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101 - TAFT - WEST - March 07, 2024

Notifications

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Submitted: Thursday 15-FEB-2024 03:28 PM
The addendum process has been modified. Addendum Inserts will no longer be issued for contract time changes. Bid files will not be updated for contract time changes. Addendum Inserts will now be referred to as Amendment Inserts and only issued for bid item changes. Please see the Bulletin Board for additional information regarding the process changes.


Amendments

No Amendments available for this project.


Clarifications

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Submitted: Tuesday 13-FEB-2024 10:54 AM
Voluntary Pre-Bid Networking Conference
The following special provision is hereby added to the contract:
VOLUNTARY PRE-BID NETWORKING CONFERENCE
A voluntary pre-bid networking conference will be held in person Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 3:00pm at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT. Attendance at this conference is voluntary. Contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers are encouraged to attend, but attendance is NOT required for bidders. The contract time will be increased by 10 working days via change order if the prime contractor attends the voluntary pre-bid conference.
UPDATED: Friday 03-MAR-2023 08:00 AM
Attendance List from the Voluntary Pre-Bid Networking Conference: MEETING ATTENDANCE

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Submitted: Friday 16-FEB-2024 09:19 AM
The Department will begin the project using the standard sample and test frequencies provided in MT 601 for concrete paving.  The frequency may be reduced by the Project Manager if the contractor demonstrates a consistent operation and production rates provided the test results meet the requirements of the contract.

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Submitted: Wednesday 21-FEB-2024 12:04 PM
Special Provision 42. Class Pave Concrete is hereby replaced with the following special provision: CLASS PAVE CONCRETE


Questions

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Submitted: Tuesday 13-FEB-2024 02:28 PM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Estimating
Is there a dirt run available for this project? Also, could you please post the design files for the project.
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 22-FEB-2024 10:30 AM

A dirt run is not available for this project.  This project is not Department staking.  Please refer to standard specification 105.08.2 and the grading frame on plan sheet RD-17.

The design files for the requested project are posted here:
DESIGN FILES

 

  • 9487000RDALNZ01 – Mainline alignments. This contains the alignment information that was previously found in GEOPAK.
  • 9487000RDALNZ02 – Ramp alignments. This contains the alignment information that was previously found in GEOPAK.
  • 9487000RDMAPZ01 – 3D representation of the corridor with feature lines (currently a dynamic file, not static).
  • The construction model export files:
  • 9487000COCRRZ001.dwg - Model Feature Lines for Beginning Undivided Section
  • 9487000COCRRZ002.dwg - Model Feature Lines for East Bound Divided Section
  • 9487000COCRRZ003.dwg - Model Feature Lines for West Bound Divided Section
  • 9487000COCRRZ004.dwg - Model Feature Lines for End Undivided Section

TIN Surfaces: Take the files from construction model export (Activity 963):
  • 9487000COETRZ001.xml - Existing Terrain Model
  • 9487000CODTMZ001.xml - FG and SG Terrain Models for Beginning Undivided Section
  • 9487000CODTMZ002.xml - FG and SG Terrain Models for East Bound Divided Section
  • 9487000CODTMZ003.xml - FG and SG Terrain Models for West Bound Divided Section
  • 9487000CODTMZ004.xml - FG and SG Terrain Models for End Undivided Section


The requested files do not represent the staked project but are only design files. The Department cannot guarantee the accuracy of the electronic data, particularly as it may be called up by your computer, nor does any data in these files supersede the data in the contract documents.

In addition, the Department will not make any revisions to the electronic files pertaining to the staked project, change ordered work, or changes that are made during construction to fit field conditions.

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Submitted: Monday 19-FEB-2024 09:19 AM
Company: Core and Main LP
Contact: Tyler Miller
There seems to be a difference between the specified pipe and the spec section. 6" corrugated HDPE is called out, but the specification section referenced is actually for ABS pipe, not HDPE. Should SP 33 reference 708.02 rather than 708.07 in order to supply the corrugated polyethylene pipe?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 22-FEB-2024 09:11 AM
Special Provision 33 (Edge Drains) specifies the correct materials for edge drains and is consistent with MDT Standard Specification 708.07 for Corrugated Polyethylene Drainage Pipe. MDT Standard Specification 708.02 is for Concrete Pressure Pipe which is not applicable for the edge drains specified on this project.

