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KDOT Lettings: March 2021

Here are the projects that are being let at the March 2021 KDOT letting.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount. KDOT did not put out a press release with the awarded bids for the March letting, but did put out one for the April letting on May 18 which included awarded bids for March. Most of the bids were published on their websiteThe approved bids found on the website will be noted in red. The approved bids announced in the May 18 press release will be noted in blue.

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KDOT Lettings: February 2021

Included in the February lettings are two major construction projects in south-central Kansas.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in releases on March 10. The approved bids announced on March 10 will be noted in red.

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General

KLWN’s 70th Birthday

Today is the 70th Birthday of KLWN. During this morning’s broadcast, my name and this website was dropped. So, if you came here to see the history of KLWN, you can find it here.

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KDOT Lettings: January 2021

The inauguration of President-elect Biden is not the only thing scheduled for January 20. It will also be the scheduled day for the monthly KDOT lettings. Included in the January lettings are several bridge replacements and signage upgrades, as well as a new roundabout in Kansas City.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in releases on February 5. The approved bids announced on February 5 will be noted in red.

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KDOT Lettings: December 2020

There is a total of 30 projects in the December lettings, most of which are maintenance projects.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT on January 7, 2021 and February 5, 2021. The approved bids announced on January 7 will be noted in red. The approved bid announced on February 5 will be noted in blue.

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Where there are snow and trains

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a train watching story on here, so I figure it was time to do so.

My last trip train-watching was a productive afternoon on the first weekend of January. The only regret was the fact that I did not realize that KU had a game that afternoon (a home loss to Texas)

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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.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in releases on November 5 and December 10. The approved bids announced on November 5 will be noted in red. The approved bids announced on December 10 will be noted in red.

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KDOT Lettings: November 2020

The November highway lettings mainly consist of maintenance projects, along with a couple of bridge replacements.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in a release on December 10. The approved bids announced on November 5 will be noted in red.

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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 and November 5. The approved bids announced on October 7 will be noted in red. The approved bids announced on November 5 will be noted in blue.

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General Election 2020

I share who I voted for of my own free will. No incentive or consideration has been made to share my voting selections.

I made it out to the polling place for the 2020 general election at about 11:30. I was ballot number 181.

President: I cannot stand Donald Trump. In 2016, I couldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton, either, and went third-party. (knowing full well that Trump was likely to take Kansas, which he did) I had no qualms about voting for Joe Biden this year. Trump is still likely to take Kansas.

US Senate: Clarance Oveur… I mean, Pat Roberts… is retiring. I went with Republican Roger Marshall over Democrat Barbara Bollier. Had Kris Kobach won the primary, Bollier would have gotten my nod. Although Bollier had the fundraising advantage leading into the General, Marshall will likely carry his home territory in the 1st Congressional district. (The ‘Big First’ has also moved Bob Dole, Roberts, and our other current Senator, Jerry Moran) The Balance will likely be in Shawnee and Sedgwick Counties.

US House, District 2: I voted for Jake LaTurner. Although I think Michelle De La Isla will fare well in Shawnee and Douglas Counties, I doubt that her credentials as the current Mayor of Topeka will fare well in the rural districts.

Kansas House, District 47: I expect the incumbent, Republican Ron Ellis, to easily carry the house district.

Kansas Senate, District 2: Even though she is a Democrat, I told Marci Francisco that I would not vote against her unless I was her opponent. I did not run for the Republican nomination for this seat, and neither did anyone else.

Everything else: The State Board of Education seat, currently held by Democrat Ann Mah, was unopposed, as were all of the county and township races. Five Court of Appeals seats, along with one Supreme Court seat and one District Magistrate seat, were up for uncontested retention.