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P/T Notices

MnDOT solicits P/T projects in a variety of ways. P/T notices are open to both pre-qualified consultants only and to the general public. Each section below describes the process being utilized, and the consultants eligible to respond.

Notices for Potential Responder Information and Feedback

This section is used to advertise informational notices. For example, informational meeting notices on an upcoming project; draft scopes of work/RFP's for industry review and/or comment; etc.

Notice of an Upcoming RFP

Project Description: The John A. Blatnik Bridge (Bridge 9030) was constructed beginning in 1958 and opened to traffic in late 1961. The four lane structure carries 33,900 vehicles a day on I-535 between Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.  This structure consists of two bridge types:1) the truss navigation span is a suspended tied steel arch truss between two continuous, cantilevered deck trusses and 2) continuous steel pin and hanger multi-girder approach spans to the north and south. The bridge spans the St. Louis River and the busy ports of Duluth and Superior. Clearance over the St. Louis River is 120 feet.

Bridge 9030 with a total length of 7,980 feet is the second longest bridge and is 2% of the total bridge deck area in Minnesota. Bridge width varies from 58 to 70 feet. There are 52 spans including a 600 foot long steel arch truss navigation span. The bridge (except the truss navigation span) was reconstructed and widened in 1993. Other recent improvements include:

  • Complete repaint 1995-1998
  • Outline lighting system installed in1996 and replaced in 2012.
  • Steel repair and spot paint – 2008
  • Center span cable evaluation – 2010
  • Partial superstructure paint, steel repairs and expansion joints – 2012/13.  This rehab allowed the bridge to carry permit loads.

The anticipated remaining life of the bridge is 15-40 years depending on maintenance investments. The Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation need assistance in developing cost effective maintenance strategies and investments for the remaining service life.

Goals and Objectives: The primary goals of this contract are:

  • Provide technical analysis for needs outlined in Blatnik Bridge Management Study report for Bridge 9030, commonly called the “management plan.” The management plan identified several repair and replacement strategies with varying timing scenarios. The aim of this contract is to supply updated bridge rating factors and demand/capacity ratios that were not completed as part of the management plan.
  • Investigate anticipated service life for all elements within the main spans and approach spans.
  • Work collaboratively with State District 1 and Bridge Office staff to provide information and technical support in the District’s global scoping efforts for the project.  The District scoping effort will be produced through a separate professional/technical contract.

Access to the Blatnik Bridge Management Study report can be gained by contacting Colleen Lichtsinn at the MnDOT Bridge Office: colleen.lichtsinn@state.mn.us

Minnesota's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The State of Minnesota is committed to diversity and inclusion in its public procurement process. The goal is to ensure that those providing services to the State are representative of our Minnesota communities and include businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, and those with substantial physical disabilities. Creating broader opportunities for historically under-represented groups provides for additional options and greater competition in the marketplace, creates stronger relationships and engagement within our communities, and fosters economic development and equality.

Whenever possible, MnDOT strongly encourages the use of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE's), Targeted Group Businesses (TGB's) and Veteran Owned Businesses (VET).

Notices Open to All Consultants

The following section lists all current P/T RFPs and Informal Solicitations. Note: you do not need to be pre-qualified or on any current MnDOT Certified List Programs to respond to these advertisements. P/T RFPs and Informal Solicitations will be posted solely on this webpage, along with all supporting documentation, addendums, questions and/or other related issues. As a potential responder, you are responsible for checking back for changes, addendums and/or questions that have been answered and posted. Each RFP/Informal Solicitation will identify the last date to submit questions, along with an anticipated date the answers will be posted.

Standard Specifications for Plow Blades with Carbide Inserts

Brief Description: MnDOT requests responses for the development of up to six standard specifications to accommodate the most typical configurations for carbide-insert plow blades that can be used for procurement by agencies nationwide. This project involves compiling carbide blade specifications from state Departments of Transportation (DOTs), compiling related information from blade vendors, synthesizing the information to identify common and important elements, and developing a set of standard specifications. Each standard specification should address the entire carbide blade assembly, including the carbide inserts and the blades that house them. Detail drawings should be provided in AutoCAD format. This project is looking specifically at steel plow blades with carbide inserts. We will not be looking at blades consisting of rubber, ceramic, neoprene, or other materials.

Date Posted: 08/10/17
Due Date: 09/25/17

Integrating Advanced Technologies into Winter Operations Decisions

Brief Description: MnDOT requests responses for the preparation of a comprehensive guide to best management practices (BMP) and a blueprint for the future of winter maintenance and operations. There are many new technologies available to evaluate road conditions and measure response; what is needed is a guide to how these technologies and the parameters they collect should be used to inform decision making. The scope of this project includes description of the available technologies; which of these are being used and where; what the technologies measure; how to integrate the technologies into a successful winter operations strategy; and how to incorporate future technologies such as connected vehicles and advanced sensors.

Date Posted: 08/10/17
Due Date: 09/25/17

Aftermarket Cameras in Winter Maintenance Vehicles

Brief Description: MnDOT requests responses for best practices and guidance for the use of aftermarket cameras on winter maintenance vehicles. The scope of this project includes recommendations about specific cameras to use, associated technology, installation (mounting location), costs (upfront and lifecycle for maintenance, repair and replacement), and networking (how well the cameras integrate with onboard automatic vehicle location [AVL] technology, the expected data load of the imagery). The primary aims of the added camera imaging are to assist with operational decisions and increase situational awareness, and state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) want the best possible information for selecting and employing such cameras.

Date Posted: 08/10/17
Due Date: 09/25/17

A Comprehensive Guide to Pre-Wetting

Brief Description: MnDOT requests responses for testing-based guidance on pre-wetting solids used for winter maintenance. The scope of this project includes investigation of pre-wetting rates, pre-wetting delivery equipment and systems, and pre-wetting materials. All of these factors will be researched, tested and evaluated with the aim of helping DOTs better achieve the benefits associated with pre-wetting: bounce and scatter reduction, salt activation, and corrosion inhibition.

Date Posted: 08/10/17
Due Date: 09/25/17

20 Year Strategic Facilities Asset Management Plan

Brief Description: The goal of this project is to produce a 20 year plan to assist MnDOT in addressing deferred maintenance, making informed decisions on which maintenance and capital improvement projects to perform, and in the case of larger capital expenditures, to assist elected officials in order to make informed decisions for allocating resources to the right projects.

Date Posted: 08/03/17
Due Date: 08/31/17

  • RFP (PDF 159KB)

Notices Open to Pre-Qualified Consultants Only

Consultants must be pre-qualified in the identified work type(s) to respond to a Pre-Qualification Announcement. In order to submit a letter of interest to a project identified below, consultants must be pre-qualified at the time the announcement is posted. Each project below has its own "Official List," which identifies the consultants who are eligible to submit for that specific project. Please note: If consultants are not pre-qualified for all work types needed for project, they must make arrangements to subcontract with a firm(s) that is pre-qualified in the work type(s). If applicable, the consultant must identify in the letter of interest their sub-consultant(s), and which work type(s) the sub-consultant(s) will be completing. If there are not firms currently listed on the "Official List" for an identified work type(s), the consultant may provide the work themselves or they may subcontract with any firm.

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