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Submitted: Tuesday 20-FEB-2024 09:47 AM
Company: Riverside Contracting, Inc.
Contact: Estimating
Could you please post the original "As Built" drawings for this section of the interstate?
Answer
Submitted: Thursday 22-FEB-2024 12:43 PM
The As Built drawings can be found at the following link: AS BUILTS

The files linked above represent the as-built drawings. MDT provides them for informational purposes only. They do not include drawings for modifications to the structures, such as joint replacements and guardrail revisions and may not completely represent current conditions. Thus, some of the information contained in these documents may be out of date or not applicable with regard to the advertised project. The contractor should not rely solely on the as-built drawings provided for bidding purposes nor does any data in these files supersede the data in the contract documents.

UPDATED: Tuesday 27-FEB-2024 01:25 PM
The link above has been updated to include the As-Built drawings and as-let proposal for the crack and seat project completed in 2012.

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Submitted: Friday 23-FEB-2024 09:46 AM
Company: Acme Concrete Paving, Inc
Contact: Steve Clark
The existing concrete underneath the current HMA has it already been broken up from a previous contract (crack and seat) if so, what was the specification on the size - example 2' x 2'?
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 27-FEB-2024 02:22 PM

The as-built plans and related proposal for project IM 90-1(184)0 found in the response for Q&A #3 details that crack and seating occurred with 18” to 30” spacing transversely to centerline on the entire 24-foot PCCP travel way, with no more than 20 percent of the spacing greater than 24”.  Pavement was cracked full depth of the PCCP (8”).

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Submitted: Friday 23-FEB-2024 09:49 AM
Company: Acme Concrete Paving, Inc.
Contact: Steve Clark
The State of Montana's yard at the Taft Interchange - is it available to the contractor as a staging area and a site for a concrete batch plant?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 28-FEB-2024 07:45 AM

The area within MDT R/W on the south side of the Taft Interchange is available for staging and a concrete batch plant, however no permitting has been acquired for this area.  R/W plans for this area can be found at the following link:  Taft Interchange R/W 
Two-way traffic must be provided for Old Hwy 10 to the west of the interchange, and Randolph Creek/Rainy Creek roads to the east of the interchange.  A traffic/pedestrian control plan will need to be submitted for approval for this area along with staging and plant area blueprint to be occupied.

Access to all MDT maintenance facilities must be provided at all times.  The area inside the red lines in the following link:
Taft Sand Shed, is to be free of any contractor equipment or supplies for the duration of the projectThe entire site, if occupied, will be brought back to original condition or better at the end of the project prior to final acceptance being granted by the project manager.  A land use agreement covering these stipulations will be signed and agreed upon between the contractor and Missoula District Maintenance chief prior to any occupation of the property.

Property outside MDT R/W as shown on the exhibit is USFS ownership.  Contact information for the Lolo National Forest Service is Bruce Paulsen:
bruce.paulsen@usda.gov (406) 210-1843.

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Submitted: Saturday 24-FEB-2024 03:19 PM
Company: Acme Concrete Paving, Inc.
Contact: Steve Clark
Are dowel bars for the concrete paving required regarding the following situations:
Ramp taper and gore areas at the rest area EB and WB.
Tapers into the chain up and chain removal area. The 15 foot lane at the chain up and chain removal area.
Tapers and gore areas at the Taft Interchange.
Answer
Submitted: Tuesday 27-FEB-2024 4:05 PM
Transition details found in the plans are for PCCP to PMS transverse joints and include dowels.  All other joints, including the areas noted, should reference MDT Detail Drawing 501-00.  Based on this detail, the driving lane areas would receive transverse joint dowels as well as longitudinal joint tie bars.

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Submitted: Monday 26-FEB-2024 01:49 PM
Company: Northwest Grading Inc
Contact: Andrew Reed
Can we get the Full Comprehensive set of Geotechnical information?
Answer
Wednesday: 28-FEB-2024 07:35 AM
Attached are PDF Files of the available project alignment and/or structures geotechnical report(s), geotechnical report supplements, and geotechnical laboratory summaries. There is remaining geotechnical information that is voluminous and very difficult to compile in a concise manner. Contractors are welcome to come to MDT Headquarters to inspect rock samples taken for the project that are stored here or to look through the complete set of Geotechnical field investigation notes, laboratory testing, analytical, or other data in our project files. It should be noted that the project may have undergone significant changes during the design process after the original geotechnical report and supplements were issued. Thus, some of the information contained in these documents may be out of date or not applicable with regard to the advertised project. Some of the changes include, but are not limited to: Project splits (for funding, ROW issues, etc.) alignment and grade changes; and changes due to environmental factors (sensitive areas, etc.). The documents can be found at: GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATION AND PAVEMENT REPORT

