Government Website icon

The .gov means it's official.
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Padlock icon

The site is secure.
The https:// or lock icon ensures you're safely connected to the website and any information you provide is encrypted.

Publications iconKansas Register

Volume 40 - Issue 19 - May 13, 2021

State of Kansas

Department of Transportation

Notice to Consulting Firms

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is seeking qualified consulting engineering firm(s) for the project listed below. Interested consulting firms must: (a) be prequalified by KDOT or otherwise demonstrate qualification in category 221 – Nonstandard Bridge Design. A PDF must be emailed to David Lutgen, P.E., Contracts Engineer at Responses are to be limited to eight pages, the subject line of the reply email and the file name must read “KA-6173-01 RFP – Firm Name.” RFPs must be received by 12:00 p.m. May 28, 2021 for the consulting firm to be considered.

If a firm is not currently prequalified by KDOT a response 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 may use the KDOT prequalification form to provide this documentation. KDOT 1050 Prequalification category definitions (Blue Book) can be found at 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.

Scope of Services to be Performed

KDOT is seeking the services of a consulting firm to provide new sign structure standards for overhead sign trusses. A consultant will be awarded a contract to provide new sign structure standard details, and a design program. The structures are to be designed to AASHTO LRFD Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaires, and Traffic Signals and Interims. The structures are to be designed using steel, using the current KDOT general truss configuration.

Overhead Sign Truss Design and Details shall include:

  • Sign structure standard details
  • Design Mathcad/spreadsheets in combination with other software to be determined to assist
  • Foundation design with software to be determined to assist for site specific conditions
  • Designed for Fatigue Category 1
  • AASHTO LRFD Design 2015 Plus Interims
  • Fatigue Design shall include truck gust, galloping, natural wind
  • Design for maximum sign area per structure as well as individual designs
  • Utilizing angle webs
    • Minimize the use of transverse welds
    • Simplify details
      • Splice
      • Truss end connection
    • Add box ends to each section

The selected consultant firm will be required to submit standard detail plan sheets, structural calculation package and a design Mathcad/spreadsheets program. Periodic meetings with KDOT forces will also be necessary. The electronic format for the standard details and design program will be required as a deliverable. Review KDOT design policy for the trusses for feasibility.

Anticipated Schedule for Subsequent Events

Request for Proposals (RFPs) are due by 12:00 p.m. (CST) May 28, 2021. Evaluation and ranking of technical proposals on or about June 10, 2020 after which time all firms that submitted will be notified of the ranking. Negotiations with the most highly ranked firm to commence on or about June 21, 2020. Agreement in place and in effect July 12, 2020. RFPs are to be delivered via email to

Instructions for Proposal

No costs shall be contained in the RFP. The RFP must not exceed eight (8) pages total to address the pertinent topics. Please use the following naming convention for submittal…KA-6173-01 RFP – Firm Name. RFPs submitted will consist of the proposal and a completed and signed Special Attachment No. 7 (“Certificate of Final Indirect Costs”), a completed and signed Special Attachment No. 8 (“Tax Clearance Certificate”), and a completed and signed Special Attachment No. 10 (“Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment”). Subconsultants will need to complete these attachments as well.

RFPs shall describe any processes or procedures, including best practices, that will be used to perform tasks and to produce deliverables described above under “Scope of Services to be Performed.” Also, include items such as:

  • Project manager/engineer in charge
  • History of projects with similar tasks
  • Availability of staff to meet schedule without overtime
  • Familiarity with KDOT standards and content
  • Any subconsultant and their role (if any) that will be performing services on the project

Evaluation Factors

RFPs will be evaluated based on the factors listed below, evenly weighted, to rank the most qualified firm in order of preference as first, second, third, etc. Evaluation factors: 1) the quality and completeness of the response; 2) qualifications and experience of consultant design personnel/manager proposed for services; 3) proposed project approach; 4) availability to respond to the work; and 5) past performance history for similar projects/services for KDOT. The highest ranked firm will be asked to enter into negotiations with KDOT for an agreement. In the event KDOT cannot reach agreement with the ranked firm, it will terminate negotiations with such firm and commence negotiations with the next highest ranked firm, and so on, until either agreement is reached for a satisfactory scope of services for a fair and reasonable price, or KDOT decides to pursue other alternatives. 

Exhibits to this RFP

  • Special Attachment No. 7 (“Certificate of Final Indirect Costs”)
  • Special Attachment No. 8 (“Tax Clearance Certificate”)
  • Special Attachment No. 10 (“Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment”)

Contract Terms and Conditions

A standard KDOT agreement for engineering and technical services will be used for this project. Special Attachments for the Kansas “Tax Clearance Certificate,” the “Certification of Final Indirect Costs,” and the Special Attachment No. 10 (“Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment”) will also eventually become attachments to the contract.

Questions about this RFP shall be sent by email to KDOT at

Calvin E. Reed, P.E., Director
Division of Engineering and Design

Doc. No. 049134