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Welcome to my anchor point on the web. For over 20 years, I have shared various subjects regarding highway, railways, local radio, and more.

I chose the name “route56” in honor of the green and white variant of the US Highway shield that the Kansas Department of Transportation and its predecessor agency used specifically to mark US 56 from its creation until the mid 1980s.

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Latest Blog Posts


  • Civil Servant’s Disclaimer

    There are a couple of political issues that are currently on my radar. Before I can comment on them, I am obligated to make a disclaimer related to my day job. I am presently employed by the State of Kansas in the Office of Information Technology Services. The opinions articulated on this website are solely…

  • KDOT Lettings: June 2024

    The June lettings include the widening of the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway, along with several pavement marking and bridge repair projects. Federal-Aid 3 TE 0537-01: Safe Routes to School sidewalk project in Atchison, primarily Santa Fe Street from 10th to 15th and 14th from Main to Atchison Street. 40-23 KA 3634-03: Widening…

  • KDOT Lettings: May 2024

    Federal-Aid: 70-89 KA 6932-01: Deck patching on the California Avenue bridge over I-70 in Topeka. 4-89 KA 6933-01: Repair the approaches to the Oakland Expressway bridges over 6th Street in Topeka 89 TE 0505-02: Bike route improvements in Topeka 24-62 KA 6437-01: Reconstruction of Wisconsin Street in Cawker City 69-6 KA 6738-01/69-54 KA 6791-01: 2.5-inch…

  • KDOT Lettings: April 2024

    Here are the projects scheduled to be up for bids on April 17. Awarded Bids announce on May 6 are highlighted in red. Federal-Aid 23 TE 0517-01: New Sidewalk along the west side of Church Street from 15th Street to 20th Street in Eudora, including on the bridge over K-10. Miles Excavating, Inc., Basehor, $1,145,158.48.…

  • KDOT lettings: March 2024

    Federal-Aid: 7-22 KA 5722-01: Replace bridge over Mill Creek southeast of White Cloud. One lane traffic to be maintained, controlled by traffic signals. 435-46 KA 4275-02: Rehabilitation work on the I-435 bridges over Midland Drive in Shawnee and full-depth replacement of Midland Drive under 435. 66 TE 0531-01: New sidewalk along Oregon Street in Seneca…

  • KDOT Lettings: February 2024

    Awarded bids announced on March 8 are highlighed in red. Federal-Aid: 35-46 KA 7190-01: PCCP Patching and 4-inch HMA overlay on Southbound I-35 from I-635 to 95th Street, including the exit ramps to Shawnee Mission Parkway and Antioch. PCCP patching (no overlay) on the exit ramps to 67th and Johnson Drive. Superior Bowen Asphalt Company…

  • KDOT Lettings: January 2024

    Awarded bids announced on February 7 are highlighted in red Federal-Aid: 7-22 KA 5722-01: Replacement of Bridge #016 over Mill Creek on K-7 southeast of White Cloud. One lane of traffic to be maintained, controlled by signals. 52 N 0733-01: Construct new trails along Parallel Road and 158th Street in Baeshor.52 N 0734-01: Reconstruct 155th…

  • KDOT Lettings – December 2023

    Awarded bids announced on January 2 are highlighted in red.One awarded bid announced on February 7 is highlighted in blue. Federal-Aid 7-3 KA 7132-01/7-22 KA-7119-01: 1.5-inch milling and 1.5-inch HMA overlay from Atchison to the Nebraska state line. Bettis Asphalt & Construction Inc., Topeka, $5,652,729.16. 73-52 KA 5990-01: Storm Sewer replacement and reconstruction of 4th…

  • KDOT Lettings: November 2023

    Federal-Aid: 9-3 KA 7006-01: 1.5-inch milling and 1.5-inch HMA overlay from US 159 to US 73 9-3 KA 7057-01/9-43 KA-7118-01: 1.5-inch surface recycle of the mainline lanes and chip seal of the entire roadway from US 75 to US 159. 4-44 KA 5931-01: Regrade side slope and remove guardrail on a short section of K-4…

  • KDOT Lettings: October 2023

    Awarded Bids announced on November 6 are highlighted in redAwarded Bids announced on November 30 are highlighted in blue Federal-Aid 23 TE 0500-01: Sidewalk improvements in Lecompton Julius Kaaz Construction Co. Inc., Leavenworth, $1,219,680.50. 18-99 KA 7088-01/18-81 KA 7043-01: 1-inch milling and 1.5-inch HMA overlay on K-18 from K-177 to K-99 in Riley and Wabunsee…