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Tuesday
Feb212017

WAIKA’ALULU GULCH BRIDGE REPAIR ON KA’APAHU ROAD

The Waika’alulu Gulch Bridge No.44-6 (TMK:4-4-009:009) located mauka of Highway 19 on Ka’apahu Road, near the intersection with Apelanama Road, will be closed for repair work between the hours of at 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. beginning on Monday, February 27, 2017 through Wednesday, March 1, 2017, weather and construction conditions permitting. The bridge will re-open the end of each workday by 2:00 p.m.  Motorist are advised to use alternate routes during the bridge closure hours.

The repair work involves the rehabilitation of the existing bridge structure which includes replacing the old timber components with new wood preservative treated components. 

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.  If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

Location Map of Waikaalulu Gulch Bridge

Wednesday
Jan252017

MĀMALAHOA HIGHWAY ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS (Iona Court to Mana Road)

The County of Hawai‘i  Department of Public Works Highways Division will begin resurfacing work on the Māmalahoa Highway beginning at Iona Court and proceeding towards Mana Road on Monday, January 23, 2017 to approximately Friday, February 3, 2017.  Work is scheduled approximately between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather and construction condition permitting, and it may be occasionally modified to facilitate the work.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution as heavy vehicles will be in the work zone.  Alternating lane closures will be in effect and at a minimum, one lane of travel (for two way traffic) will be provided at all times through the construction area.  Special off-duty police officers will be posted in the area to facilitate traffic movement.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding. 

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

map of resurfacing work area. Iona Court to Mana Roadmap of work area. Iona Court to Mana Road

Monday
Nov282016

Komohana St. Reconstruction Project Update - Nov. 28, 2016

The Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works and its contractor Yamada and Sons, Inc. is continuing reconstruction work on the Komohana Street roadway and is currently proceeding from Punahele Street towards Waiānuenue Avenue.

The Contractor’s working hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  According to the Contractor, they will be completing the roadway reconstruction work (excavation, sub base, paving) by the end of the year.  The subcontract work (traffic signals, striping, signage, guardrail adjustments) will follow thereafter with total project completion by early 2017.  The Contractor can be contacted for any additional questions regarding their schedule and timelines.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution as heavy vehicles and machinery will be in the work zone.  Alternate lane closures will be in effect and at a minimum, one lane of travel in each direction will be provided at all times through the construction area for the duration of the project.

Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call Yamada and Sons, Inc. at (808) 933-8434

Monday
Nov072016

Southern Segment of Kona’s Māmalahoa Highway Bypass Opened on Friday, November 4

The long-awaited 2.2-mile southern segment of the Māmalahoa Highway Bypass, which will provide relief to motorists traveling in South Kona, was opened to the public on Friday, November 4.

The bypass is located midway between the shoreline and Māmalahoa Highway. The northern segment of the bypass starts at the southern edge of Keauhou and runs approximately 3.5 miles to the bottom of Haleki‘i Street below Kealakekua’s Kona Scenic subdivision.

This new southern segment extends the roadway, which the Hawai’i County Council named Ali’i Drive, another 2.2 miles from Kealakekua to a new signalized intersection with Māmalahoa Highway in Nāpo’opo’o.

A large portion of the South Kona community works in either North Kona or South Kohala and commutes daily along Māmalahoa Highway. The two-lane bypass gives motorists an alternate route between North and South Kona.

Completing the Māmalahoa Highway Bypass was one of Mayor Kenoi’s priorities upon taking office in 2008. The Mayor was personally involved in talks with Kona residents to ensure that this bypass helps meet the critical need for transportation infrastructure in West Hawai‘i.


 

Māmalahoa Highway Bypass Timeline

  • 1960 – A Māmalahoa Relief Highway was first envisioned in “A Plan For Kona,” a document prepared with community input for the State Planning Office. The plan was transmitted to the Hawai‘i County Board of Supervisors, the predecessor of today’s Hawai‘i County Council.
  • 1996 ­– In rezoning the area that would become Hōkūli‘a, County ordinances formalized the developer’s agreement with the community to complete the Māmalahoa Highway Bypass from Keauhou to Captain Cook.
  • 1999 – The Environmental Impact Statement for the Māmalahoa Highway Bypass was completed. Developer 1250 Oceanside Partners broke ground on the Hōkūli‘a development, the first phase of which included the northern segment of the road.
  • 2008 – The County proposed a number of improvements prior to the opening of the northern segment of the Māmalahoa Highway Bypass. Improvements included work along Ali‘i Drive, along Haleki‘i Street, and on Māmalahoa Highway. These improvements allowed residents to benefit immediately from the northern segment of the bypass before the southern segment was completed.
  • March 2009 – Under a grant of easement in anticipation of dedicating the road to the County, the northern segment of the Māmalahoa Highway Bypass opened to limited traffic – one lane southbound from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. on weekdays only. On March 10, the first day it was open, 650 vehicles took the drive from Keauhou to Kealakekua.
  • June 2010 – The Māmalahoa Highway Bypass between Keauhou and Haleki‘i Street opened to northbound and southbound traffic from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., 7 days a week.
  • 2012 – The northern segment of the Māmalahoa Highway Bypass and the .8-mile portion of Haleki‘i Street makai of Muli Street was dedicated to the County.
  • January 2013 – The Māmalahoa Highway Bypass opened daily, 24 hours a day. Restrictions on vehicle types and sizes were removed.
  • November 2013 – The Hawai‘i County Council passed a resolution regarding the Māmalahoa Highway Bypass, naming it Ali‘i Drive.
  • July 2014 – Ground was broken for the southern segment of the bypass.
  • November 4, 2016 – The 2.2-mile southern segment of Māmalahoa Highway Bypass opens, completing Ali‘i Drive from Kailua to Nāpo’opo‘o.

PICTURES COURTESY OF AARON STENE

 

Wednesday
Aug102016

Hōkūli‘a / Māmalahoa Bypass Road Update AUG. 5, 2016

 Pictures courtesy of Aaron Stene.

The  Hōkūli‘a / Māmalahoa Bypass Road is in process of paving and the installation of guard rails.  The Nāpo’opo’o Road/ Māmalahoa Highway Intersection is bustling with work.  Isemoto Contracting is pushing forward to complete the project.  The retaining wall has been completed and HELCO has relocated the utility poles and wires.  Hawaiian Telcom is in process of moving their utlity wires and  Oceanic Time Warner will follow.  Once the utilities are relocated, the last phase of work including paving, sidewalks, installation of traffic signals, striping and signage will commence.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works thanks the community for their patience and understanding.