Volume 41 - Issue 37 - September 15, 2022
State of Kansas
Department of Transportation
Notice to Consulting Firms
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is seeking qualified consulting firms or teams of firms to perform professional services for the FY27 Priority Bridge Replacement Program (PBRP). Summary information for each project included in the program is provided in Table 1 with additional information available in the file entitled “FY27 PBRP.xlsx” which can be found at the location linked below Table 1.
Interested consultants must email a proposal to KDOT.DesignContracts@ks.gov by 12:00 p.m. (CDT) September 28, 2022, to be considered for selection.
Consulting firms interested in providing service on a given project must be prequalified by KDOT in one of each of All the following category bullets:
- 211 Highway Design–Major Facility OR 212 Highway Design–Minor Facility (see “FY27 PBRP.xlsx”) and
- 221 Non-Standard Span Bridge Design OR 222 Standard Span Bridge Design (see “FY27 PBRP.xlsx”) and
- 231 Traffic Control Analysis and Design and
- 301 Land Surveying and
- 302 Engineering Surveying and
- 336 Right of Way Services
In addition, consultants hoping to execute projects which will begin at Discovery Phase must be prequalified in Category 201 Location and Design Concept Studies/Corridor Studies.
If a firm is not currently prequalified by KDOT in a required category, a proposal may still be submitted. Firms not prequalified must also provide documentation that demonstrates the firm is qualified for each specified category listed in this notice for the project. Firms must use the KDOT prequalification form to provide this documentation. KDOT 1050 Pre-Qualification Category Definitions (Blue Book) can be found at http://www.ksdot.org/descons.asp. Consultants may create a team to meet the prequalification requirements. All firms doing business with KDOT must be registered and in good standing under the laws of the State of Kansas at the time of contracting and must comply with applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
Background and Scope of Project
As part of KDOT’s annual preservation program, the agency selects and commences design for the replacement of a number of bridges. Design for some of those bridges is handled in-house; design for other bridges is solicited to consultants. With this single solicitation, KDOT is requesting consulting services for the latter subset of projects which are programmed to be let for construction in FY27.
Table 1 provides basic information for each project included in the FY27 PBRP. Firms can express interest in the projects for which they would like to be considered by submitting responses for each as indicated below. There is no guarantee that a firm which has expressed interest will be selected for any project.
|Table 1: Summary of Project Information|
|Rt-Co||Project #||County||Br #*||Project Letting**||Location||Feature Crossed||Feature Carried|
|68-30||KA-6723-01||Franklin||076||Fall||38.6229, -95.0705||Turkey Creek||K-68 Hwy.|
|70-89||KA-6808-01||Shawnee||039||Late Fall/Early Spring||39.0348, -95.6510||I-70||California Ave.|
|32-105||KA-6812-01||Wyandotte||086||February/March||39.0623, -94.8214||Betts Creek Drainage||K-32 Hwy.|
|185-99||KA-6813-01||Wabaunsee||010||October||39.0654, -96.2420||I-70, NL-SL||RS1013, K-185 Hwy.|
|236-66||KA-6814-01||Nemaha||026||September/October||39.8606, -95.9396||Harris Creek||K-236 Hwy.|
|28-45||KA-6815-01||Jewell||036||Fall||39.6395, -98.0091||Buffalo Creek Drainage||K-28 Hwy.|
|9-69||KA-6818-01||Norton||051||Fall||39.6530, -99.7142||North Fork Soloman Drainage||K-9 Hwy.|
