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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 96-1593


Retention of Engineering Firms

[26 Pa.B. 4580]

Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union Counties
Reference No. 03096AG0001

   Various municipalities in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, Engineering District 3-0, will retain engineering firms to prepare studies and plans for the replacement of municipality owned bridges most of which are contained on the Billion Dollar Bridge Program. The proposed work is located throughout the nine counties of the Department of Transportation, Engineering District 3-0. These counties are Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union. The bridges to be replaced range in size from 15 foot spans to 150 foot spans, and the construction costs range from $100 thousand to $2.0 million.

   The firms selected will be required to conduct preliminary and final design to include environmental studies; development of a preliminary alignment and accompanying data for Step 9; final alignment; type, size and location drawings; drainage design; hydrologic and hydraulic report; the Department of Environmental Protection waterway permits, bridge foundation report, and soil borings; right-of-way plans, erosion control plans with narrative; maintenance and protection of traffic plans; structure drawings; pavement design; and construction plans, specifications and estimates. A conventional field survey will be required.

   Upon completion of final design phase, the firm may be required to perform shop drawing review, alternate design review, construction inspection and general engineering services during construction.

   Technical questions concerning the requirements for this project should be directed to Leon J. Liggitt, District 3-0, at (717) 368-4390.

   Questions concerning the submittal of the letter of interest can be directed to the Consultant Agreement Division at (717) 783-9309.

General Requirements and Information

   Firms interested in performing any of the above services are invited to submit letters (two copies) of interest to: Paul E. Heise, P.E., District Engineer, Department of Transportation, Engineering District 3-0, 715 Jordan Avenue, Montoursville, PA 17754-0218.

   Firms will be selected for an individual project or a group of projects. Interested firms should indicate the counties, type of projects and size of projects in which they are interested. Letters of interest will be kept on record for use by municipalities selecting consultants for a period of 2 years from the date of this advertisement. There is no Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) requirement for this advertisement, but DBE participation may be required on the individual project.

   Responses are encouraged by small engineering firms, disadvantaged business enterprise engineering firms and other engineering firms who have not previously performed work for the Department of Transportation.

   Each letter of interest must include in the heading, the firm's Federal Identification Number and the Project Reference Number (1996-98 Local Billion Dollar Bridge). A Standard Form, 254, ''Architect-Engineering and Related Services Questionnaire,'' not more than 1 year old as of the date of this advertisement must be submitted for the firm, each party to a joint venture and for performance of professional services regardless of whether the subconsultant is an individual, a college professor or a company. Standard Form 255, ''Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire for Specific Project,'' and two copies of Form D-427 ''Current Workload'' must also be included. D-427 forms are available upon request at the above address.

   The Standard Form 255 must be filled out in its entirety including Item No. 6 listing the proposed subconsultants and the type of work or service they will perform on the project.

   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 the Commonwealth as provided by the Department of State.

   The Department 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 Department currently limits its participation in the consultant's indirect payroll costs (overhead) on design and miscellaneous projects to 130% of the direct payroll cost or the consultant's actual audited overhead rate, whichever is less. The Department currently limits its participation in the consultant's indirect payroll costs (overhead) on construction inspection projects to 85.2% of the direct payroll cost or the consultant's actual audited overhead rate, whichever is less. The Department's limitations will apply to the projects advertised above unless the Department policy is revised prior to the negotiation of an agreement or contract.

   The following factors, listed in their order of importance, will be considered by the municipalities during their evaluation of the firms submitting letters of interest:

   a.  Specialized experience and technical competence of firm.

   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.  Location of consultant.

   d.  Current workload and capacity of firm to perform the work within the time limitations.

   e.  Special requirements of the project.

   f.  Other factors, if any, specific to the project.

   The letters of interest and required forms should be received by 4:30 p.m. on October 18, 1996.

   As of this date, the specific projects for which these letters of interest will be used have not been determined.

   The assignment of the above services will be made to one of the firms responding to this notice, but the municipalities and the Department of Transportation reserves the right to reject all letters of interest submitted, to cancel the solicitations required under this notice, and/or to readvertise solicitation for these services.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-1593. Filed for public inspection September 20, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]

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