UPDATED: Thursday 29-FEB-2024 10:48 AM
The link above has been updated with additional geotechnical reports and relevant information, including a more recent version of the Geotechnical Investigation and Pavement Report. Use this current link: GEOTECHNICAL REPORTS AND INFORMATION

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Submitted: Tuesday 27-FEB-2024 11:15 AM
Company: Acme Concrete Paving, Inc.
Contact: Brenda Day
Could you please clarify the DBE goal ? Special Provisions #6 DBE Requirements states: 0.00%. Special Provisions #8 DBE Usage states: 6.3% and 16%. What is expected to be submitted on AASHTOWARE ?
When I read "established an aspirational goal of 16" DBE usage", then read " utilization is not mandatory" - it's confusing. I just want to confirm the commitment level.
Thank you.
Answer
Submitted: Friday 01-MAR-2024 07:55 AM
MDT’s overall statewide DBE goal for FHWA-assisted contracts is 6.3%. MDT sets aspirational goals on a project basis to inform prime bidders of the level of DBE availability based on work types and project location. This goal is solely for informational purposes. Meeting the aspirational goal is encouraged but not a condition for award, and good faith effort documentation will not be required if the aspirational goal is not achieved. The aspirational goal for this project is 16%.

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Submitted: Tuesday 27-FEB-2024 01:37 PM
Company: HighMark Traffic Services, Inc.
Contact: Bradley Meyer
Will MDT consider using previous specifications for the Stripe Grooving bid item which the method of measurement converts all line width to a 4" equivalent line? IF Not can MDT give us individual line widths and lengths for the project so we can accurately figure our costs of the groove? Also could you look at the previous specifications for the groove depth for epoxy which was 80 mills which is more than sufficient for epoxy versus the 140 mills specified?
Answer
Submitted: 
Monday 04-MAR-2024 04:10 PM

Pavement markings and grooving for this project are hereby changed.  Striping-6 In White-High Perf Tape, and Striping-6 In Black-High Perf Tape will be added by amendment to the contract for centerline pavement markings.  Quantities for the high performance tape, updated edge line quantities for Striping-White Epoxy and Striping-Yellow Epoxy, and updated quantities for Stripe Grooving, will be revised by amendment, and all associated special provisions will be posted on the Q&A Forum on March 5, 2024.

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Submitted: Wednesday 28-FEB-2024 10:51 AM
Company: Acme Concrete Paving, Inc
Contact: Steve Clark
Can the milled asphalt and the existing concrete that is to be removed be used for the base as long as it meets the "Special Crushed Aggregate Course" sieve specifications?
Answer:
Submitted: Monday 04-MAR-2024 12:37 PM
Blending Recycled Concrete Aggregate to the base course is not allowed on this project.  Blending Recycled Asphalt Pavement in the base course will be allowed within the requirements as stated in standard specification 301.02.3.2, and special provision 31.

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Submitted: Thursday 29-FEB-2024 12:31 PM
Company: Poteet Construction
Contact: Estimating
The Wide Load Marshalling bid item is listed as Lump Sum. The meetings attended in regard to wide loads, we were under the impression this bid item would be LS Per Day. Will MDT consider Wide Load Marshalling Per Day, rather than Lump Sum?
Answer
Submitted: Monday 04-MAR-2024 02:08 PM
Please bid Wide Load Marshalling as detailed in Special Provision 52.

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Submitted: Friday 01-MAR-2024 07:44 AM
Company: ACME Concrete Paving, Inc.
Contact: Robert Seghetti
The safety edge detail indicates that the safety edge is integral to the PCCP shoulder. There are locations where the safety edge needs to be placed after the pavement has been placed. 1) Will a construction joint be allowed at the interface of the safety edge and the edge of full depth PCCP?