|24-71||KA-6819-01||Osborne||002||Fall||39.4733, -98.9781||South Fork Solomon R Drain||US-24 Hwy.|
|36-74||KA-6820-01||Phillips||004||Fall||39.8028, -99.4730||Deer Creek||US-36 Hwy.|
|36-74||KA-6821-01||Phillips||015||September||39.7637, -99.0790||Kyle Railroad||US-36 Hwy.|
|31-16||KA-6825-01||Coffey||050||Fall||38.3905, -95.5598||Rock Creek Drainage||K-31 Hwy.|
|31-16||Coffey||051||Fall||38.3904, -95.5176||Rock Creek Drainage||K-31 Hwy.|
|5-105||KA-6826-01||Wyandotte||193||September/October||39.1448, -94.6306||Railroad Yard||K-5 Hwy.|
|50-40||KA-6828-01||Harvey||071||Fall||38.0273, -97.3722||Meridan Ave., BNSF Railroad||US-50 Hwy.|
|50-78||KA-6830-01||Reno||003||Fall||37.9851, -98.1900||Sugar Creek||US-50 Hwy.|
|11-78||KA-6831-01||Reno||027||Fall||37.8427, -98.1968||Silver Creek||K-11 Hwy.|
|56-24||KA-6832-01||Edwards||005||Fall||37.9510, -99.3823||Coon Creek||US-56 Hwy.|
|96-68||KA-6834-01||Ness||043||Fall||38.4512, -99.6873||Walnut Creek Drainage||K-96 Hwy.|
|96-68||Ness||039***||Fall||38.4509, -99.7822||Walnut Creek Drainage||K-96 Hwy.|
|235-87||KA-6836-01||Sedgwick||065||Fall||37.6186, -97.3373||UP Railroad||I-235 Hwy. SB|
|235-87||Sedgwick||066||Fall||37.6191, -97.3371||UP Railroad||I-235 Hwy. NB|
|24-14||KA-6839-01||Clay||006||Anytime||39.3809, -97.0709||Lincoln Creek Drainage||US-24 Hwy.|
|24-14||Clay||007||Anytime||39.3806, -97.0623||Lincoln Creek||US-24 Hwy.|
|24-14||Clay||008||Anytime||39.3797, -97.0080||West Branch Mall Creek||US-24 Hwy.|
|24-14||Clay||009||Anytime||39.3794, -96.9725||Mall Creek||US-24 Hwy.|
|24-14||Clay||506||Anytime||39.3795, -96.9882||West Branch Mall Creek Drainage||US-24 Hwy.|
|635-105||KA-6840-01||Wyandotte||034||September/October||39.0659, -94.6796||Douglas Ave.||I-635 Hwy.|
|635-105||Wyandotte||035||September/October||39.0660, -94.6794||Douglas Ave.||I-635 Hwy.|
|36-92||KA-6841-01||Smith||018||July||39.7636, -98.5605||US-281/K-181||US-36 Hwy.|
|70-105||KA-6842-01||Wyandotte||027||Discovery||39.1026, -94.6216||I-70, Railroad Yard, Kansas River||Central Ave.|
|70-105||Wyandotte||289||Discovery||39.1023, -94.6213||Railroad Yard||I-70 EB off RP 4-E|
|70-105||Wyandotte||290||Discovery||39.1028, -94.6213||Railroad Yard||I-70 EB on RP 3-E|
|* For clarity, “BR #” is short hand for “bridge serial number.”|
|** If “Project Letting” field on a project states “Discovery,” it means that KDOT intends to select a consultant to provide Discovery Phase services only (at this time) but could add subsequent phases to the selected consultant’s scope (at KDOT’s discretion). KDOT anticipates these will be significant and more complex discovery efforts.|
|*** For BR/serial #039, the selected consultant shall only provide bridge design services (KDOT will perform highway design for that bridge).|
Additional project information including “FY27 PBRP.xlsx,” bridge inspection reports, and old plans can be accessed at https://bit.ly/FY27-PBRP. Tabulated information shall not be relied upon in design. It is being provided for the convenience of consultants, specifically to aid in their decision making about which projects they are interested in executing.
Anticipated Consultant Scope
The scope of services required will vary for each project and may include Survey Services, Right of Way Services, Discovery Phase Services, Preliminary Design Services, Final Design Services, Environmental Documentation Preparation (Permitting). Initial agreements will be signed for the first required phase of each project. Subsequent phases of any particular project may be added to the selected consultant’s scope via supplemental (at KDOT Secretary’s discretion), are not guaranteed to progress to subsequent phases, and may be resolicited (at KDOT Secretary’s discretion).
