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27th snarl on city's agenda

10/17/2012

By DAWNE LEIKER

dleiker@dailynews.net

Hays city commissioners will revisit 27th Street traffic concerns last addressed in 2008 when they meet for Thursday's work session at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

The area under discussion, 27th Street from Fort to Hall streets, has seen a slight increase in traffic accidents since 2008. At a press briefing Tuesday morning, Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno said nine accidents occurred on that stretch of 27th Street in 2008. Recently, that number has increased to 11.

Accident reports from Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler noted more than half the accidents in the last three years happened between Hall Street and the first block of 27th, near Dillons entrances.

When reconfiguration of 27th was addressed in 2008, the plan was to create a three-lane configuration, which would have eliminated parking on the south side of 27th Street from Plum to Hall streets. Residents living on 27th Street at the time expressed concerns regarding the change due to lack of side street parking availability.

"That was the main issue brought up, parking, and the lack thereof on side streets," Briseno said. "That will be a major discussion point for commissioners."

Other agenda items include:

* Vehicle abatement at 1803 General Custer.

* Discussion of redevelopment of the former depot area on 10th Street near Walnut.