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Q1) Item #12 being mandated to use either the lime slurry or the dry lime and Item # 13 is given the option of treatment methods, why the difference in the conventional hot mix than the rubberized hot mix asphalt? If the same aggregate source is used on both mixes, can the treatment method be determined by the plasticity index table given in the Special Provisions?
A1) The difference is due to the Standard(Item #12) Process vs the QC/QA (Item #13) Process. Contractor should take into consideration the contract required processes when calculating the bid prices. 11Oct10.