Depending on the project, KDOT anticipates some variation of the following will be included in the selected consultant’s scope: land and engineering survey to support right of way development, bridge type selection, bridge design, road design, traffic engineering, hydrology/hydraulics, designer construction services, and permitting assistance for some projects. Current expectations for consultant scope and what will be provided by KDOT are detailed below. The scope included herein may not be all-inclusive and is subject to change. A scoping meeting will take place for each project after consultant selection is made.
- Develop and communicate Project Management Plan and Quality Assurance Plan.
- Perform quality control checks according to Quality Assurance Plan.
- Provide electronic plan files compliant with KDOT Graphic Standards Manual, including CAD conformance checks and ControlCAD indexed DGN files with ProjectWise attributes.
- Provide bi-annual construction cost estimates and at major project milestones.
- Discovery Phase (for projects listed as beginning at that phase).
- Develop plans to Materials and Research.
- Building of the existing right of way.
- Develop Preliminary Plans to Field Check.
- Perform roadway geometric design, drainage design, and roadside safety analysis. Note that, in most cases:
- The existing horizontal and vertical alignments will be utilized for the proposed condition in most cases.
- Retaining the existing typical section of the roadway will be a priority so that no new right of way (including temporary easements) will need to be acquired.
- Visit the project site location.
Survey and Right of Way
- Provide a full survey including structures in the existing right of way. The deliverables shall incorporate the full project including the roadway and bridge surveys and will be provided in the Kansas Regional Coordinate System.
- Establish and determine impacts to right of way and utilities.
- Based upon consultant’s field survey data and historical KDOT project information, consultant shall establish and compile into a right of way strip map the positions and locations of the existing highway right of way and property lines for the ownership adjacent thereto. Consultant shall perform these activities using coordinate geometry and Bentley Open Site Designer.
- Visit the project site location.
- For some projects, the consultant will propose and evaluate different (e.g.: skewed) framing layouts for review and acceptance by the KDOT Bridge Office. Focus shall be to minimize disruption to the site and facilitate efficient construction to minimize closures.
- In most cases, the proposed structure will need to match the existing structure’s geometry (vertical, horizontal, and cross-slope). The proposed structure will need to preserve existing vertical clearance windows for feature(s) crossed.
- Bridge hydraulics for stream crossings.
- Develop Preliminary Plans to Field Check for the replacement.
- Development of Traffic Management Plan, including coordination with the local government and KDOT office.
- Develop permanent signing and pavement marking plans.
- Develop Traffic Control Plans.
- Traffic Modeling may be required for projects which begin at Discovery Phase but likely will be performed by KDOT for projects not listed as such. See below for how Traffic Forecasting will likely be handled.
Activities to be performed by KDOT include:
- Traffic forecasting data will be provided by KDOT.
- Environmental Services, including lead paint testing and permit application.
- Note: Technical data to support these activities will be required from the consultant immediately after field check.
- Permits will include NPDES – Storm Water Runoff Permit in which KDOT will require from consultant:
- Total project site area in acres.
- Total disturbed area in acres (from Seeding Plans).
- Impervious area in square feet (existing and proposed).
- Above information needs to be provided by consultant (90) days prior to letting.
- Utility coordination, if required.
- Geology and geotechnical services including soil investigations, bridge foundation geology, pavement field investigation and design, and surfacing recommendations.
Anticipated Schedule and Key Dates
- Proposals are due by or before 12:00 p.m. (CDT) September 28, 2022
- Ranking of proposals is expected to occur on or around October 28, 2022. Negotiations with the most highly ranked firm are expected to begin on or around November 4, 2022. An executed agreement is anticipated around December 14, 2022.
- The program fiscal year for this project is FY27 July 2026–June 2027.
These projects must be let in Fiscal Year 2027; therefore the design activities must be scheduled to deliver complete plans between July 2026 and December 2026. Approximate letting timeframes are provided in the table above. These projects may follow an accelerated delivery schedule with some submittals required earlier than a typical KDOT design project to meet the letting requirements.
Note: If the table indicates letting may happen “Anytime”, it shall be understood that KDOT anticipates no construction will occur during the winter months on these projects.
All dates are subject to change.
Instructions for Proposal
- No cost or pricing information shall be submitted with the proposal. Proposals including cost or pricing information will be considered non-responsive and withdrawn from further consideration.
