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highways

KDOT Lettings: September, 2020

Time for the September lettings, and we’ve got a major project included.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in a release on October 7. The approved bids announced on the 14th will be noted in red.

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highways

KDOT lettings: October 2020

There are quite a few projects up for bids at the KDOT October letting, including a couple of reconstruction projects, plenty of overlays, and quite a few county bridge projects.

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highways

KDOT Lettings: August 2020

The KDOT August lettings consist primarily of maintenance projects, including three state highway signage projects and a major collector signage project. The main replacement/widening project is on K-33 in Wellsville.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in a release on September 14 and October 7. The approved bids announced on September 14 will be noted in red. The approved bids announced on October 7 will be noted in blue.

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Labor Day weekend railfanning

For me, Labor Day weekend would not be one without me going out and taking pictures of something railroad related. This year, I decided to head out to Camden, Missouri on the joint BNSF Marceline Sub and Norfolk Southern Kansas City District. I was last here on Labor Day weekend in 2018.

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local politics Politics

Primary Ballot not Counted due to USPS SNAFU

Because my family had to quarantine for two weeks leading to the Primary, my mother and I both applied for and received advanced ballots.

After filling out and signing out ballots, I dropped them off together at the drop box at the Downtown Lawrence post office on August 1.

The ballots should have gone from Lawrence to the Shawnee Mission sorting facility, then to Oskaloosa for delivery to the Jefferson County Clerk.

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local politics Politics

GOP Primary 2020

For this year’s primary election, I did not go to the polling place on Tuesday. Because of a COVID-related quarantine, I elected to receive a mail-in advance ballot. I mailed the ballot in on August 1st.

There were only two contested races on my primary ballot. Both of the contested races were won by my preferred candidate.

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Trio of Late Amtrak trains

My exploits capturing a series of late Amtrak trains in late June and early July of 2020

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highways

KDOT Contract Lettings: July, 2020

There are 13 projects up for bids in July, including signage replacement along US 50 and K-61 in Reno County.

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railroad

Makin’ my way to Newton

Following up from my trip to Wedel Acres a couple of weeks ago… after leaving Wedel Acres, I pointed my Subaru west on US 50 and headed toward Newton.

While in Newton, I went browsing through the local antique dealerships (mask on, of course). The first one happened to be trackside, and just as I was entering the first store, I heard the familiar sound of a crossing signal activating. I turned back outside to catch a westbound manifest with a little bit of color within the power.

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Saturday Morning at Wedel Acres

This past weekend, after seeing pictures and discussion on Facebook about Wedel Acres in Peabody, I finally decided to check it out.

Peabody is located just northeast of Newton in Marion County just off of US 50. It is also where the BNSF La Junta Sub crosses the UP [née Rock Island] Lost Springs Sub.

A fellow railfan named Dwight Wedel was able to acquire a small tract of land on the southeast side of the BNSF/UP crossing and has constructed a replica train station.