Street repairs to fix failed concrete on 45th Street north of Interstate 70 can start in the next 90 days before construction of the four-story Hilton Garden Inn and conference center, according to Jacob Wood, assistant city manager for the City of Hays.
Concrete streets typically have a lifespan of about 70 years, as was the case with Eighth St., Wood said Tuesday at a press briefing ahead of the Hays City Commission work session Thursday. But 45th Street is failing after only 20 years.
The city also is reconstructing 43rd Street. Both streets are adjacent to Walmart and were paid for and put in by the retail store’s developer.
“Those streets have failed early. We’ve replaced a lot of panels,” Wood said. “We would expect that to last quite a lot longer.”
The worst of the two is 45th, he said, noting it’s also heavily traveled by a lot of trucks. The concrete has settled in ways that it shouldn’t have so that the street is wavy and rough. He speculated the problem might be with the mix design, the base, or the construction.
“We’re not really sure what really caused the issue,” Wood said. “But we do know it’s in terrible shape.”
City project manager John Braun will brief city commissioners on bids for the street reconstruction at their work session. Reconstruction costs are the responsibility of the city, Wood said.
The 45th Street reconstruction should be wrapped up by start of construction of the Hilton hotel, he said. The Hilton project has been approved, with the next step the city’s review of the building plans. Wood said if the hotel project is able to start in the Fall as planned, it will be done in about 12 months.
Reconstruction of 43rd will start with the opening of the construction season in Spring 2019, he said.
In other business for the work session:
• The Sunrise Rotary Club is asking the city commission to move up installation of an Ekey Park restroom from 2020. The club won a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and would like to contribute $10,000 to the project.
• Consider removal of an untagged vehicle and some trash and junk from the back yard of 303 W. 16th St.