- The consultant’s proposal must not exceed the page limit laid out in Table 2 below (including any cover letter, index, etc.). All pages shall be standard letter size (8.5” x 11”). Any page larger than standard letter size will be counted as two or more pages, depending on size.
- A single PDF (5MB maximum size) of the proposal including all attachments must be emailed to KDOT.DesignContracts@ks.gov by the proposal due date and time.
- The subject line of the email and the PDF file name must read:
- “KDOT FY27 Priority BR Rplcmt_FIRM NAME”
- The proposal must be accompanied by Special Attachments No. 8 (“Tax Clearance Certificate”) and No. 10 (“Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment”). If you need a Tax Clearance Certificate, you can request one at https://www.ksrevenue.gov/taxclearance.html. Allow 2-3 business days for processing. Both attachments are required for every firm involved in a multi-consultant team.
- The outline in Table 2 below describes the expected proposal organization, content sections, and limits on number of pages.
- Each team is limited to a single, one-page cover letter and a single page of general qualifications (“Past Performance” section plus “Familiarity with KDOT and Project Area” section) regardless of the number of projects in which they are expressing interest.
- Consultants may indicate interest in any and all projects and indicate preference(s) for up to three projects and shall do so on the “FY27 Priority Bridge Replacement Program Interest and Preference Form” (available at https://bit.ly/FY27-PBRP.
- Thereafter, each team is limited to two pages per project in which they are expressing interest. In these pages, consultants shall:
- Describe the approach they plan to execute to deliver success on the project.
- Present the relevant qualifications and experience of the people they are proposing will provide the services.
- Table 3 lists the evaluation criteria and associated weights which will be used by KDOT when making selections.
|Table 2: Proposal Content|
|Section||Description of Intent||Page Limit|
|Cover Letter||1 page|
|Past Performance||Describe team’s past performance with respect to ability to meet project schedules; quality of work; and ability to control costs on similar transportation projects, especially those performed for KDOT. Include three references and contact information.||1 Page|
|Familiarity with KDOT and Project Area||Describe team’s familiarity with KDOT’s design process and standards. Describe familiarity with the project area and any special conditions.|
|Consultant Project Interest and Preference||Fill out “FY27 Priority Bridge Replacement Program Interest and Preference Form” and submit with your proposal.||1 Page|
|Project Approach||Demonstrate a unique approach to accomplish the design efficiently and to a high standard. Include cost-effective and optimized solutions to address the anticipated improvements in the design and your plan for addressing any anticipated project constraints. Include unique qualifications or experience related to the project approach.||2 Pages
(PER PROJECT IN WHICH TEAM IS INTERESTED)
|Approach to Schedule||Describe the approach to accomplish the scope of services within the schedule requirements. Include anticipated key milestone dates and availability of staff.|
|Approach to Quality Control||Describe methods or procedures your firm will use to provide all drawings, reports and other services with professional quality and technical accuracy.|
|Qualifications and Experience||For key personnel to be assigned to the project provide names, office location, qualifications, education, training, and expertise. Identify their area(s) of responsibility and percent of their time dedicated to the project. List work for which you do not have in-house capability and name the firm with which you propose to subcontract.|
|Table 3: Evaluation Factors|
|Qualifications and experience of project manager and other key project team members proposed for services||25%|
|Understanding of project constraints and technical approach||25%|
|Approach and commitment to meet advertised schedule||15%|
|Past performance history for similar projects/services for KDOT||20%|
|Understanding of the project area||15%|
Contract Terms and Conditions
KDOT anticipates that each project will be contracted separately. A standard KDOT agreement for engineering and technical services will be used for professional services projects. The following special attachments will need to be provided by the selected consultant and all subconsultants with the signed work order following negotiations and will become attachments to the contract.
- Special Attachment No. 8 (“Tax Clearance Certificate”)
- Special Attachment No. 10 (“Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment”)
All questions regarding this Request for Proposals shall be emailed to KDOT.DesignContracts@ks.gov.
Questions can be submitted until September 15, 2022; answers will be provided to all prequalified consultants on September 21, 2022.
Marcia Turner, P.E., Contracts Manager
Division of Engineering and Design
Doc. No. 050501