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Submitted: Friday 01-MAR-2024 11:32 AM
Company: Mountain West Holding Company
Contact: Cody Cunningham
Construction sequencing will require stripe removal and temporary striping for each phase of two-way traffic. Similar to the I-15 Bridge Rehab project in Jefferson City, will MDT please add item 620 013 955 - Remove Pavement Markings. Will MDT also provide a breakdown of the Temporary Striping item.
Answer
Submitted: Monday 04-MAR-2024 04:23 PM
Stripe removal and temporary striping for phasing is included in the Traffic Control-Crossover bid item as detailed in special provision 50.  Temporary striping to be applied at the request of the project manager and not already covered under the requirements in special provision 50 will be paid under bid item 620 012 955 Temporary Striping.

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Submitted: Monday 04-MAR-2024 09:44 AM
Company: Montana Lines, Inc.
Contact: Bidding
SP #36.C.1) indicates the removal of existing equipment is the responsibility of the Utility. SP #38.A lists several items, as called for on the plans, to be removed and salvaged to Missoula. The electrical plans appear to mention two items to be replaced, but no other information on existing electrical elements.
Please clarify what work is to be included in the LS Remove & Salv Misc Elec bid item, what specifically the contractor is to remove, and reissue Sheets EL-06 & 07 to identify the items, if appropriate.

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Submitted: Monday 04-MAR-2024 09:47 AM
Company: Montana Lines, Inc.
Contact: Bidding
Please provide some, or at least one, stationing reference on Sheet EL-07, not only for construction, but also for analysis of SP #16, #26, #28, etc.

102 - MT-200 BRIDGE PRES MP 17 - March 07, 2024

Notifications

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Submitted: Thursday 15-FEB-2024 03:28 PM
The addendum process has been modified. Addendum Inserts will no longer be issued for contract time changes. Bid files will not be updated for contract time changes. Addendum Inserts will now be referred to as Amendment Inserts and only issued for bid item changes. Please see the Bulletin Board for additional information regarding the process changes.


Amendments

No Amendments available for this project.


Clarifications

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Submitted: Friday 9-FEB-2024 07:54 AM
Bid item #618 110 010 - INSTALL, REMOVE CAMERA SYSTEM - 1.0 EACH is hereby added to this contract. Please refer to Section 210 of the Standard Specifications regarding this bid item. An amendment will be issued, updated bid files will be posted.
 


Questions

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Submitted: Wednesday 21-FEB-2024 04:46 PM
Company: Sletten Construction
Contact: Russ Robertson
Since there is an expedited notice to proceed, will MDT suspend time while we wait for the Railroad to approve all necessary submittals required for working on Railroad property, including necessary time to prepare said submittals?
Answer
Submitted: Monday 04-MAR-2024 04:18 PM
The Notice to Proceed is hereby changed to November 15, 2024.  Contract time is revised to 150 working days.

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Submitted: Wednesday 21-FEB-2024 04:48 PM
Company: Sletten Construction
Contact: Russ Robertson
Would MDT consider utilizing an approved ITD concrete mix design even if it does not exactly match MDT specifications?
Answer
Submitted: Friday 23-FEB-2024 09:40 AM
Concrete mix designs that do not meet Department specifications will not be accepted.

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Submitted: Friday 23-FEB-2024 09:21 AM
Company: Hamilton Construction Co.
Contact: Wendell Snook
Can MDT provide an anticipated daily train count ?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 28-FEB-2024 09:05 AM
The Federal Railroad Administration crossing report shows approximately 31 trains in a 24 hour period for the latest update. More accurate information will be provided when the contractor completes the C1 as mentioned in Special Provision 19.

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Submitted: Monday 26-FEB-2024 07:51 AM
Company: Hamilton Construction Co.
Contact: Wendell Snook
Would MDT please provide right of way limits left and right of roadway centerline?

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Submitted: Friday 01-MAR-2024 09:17 AM
Company: Hamilton Construction Co.
Contact: Wendell Snook
For the Bridge Deck Crack Seal Item. Please clarify if HMWM is to be applied per Spec section 552.03.19 (F) with only visible cracks sealed prior to deck grooving and Silane sealer treatment. Or is HMWM to be applied over the entire deck surface with the Silane sealer treatment omitted?
Answer
Submitted: Monday 4-MAR-2024 08:27 AM
Flood the entire deck with crack seal material after the concrete has cured.  Silane Sealer treatment is to be omitted.

 

103 - SIOUX PASS - SOUTH - March 07, 2024

Notifications

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Submitted: Thursday 15-FEB-2024 03:28 PM
The addendum process has been modified. Addendum Inserts will no longer be issued for contract time changes. Bid files will not be updated for contract time changes. Addendum Inserts will now be referred to as Amendment Inserts and only issued for bid item changes. Please see the Bulletin Board for additional information regarding the process changes.


