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RFQ - Main Cable Investigation And Dehumidification Design Of The Benjamin Franklin Bridge


The Delaware River Port Authority (Authority) hereby invites interested professional consulting engineering firms to submit a Statement of Qualification for providing engineering design services for the Main Cable Investigation and Dehumidification Design of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

The Scope of Services the Authority requires shall include all investigation activities required to conduct an inspection of the interior condition of the suspension cables.  The investigation will consist of reviewing the previous cable inspection reports, reviewing acoustic monitoring data, internal inspection of up to (8) 20’ cable panels at various locations, testing, analysis and report of the cable inspection results based on the NCHRP534 Report.

The Consultant will be responsible to provide access and work platforms and contractor services for unwrapping, wedging, and rewrapping the cables and maintenance and protection of traffic.  As part of these Consultant services a design for dehumidification of the suspension cables from anchorage to anchorage and preparation of the bid documents will be performed.  Both cables were oiled during the initial construction and re-oiled in the 1990’s.  The Consultant will need to design for adequate distribution of air flow to successfully dehumidify the cables under these conditions.

The Authority’s Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution stating Consultants seeking contracted work must be prevented from influencing the vendor selection process.  In order to be considered, the attached Political Contribution Form and the Certification must be completed and submitted in a separately sealed envelope labeled “POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION FORM AND CERTIFICATION” along with your Statement of Qualifications. 

Six (6) copies of the written Statement of Qualifications and U.S. Government Forms SF330 must be received by the Authority no later than 4:00 p.m. on August 29, 2013.  Faxed or e-mail Statement of Qualifications will not be accepted.  Late Statement of Qualifications will not be accepted.  The Statement of Qualifications should be addressed to Mr. Michael P. Venuto, P.E., P.L.S., Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer, Delaware River Port Authority, One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, P.O. Box 1949, Camden, New Jersey 08101.  The mailing envelope containing the Statement of Qualifications shall be labeled Main Cable Investigation and Dehumidification Design of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.  The Statement of Qualifications shall describe, in five (5) pages or less, the qualifications of the firm and the key personnel on the design team and shall briefly describe similar consultation projects successfully completed in the last five years by the firm and the key personnel.  The Statement of Qualifications will be used by the Authority to establish a short list of consultants to receive a Request for Proposal and to engage a consultant for this project.

The Delaware River Port Authority is firmly committed to providing full and equal business opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age or non-job related disability.  In that regard, the Delaware River Port Authority will affirmatively assure that minority and female-owned business enterprises are afforded equal opportunities to submit bids and/or proposals for consideration for all purchases and contracts issued in connection with this project.  Prospective proposers should understand that the participation of certified MBEs and WBEs is a matter of great interest in the evaluation of all proposals.  To that end, the DRPA has established MBE and WBE goals for this project.  Proposers are not expected to name their MBE and WBE team members at the time they submit the Statement of Qualifications.  However, MBE and WBE team members must be named, and commitment levels must be noted at the time the proposal is submitted.

This public advertisement constitutes the Delaware River Port Authority’s formal solicitation to determine the interest of qualified Professional Engineering firms in the aforementioned project.


By: Michael P. Venuto, P.E., P.L S.
                Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer
                Phone: 856-968-2062

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