KDOT Lettings: October 2022

There are 26 projects up for bids on October 19.

Federal-Aid (Unless noted):

23 TE 0472-02: Maple Leaf Trail Phase 1: Pedestrian path along the east side of the Midland Railway storage track from High Street to Elm Street in Baldwin City.

46 N 0703-01: Pedestrian and bicycle paths on Center Street bridge over BNSF and on the west side of Center Street from Shawnee Street to McKinley Street in Gardner. (no plans)

70 TE 0481-01: Construction of the Flint Hills Nature Trail in Osage City. Because the former Missouri Pacific right of way used by the trail crosses the BNSF Topeka Sub away from roads, the path of the trail will follow 5th Street south to Holliday Street, then east along Holliday to 8th, North on 8th to Lakin, East on Lakin to 9th, then North on 9th back to the MoPac ROW. (no plans)

106 N 0716-01: MARC – operation green light ITS upgrades along 135th Street. Although the county code would indicate a multi-county project, this project is entirely in Johnson County.

9 U 2403-01: Safe routes to school sidewalk improvements in Strong City.

59-2 KA 5422-01: Curb replacement and resurfacing on Maple Street from 4th Street to Redbud Ave.

35-16 KA 6125-01: Repair the I-35 bridges over the BNSF Emporia Sub northeast of Lebo.

106 KA 6259-01: Signage replacement on the state highways in Wilson County. There are a total 2,037 signs in this project.

54-8 KA 6640-01: Ultrathin bonded asphalt surfacing on US 54-400 in Andover.

8 N 0692-01: reconstruction of 159th Street from Kellogg to Central Avenue.

15-87 KA 6710-01: Pavement Patching on K-15 from the Kansas Turnpike bridges in Wichita to the Derby City Limits (non-FA)
15-87 KA 6846-01: Pavement marking on K-15 from Clifton Avenue to the Derby City Limits. The plans specify that this is to be done after the associated pavement patching project above is completed.

23-35 KA 6634-01/23-28 KA 6635-01: 1/2-inch milling and 1.5-inch HMA overlay from Cimarron to the K-156 in Gray and Finney Counties (Finney County segment is non-FA.)

65 C 5124-01: Installation of Stop Ahead and Stop signs with solar-powered flashing LEDs and rumble strip grinding on D Road at 16th and 24th Road in Morton County.

83-88 KA 3253-01: Grading, bridge and surfacing on US-83 from 0.256 MI south of RS 933 north to US-160 in Seward County (no plans)

Federal-Aid: Local Projects:

99 C 5112-01: Replace This bridge over Mill Creek east of Maple Hill.

57 C 5069-01: Regrade, re-surface, and install rumble strips on Nighthawk Road at the intersection with K-256

1 C 5001-01: Grading and culvert on 2000 Road near South Dakota Road northeast of Iola.

63 C 5082-01: Replace this bridge on 3000 Road over Illinois Creek in Montgomery County.

78 C 5116-01: Replace the 56th Avenue Bridge over Cow Creek.


70-106 KA 6806-01: Concrete Pavement Patching on various bridges on I-70 in Ellsworth, Lincoln, and Saline Counties.

70-91 KA 6539-01: Lighting replacement at the K-267 interchange and the westbound rest area west of Ruleton.

169-2 KA 6668-01: Microsurfacing on US 169 between Garnett and the Anderson/Franklin County Line.

99-37 KA 6669-01: Chip seal on K-99 between US 400 and US 54

49-96 KA 6711-01: 2-inch milling and 1.5-inch HMA overlay from US 81 to US 160


KDOT Lettings: August 2022

Up for letting on August 17 are 38 projects, including a second batch of asphalt milling and overlay. Approved bids announced on August 26 are highlighted in red.


KDOT Lettings: July 2022

At my workplace, a paving crew was resurfacing the service road that leads to the lot where I park. Kansas Highways also need that treatment, as evidenced by the projects in the July lettings.

Approved Bids announced on August 4 are highlighted in red.
Approved Bids announced on August 26 are highlighted in blue.


KDOT Lettings: September 2022

There are 43 projects up for letting in September.


KDOT Lettings: June 2022

There are 21 projects up for letting on June 15. The Awarded bids announced on July 6 are highlighted in red. The Awarded bids announced on August 4 are highlighted in blue.

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Walk to the Poll Position

Today is the primary elections in Kansas. Since the 2020 election, I have moved (twice) from Lake Dabinawa and have wound up in East Lawrence. My new polling place is about a five-minute walk from the house. I got there around 6:45 and was first in line, and first to submit a ballot, when the polls opened at 7:00.

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July 2022 in Pictures

I had one train-watching jaunt this month, plus a few Amtrak and BNSF grabs from the Santa Fe Station platform.


KDOT Lettings: May 2022

There are 20 projects slated for letting on May 18. Approved bids announced on May 31 are highlighted in red. Approved bids announced on July 6 are highlighted in blue.

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It’s my party, I’ll shoot as many trains as I want to

For my birthday weekend, between the dinner and the birthday cake, I took some time to do some train watching.

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Saw a train… just not the one I expected

This morning, I checked the Amtrak status map and noticed that the Southwest Chief was running quite late and would be in Topeka around 8:40.

Based on that, I decided to try and catch the train before I went in to work (I currently work in Topeka)

I made it to a good spot along the Shunga Trail and waited. At 8:35, I noticed that the ETA was now getting closer to 8:50. I gave my coworkers a heads up to say I’d be a few minutes late (ETA no later than 9:15)