27th St Project

September 20th Traffic Change

27th and Hall Traffic Configuration

As construction progresses on the reconstruction of 27th Street from Hall to Fort, the construction zone will advance eastward.  On Monday, September 20th, 27th Street will be closed between Elm Street and Lincoln.  As such, 27th Street Traffic will be detoured using Canal Blvd, 23rd Street and Pershing Drive.  The closure plan and detour are shown on the map below.

The reconstruction of 27th Street from Hall to Fort will progress steadily from west to east through the remainder of the year.

Contact the Office of Project Management at 785 628-7350 with questions. 

27th Street Detour

21-09-20 Detour for PSA(2)


Project Start Image2

The next major reconstruction project for the City of Hays is 27th Street from Hall to Fort.  This particular project has been listed in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for several years now.  27th Street is a 3-lane arterial road and carries approximately 10,000 vehicles per day.  The total project length is approximately 3,780 LF.  Existing pavement is a mix of full depth asphalt and concrete overlaid with asphalt.  There is no parking on either side of 27th Street.

The intent of the project is to remove and replace all the pavement, curb & gutter, sidewalks, curb ramps, intersections, alley entrances, and driveways necessary to meet ADA requirements.  The project also includes new pavement markings; storm sewer improvements at Canal Blvd and the area adjacent to Van Doren Pond; and waterline improvements to include abandonment of an old 4” water main along Walnut from 23rd to 27th and Fire Hydrants at Hillcrest, Cottonwood and Willow.  

The 2021 Budget includes $2.9 million for the design and reconstruction of this project out of City Commission Capital Reserve with additional funds allocated from Stormwater Reserve and Water Capital. 

Bids were opened on December 22, 2020 from the four (4) bidders listed below:

  • Paul-Wertenberger Construction (Hays)        $2,376,131.60
  • Morgan Brothers Const. (LaCrosse)            $2,447,452.33
  • APAC – Kansas, Inc. (Hays)                $2,773,214.28
  • Smoky Hill Const. (Salina)                $2,822,249.18

All bids were reviewed by City Staff and Kirkham Michael Engineers.  The low bid from Paul-Wertenberger Construction in the amount of $2,376,131.60 has been determined to be the valid low bid and below the engineers estimate.  The City Commission approved the low bid on January 28, 2021.

The current schedule calls for construction to begin on or about March 22nd and be completed by November 17, 2021. 


A Preconstruction Informational Meeting was held in the City Commission Chamber at 1507 Main Street beginning at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

The meeting was live streamed on YouTube for anyone who prefers to attend virtually. The link to the recording is: https://youtu.be/xzv0pdsaROA  You can also access it by typing bit.ly/hays27 into your web browser.  Or, simply go to YouTube and search “27th Street Reconstruction”

The meeting and broadcast featured comments from the contractor (Paul-Wertenberger Construction), the City’s engineer (Kirkham Michael), and City staff.  Refer to Informational Flyer.

If you have specific questions, please email johnbraun@haysusa.com or call (785) 628-7350.