Amendments

No Amendments available for this project.


Clarifications

No Clarifications available for this project.


Questions

No Questions available for this project.

104 - AIRPORT ROAD - LEWISTOWN - March 07, 2024

Notifications

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Submitted: Thursday 15-FEB-2024 03:28 PM
The addendum process has been modified. Addendum Inserts will no longer be issued for contract time changes. Bid files will not be updated for contract time changes. Addendum Inserts will now be referred to as Amendment Inserts and only issued for bid item changes. Please see the Bulletin Board for additional information regarding the process changes.


Amendments

No Amendments available for this project.


Clarifications

No Clarifications available for this project.


Questions

No Questions available for this project.

301 - SF 189 HLNA HT MEDIAN CABLE RAIL - May 02, 2024

Notifications

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Submitted: Friday 05-JAN-2024 09:30 AM
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is soliciting design and construction services for the Design-Build project identified below. Contractor and consultant teams (Firms) are encouraged to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) response electronically by 11:00 a.m., local time on May 2, 2024.

Project Name:     SF 189 HLNA HT MEDIAN CABLE RAIL
Project No:          HSIP 15-3(110)187
Control No:          9796000


This project includes design and construction services required to design and install High-Tension Median Barrier Rail along the I-15 Corridor from Mile Post 174.0-204.0, to address cross median crashes. Proposed improvements include median slope flattening (where necessary), modifications as necessary to mitigate corresponding drainage issues, and installation of high-tension cable rail.

The project RFQ and attachments can be found at the following link: 9796000 RFQ

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Submitted: Friday 09-FEB-2024 11:06 AM
Short Listed Teams:
Coral Construction
Poteet Construction

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Submitted: Wednesday 02-FEB-2024 10:49 AM
The following is the pre-proposal minutes from Thursday February 15th
PRE-PROPOSAL MINUTES
Attachment G: Component Plans Tracking Sheet
Attachment P: Monthly Materials List Template

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Submitted: Tuesday 27-FEB-2024 07:54 AM
The representative section required for the Proposal submittal will be from MP 191.5-200. This section will allow teams to portray the complex traffic control and phasing needed for the project.


Amendments

No Amendments available for this project.


Clarifications

No Clarifications available for this project.


Questions

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Submitted: Wednesday 17-JAN-2024 11:15 AM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
It has come to our attention that all subscribers to MDT's automatic notification system were unsubscribed on January 4th, or prior. Therefore the RFQ for this project was not received by our team members until yesterday, January 16th. Would it be possible to extend the date of the SOQ until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 29th?
Answer
Submitted: Wednesday 17-JAN-2024 03:38 PM
SOQ due date is extended to Monday January 29th, 2024 at 11:00 am. The rest of the schedule will remain as stated in the RFQ. 

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Submitted: Monday 04-MAR-2024 10:25 AM
Company: WGM Group
Contact: Cody Thorson
Can MDT provide any available as-built information for the project corridor? Additionally, can MDT provide drawings for any existing or planned projects within the corridor? Several new construction crossovers have been constructed within the corridor, are these planned to be left in place, and are these planned to have cable barrier installed?

302 - BILLINGS DISTRICT ADA UPGRADES - June 26, 2024

Notifications

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Submitted: Wednesday 21-FEB-2024 02:49 PM
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is soliciting design and construction services for the Design-Build project identified below.  The advertisement for Requests for Qualifications has been opened and Contractor and consultant teams (Firms) are encouraged to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) response electronically by 11:00 a.m., local time on March 20, 2024.

Project Name:     Billings District ADA Upgrades
Project No.:         CM STWD(981)
Control No.:         10431000


Billings District project to upgrade existing pedestrian crossing push buttons, curb ramps, sidewalks, and approaches in order to help bring corridors into compliance with ADA standards. Additionally, some new pedestrian facilities may be constructed (where none exist today). Locations include: 1st Avenue North (N-43) and 1st Avenue South (U-7111) in Lewistown; Main Street (N-4) in Bridger; and King Avenue West (N-111) in Billings.

The project RFQ and attatchments can be found at the following link: RFQ & ATTACHMENTS


Amendments

No Amendments available for this project.


Clarifications

No Clarifications available for this project.


Questions

No Questions available for this project.