Volume 42 - Issue 38 - September 21, 2023
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 proposal to KDOT.DesignContracts@ks.gov by 12:00 p.m. (Central Time) October 4, 2023, to be considered for selection.
Interested consulting firms must be prequalified by KDOT or otherwise demonstrate qualification in category(s):
- 211 Highway Design–Major Facility
- 222 Standard Span Bridge Design
- 231 Traffic Control Analysis and Design
- 325 Hydraulic and Hydrologic Studies
- 336 Right of Way Services
- 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 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.
|Table 1: Background and Scope of Project
|Background and Scope of Project
|Construct a new ramp from west bound US-50 to northbound I-135 in Newton, Harvey County.
|Table 2: Project Summary
|Route and Scope
|I-135/US-50 Interchange, approximately 0.4 miles north of E. Old Trail Road
|Structure BR#, Structure Scope, Structure Size and Type
|No structure currently anticipated however, we could need a new bridge or modification/widening to existing bridge #0085.
Anticipated Consultant Scope
KDOT anticipates the following to be included in the consultant’s scope: Preliminary Design Services, Final Design Services, Public Involvement Services, Environmental Documentation Preparation (Permitting), Access Modification Justification Report (AMJR).
Additional scope which may be added later (at the Secretary’s discretion) and may include Right of Way; Letting and Construction Phase Services; and 3D Electronic Deliverables Preparation.
Current expectations for consultant scope are detailed below. The scope included herein may not be all-inclusive. A scoping meeting will take place 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 the latest electronic deliverables including CAD conformance checks and ControlCAD indexed DGN files with ProjectWise attributes.
- Coordinate closely with the city and county involved.
- Provide bi-annual construction cost estimates and at major project milestones.
- Perform roadway geometric design, drainage design, and roadside safety analysis.
- Develop Plans to Materials and Research.
- Develop Preliminary Plans to Field Check.
- Develop Right of Way Plans.
- Develop Final Plans for Construction.
- Visit the project site location.
- Bridge design services may or may not be needed based on the chosen design.
- If bridge design services are needed:
- The consultant will propose and evaluate different framing layouts for review and acceptance by the KDOT Bridge Office.
- Develop Preliminary and Final Design Plans.
- Develop permanent signing, lighting, and pavement marking plans.
- Develop Traffic Control Plans.
- Foundation and truss design (as necessary).
- ITS design and plans (as necessary).
Public Involvement Services
- The successful consultant will be required to provide project updates and other information as needed to support communication thereby; involvement in meetings may also be required.
- The public engagement goals are to maintain effective communication with identified stakeholder groups.
KDOT Provided Services
- Public Involvement:
- KDOT is responsible for developing and implementing a communication plan for the project. The document will include goals, objectives, strategies, channels, and messages and will be inclusive with all outreach and engagement efforts. This will be a living document maintained over the course of the project through the end of construction.
- Environmental Services.
- Utility Coordination.
- Geotechnical Services including soil investigations, bridge foundation geology, pavement field investigation and design, and surfacing recommendations.
- Survey has been completed and data will be provided by KDOT.
Anticipated Schedule and Key Dates
- Proposals are due by or before 12:00 p.m. (Central Time) October 4, 2023.
- Ranking of proposals is expected to occur on or around October 24, 2023. Negotiations with the most highly ranked firm are expected to begin on or around October 31, 2023. An executed agreement is anticipated around November 30, 2023.
- The program fiscal year for this project is FY2027 (July 2026–June 2027).
Upon distribution of this Request for Proposals, KDOT anticipates the following activity dates:
- Materials and Research Plans – April 1, 2024
- Field Check – October 14, 2024
- Plans to ROW – November 11, 2024
- Plans Complete – June 18, 2026
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 4 pages total (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 (2MB 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:
- “KA-6589-01_I-135 Ramp in Newton 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 here 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 3 below describes the expected proposal organization and content sections.
- Table 4 lists the evaluation criteria and associated weights which will be used to make a selection.
- Depending on the number and quality of responses received, KDOT anticipates shortlisting (based on proposals) and holding interviews prior to final selection (which may be based on both proposals and interview content). If KDOT deems them necessary, evaluation criteria for interviews will be distributed to shortlisted consultant teams in advance.
|Table 3: Proposal Content
|Description of Intent
|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.
|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
|Qualifications and experience of project manager and other key project team members proposed for services
|Approach and commitment to meet advertised schedule
|Past performance history for similar projects/services for KDOT
|Approach to quality control
|Knowledge of the NEPA process
|Understanding of the project area
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”)
Special Contract Conditions
The project will be managed by KDOT; Design will be complete according to 883 completion dates.
All questions regarding this Request for Proposals shall be emailed to KDOT.DesignContracts@ks.gov.
Questions can be submitted until September 21, 2023; answers will be provided to all prequalified consultants on September 28, 2023.
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