27th St Project


Construction to Change, May 31, 2022

Traffic Control will change on Tuesday, May 31st and demolition will start on Wednesday, June 1st.

22-05-31 Traffic Control Map

Beginning Tuesday, May 31, 2022, the City’s contractor will begin reconstructing the north side of 27th Street between Lincoln Drive and Fort Street.  During this phase of construction, traffic will be switched onto the new pavement along the south side of 27th Street and will be one-way eastbound.   This phase of construction is expected to take about two months.  The map provided shows the section of 27th Street that will be under construction during this phase.

Contact the Office of Project Management at 785 628-7350 or Paul-Wertenberger Construction at 785 625-8220 with questions.   

John Braun, Project Manager



27th Street Traffic Configuration

As the weather turns colder, the contractor reconstructing 27th Street will button things up for a winter shut-down.  By November 24, 2021, 27th Street will be reopened to unrestricted traffic and all adjacent residents will have full access to their properties.  Construction will resume in the spring of 2022 to finish out the rest of the project all the way to Fort Street.  The map below shows the section of 27th Street that will be completed by the winter shutdown and the remaining section to be completed next construction season. 

Work force availability and other factors did not allow Paul-Wertenberger Construction to complete the project by the original schedule date of November 17th.  

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

Winter Shutdown


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.