City of Hays Project Manager John Braun will give a presentation on street improvements on Vine Street at the Hays City Commission work session Thursday at City Hall, 1507 Main.

The North Vine Street Corridor Project, as it’s called, is a project to improve Vine Street from 32nd Street to the intersection of 41st Street and Mopar.

Funding is from a $6.06 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The timeline Braun will present Thursday calls for delivery of final plans by WSP engineers in November 2019 and bid opening in April 2020.

The City of Hays will host an open house Tuesday evening with information on the project, including proposed solutions on the controversial concept of a roundabout.

The open house is 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at The Venue at Thirsty’s, 2704 Vine St., with refreshments served.

A press release on the open house, said City of Hays staff and transportation engineers will be on hand with detailed models of proposed changes to “show the capabilities of roundabouts and how they improve safety for vehicles and pedestrians.”

City planners say the area was not designed to accommodate the current volume of traffic. City staff and engineers have been working with KDOT on a concept that would replace the traffic signals in the corridor with roundabouts with the goal to improve traffic flow, reduce the number and severity of accidents, allow for better flow to and from businesses, and accommodate future redevelopment in the area.

Vine Street corridor traffic simulation videos and traffic studies can be found at www.haysusa.com. For more information on the open house call City Hall at (785) 628-7320.