)  Expanded letters of interest must include an indication of the prime consultant's and subconsultant's current workload for all Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania 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 expanded letter of interest will require written approval from the Commission.

   (F)  An organization chart for the project, identifying key personnel. Only resumes of key personnel should be included.

   (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 10%. Responding firms shall clearly identify DBE/MBE/WBE firms, expected to participate in this contract, in their Expanded 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 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at the time of the submission of the Expanded Letter of Interest. If further information is desired concerning DBE/MBE/WBE participation, direct inquiries to the Office of Equal Opportunity Development, Turnpike Commission at the previous address, or by calling (717) 939-9551, Ext. 4241.

   Each firm should demonstrate in their expanded letter of interest their ability to perform the specific requirements indicated for this project by including a maximum three page report on this project.

   The expanded letter of interest and required forms must be received by 12 p.m. (noon), Friday, March 19, 1999. Any letters of interest received after this date and time will be time-stamped and returned.

   Based on an evaluation of acceptable expanded letters of interest received in response to this solicitation, one firm will be selected for this project. The order of preference will be established for the purpose of negotiating an agreement with the highest ranked firm established by the Technical Review Committee and approved by the Selection Committee. Technical Proposals or Requests for Proposals will not be requested prior to selection.

   The Commission reserves the right to reject all expanded letters of interest, to cancel solicitation requested under this notice, and/or to readvertise solicitation for these services.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-341. Filed for public inspection February 26, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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