For decades City of Hays staff and community leaders have been attempting to overcome the logistical challenges in the North Vine Street corridor. The corridor, between 32nd/33rd Streets and I-70 was not designed to accommodate the amount of traffic currently experienced. This leads to impeded traffic flow, accidents, as well as frustrated drivers and business owners.
A few concepts have been developed in the past that would fix some or all of the traffic issues in the corridor, but most are too expensive or would require extensive condemnation on the City’s part.
City staff and engineers have been working with Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) on a concept that will replace the traffic signals in the corridor with roundabouts. This, along with some other changes in the corridor will improve traffic flow and reduce the number and severity of accidents. It will allow for better flow to and from businesses and accommodate future redevelopment in the area. Design is complete and KDOT will open construction bids on March 25, 2020 for construction during 2020 and 2021.