Airport SRE Bid

The Port of Bellingham is accepting bids for new Snow Removal Equipment.  Please use the Invitation To Bid for further information.  Bids are due on April 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM PDT.

All questions pertaining to this bid must be submitted to jonathonp@portofbellingham.com and will be answered below.  The last day to submit a question about this invitation to bid is April 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM PDT.


  1. Would you consider an alternative configuration of a chassis with a front mounted broom, a midship airblast and a quick disconnect for the push plow?
    The Port of Bellingham requires the unit to be in line with AC/150-5220-20A, SAE ARP 5548, and the Invitation to Bid.  The unit must be an MTE unit so as to allow plowing and sweeping to be completed simultaneously by one operator.
  2. Request the October 2018 expected delivery date of equipment be changed to 280 days or less after receipt of order.
    A more definitive delivery date can be negotiated between the Port and the successful bidder and determined upon an award of bid.
  3. Request that the the swept path of the broom also be acceptable at 18 feet at a peak working angle of 35 degrees?
    This is acceptable to the Port, so long as all performance requirements in AC 150/5220-20A and SAE ARP 5548 are met.
  4. Will a spare tire and wheel assembly be required for all tire and wheel positions? Or a separate spare tire and wheel assembly required if the configuration of the wheel assemblies does not allow interchangeability between wheel positions?
    One spare tire and wheel assembly is required for each configuration.  For example, if all tire and wheel assemblies are identical and interchangeable, then only one spare tire and wheel assembly is required.
  5. Will a backup camera be required?
    AC 150/5220-20A allows for the bid sponsor to specify various options or selections as established in SAE ARP 5548.  The AC states that unless a selection is offered the purchaser will receive the standard catalog equipment offered on the winning bidder's equipment; the AC does not offer a selection on backup cameras.  Therefore, it is accepted if it is considered standard on the equipment of the successful bidder but is not required.
  6. Will the Port accept a cold weather ether or a heated intake manifold grid heater start system rather than just a cold weather ether start system?
    The cold weather start system must meet what is specified in AC 150/5220-20A and SAE ARP 5548.
  7. Will a broom automatic ground speed control feature be required?
    AC 150/5220-20A allows for the bid sponsor to specify various options or selections as established in SAE ARP 5548.  The AC states that unless a selection is offered the purchaser will receive the standard catalog equipment offered on the winning bidder's equipment; the AC does not mention automatic ground speed control feature.  Therefore, it is accepted if it is considered standard on the equipment of the successful bidder but is not required.
  8. Will any type of of auxiliary forward facing lighting be required (excluding the standard sets of headlights, mounted in the fender assembly and an additional set affixed to cab light bars)? If so please identify type and quantity.
    AC 150/5220-20A does not allow for any auxiliary or specialty lighting as defined in SAE ARP 5548.
  9. SAE ARP5548, 5.12.d, Exterior Lighting
    Specification: Plow, broom and airblast end marker lights, amber front, red rear. Requested for Change: Plow, broom and airblast end marker lights, amber front, red rear or Reflective Tape. Reason: The plow for this unit has a hands free hitch and will need to have reflective tape due to no electrical connectivity to the chassis.
    Yes, reflective markings are acceptable, as long as they conform with SAE ARP 5548.
  10. SAE ARP5548, 5.12.d, Exterior Lighting
    Specification: Side marker lights spaced approximately every 4 feet. Requested for Change: Side marker lights spaced per FMVSS 108. Vehicle Requirements. Specification: In addition to the vehicle identification, “BELLINGHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT” must also be displayed in 16 inch black lettering on each side of the vehicle. Requested for Change: “BELLINGHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT” 16 inch lettering will not fit on the truck. Upon award, vendor will submit a PDF drawing with sized lettering that will fit for approval.
    Yes, this would be acceptable.