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Publications iconKansas Register

Volume 41 - Issue 3 - January 20, 2022

State of Kansas

Department of Transportation

Notice to Consulting Firms

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is seeking a qualified consulting firm or team of firms to perform professional services for the project(s) described in Table 1 below. Interested consultants must email a letter of interest to by 12:00 p.m. (CST) February 4, 2022, to be considered for selection.

Consultant Prequalification

Interested consulting firms must be prequalified by KDOT or otherwise demonstrate qualification in category(s): Interested consulting firms must be prequalified by KDOT or otherwise demonstrate qualification in the following Categories: 211 Highway Design–Major Facility; 221 Non-Standard Span Bridge Design; 231 Traffic Control Analysis and Design; 301 Land Surveying; 302 Engineering Surveying; 336 Right of Way Services; and 401 Landscape Seeding and Erosion Control.

If a firm is not currently prequalified by KDOT, 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 Prequalification category definitions (Blue Book) can be found at 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.

Table 1: Background and Scope of Project
Project Number Background and Scope of Project
KA-6505-01 This project is the replacement of the I-35 bridge over Pflumm Road (BR#027) which carries traffic southbound on I-35 in Johnson County located 0.51 miles northeast of the I-435/I-35 interchange and the grading and surfacing of the adjacent roadway.

Table 2: Project Summary
Project Number Route and Scope Length (mi) Project Termini
KA-6505-01 035-046
Grading and Surfacing
0.284 750 feet north and 750 feet south of bridge No. 027
Project Number Structures BR#, Structure Scope, Structure Size and Type
KA-6505-01 BR#027
Replacement; Length; 199.5 feet, Roadway Width: 58 feet; Existing structure is a 3-lane RDGH.

Anticipated Consultant Scope

KDOT anticipates the following to be included in the consultant’s scope: Survey services; discovery phase services; right of way services; public involvement services; preliminary design services through field check; environmental documentation preparation (permitting); and 3D electronic deliverables preparation. final design services may be added at a later date and at KDOT secretary’s discretion.

Current expectations for consultant scope and what will be provided by KDOT are detailed below. The scope included herein may not be all-inclusive. A scoping meeting will take place after consultant selection is made.

Project Management

  • 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.

Road Design

  • Discovery 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: the existing horizontal and vertical alignments will be utilized for the proposed condition. 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.

Bridge Design

  • 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 closure of southbound I-35.
  • The proposed structure will need to match the existing structure’s geometry (vertical, horizontal, and cross-slope). The proposed structure will need to preserve the existing vertical clearance window for Pflumm Road below.
  • Develop Preliminary Plans to field check for the replacement of Bridge 027, carrying the southbound I-35 traffic over Pflumm Road in Johnson County.

Traffic Engineering

  • Development of traffic management plan, including coordination with the local government and KDOT Olathe office.
  • Develop permanent signing and pavement marking plans.
  • Develop traffic control plans.

Activities to be performed by KDOT include:

  • 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.
  • Geotechnical services including soil investigations, bridge foundation geology, pavement field investigation and design, and surfacing recommendations.

Anticipated Schedule and Key Dates

  1. Proposals are due by or before 12:00 p.m. (CST) February 4, 2022
  2. The program fiscal year for this project is FY 2026 (July 2026–June 2027)
  3. Other important dates:
    1. M29 Suryc: September 8, 2022
    2. C82 Plnmr: February 10, 2023
    3. C29 Fdchk: November 13, 2023
    4. C57 Plrow: December 12, 2023
    5. C84 Plnte: October 14, 2024
    6. C56 Plcom: June 16, 2025

Instructions for Proposal

  1. 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.
  2. The consultant’s proposal must not exceed 4 pages total (including any cover letter, index, etc.)
  3. A PDF (2MB maximum size) of the proposal must be emailed to by the proposal due date and time.
  4. The subject line of the email and the PDF file name must read:
    1. “KA-6505-01–Replace BR027 on I-35 in Johnson Co_FIRM NAME”
  5. 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 Allow 2-3 business days for processing.
  6. The outline in Table 3 below describes the expected proposal organization and content sections.
  7. Table 4 lists the evaluation criteria and associated weights which will be used to make a selection.

Table 3: Proposal Content
Section Description of Intent
Cover Letter 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. Include unique qualifications or experience related to the project approach.
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 you propose to subcontract with.
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.
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 identified special site conditions.

Table 4: Evaluation Factors
Evaluation Factor Weight
Qualifications and experience of project manager and other key project team members proposed for services 20%
Past performance history for similar projects/services for KDOT 20%
Commitment to meet advertised schedule 20%
Approach to quality control 20%
Understanding of the project area 10%
Understanding of KDOT CAD standards and expectations for deliverables 10%

Contract Terms and Conditions

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

Questions can be submitted until January 28, 2022; answers will be provided to all prequalified consultants on January 31, 2022.

Marcia Turner, P.E., Contracts Manager
Division of Engineering and Design

Doc. No. 049754