A Central Salina street that borders Kansas Wesleyan University will close permanently, beginning Monday.
According to the City of Salina, on Monday, August 1st, KWU’s contractor will permanently close to traffic 4th Street, between Claflin Avenue and Cloud Street.
Prior to KWU’s recent improvements, this stretch of 4th Street carried two way traffic on two roads separated by railroad tracks. In April 2015, KWU contractors temporarily closed the northbound road and diverted northbound traffic to share the southbound road. On April 24th, 2016, Salina’s City Commission voted to permanently vacate Salina’s interests in these roads and return them to KWU so KWU could beautify the area and connect their campus and athletic fields.
This section of 4th Street carried around 800 southbound and 1000 northbound vehicles per day. A Wilson & Company traffic study determined that numerous other nearby streets will easily handle the additional traffic.
Motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to get to their destinations until they become familiar with the alternate routes.