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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


  • KDOT Lettings: February 2024

    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 99-99 KA 2603-03: Reconstruction of K-99 from I-70 north 2 miles. 99-99 KA 5728-01:…

  • 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…

  • KDOT Lettings: September 2023

    Awarded bids announced on September 29 are highlighted in red. Awarded bids announced on November 6 are highlighted in blue. Federal-Aid 23 TE 0496-01: Pedestrian & bicycle paths along 11th Street from High Street to Ames Street, High Street from 2nd Street to 4th Street, and 2nd Street from Fremont Street to US 56 all…

  • KDOT Lettings: August 2023

    Approved bids announced on September 6 are highlighted in red.Approved bids announced on September 29 are highlighted in blue. Federal-Aid: 16-44 KA 7042-01: 1-inch milling and 2-inch HMA overlay on K-16/K-92 from US 59 south of Oskaloosa to the east junction of K-16 and K-92 in McLouth. Bettis Asphalt & Construction Inc., Topeka, $1,876,751.08. 35-56…

  • KDOT Lettings, July 2023

    There are 23 projects up for bids on July 19. Awarded bids announced on August 3 are highlighted in red. Awarded bids announced on September 6 are highlighted in blue Federal-Aid: 46 N 0703-01: Sidewalk improvements on Center Street between Shawnee and McKinley Streets in Gardner. Primetime Contracting Corp., Riverside, Missouri, $199,634.00. 470-89 KA 5766-01:…

  • KDOT Lettings: June 2023

    There are only 12 projects up for letting in June. The biggest one happens to be the lead-off project. Approved bids announced on June 29 are highlighted in red. Federal-Aid 24-44 KA 3542-01/24-89 KA 3236-01: Full-depth reconstruction of US 24 from Topeka Boulevard to Grantville in Shawnee and Jefferson Counties. Koss Construction, Topeka, $64,410,372.73. 70-91…

  • KDOT Lettings: May 2023

    There are 22 projects up for letting on May 24, and we lead off with a South Lawrence Trafficway related project. Awarded bids announced on June 7 are highlighted in red. Awarded bids announced on June 29 are highlighted in blue. Federal-Aid: 40-23 KA 2841-02: Reconstruct the existing SLT/6th Street (US 40) interchange as a…