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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.

Friday
Jul012016

KAHANA DRIVE BRIDGE RESTORATION PROJECT COMPLETED

HONOKA‘A, July 1, 2016 – The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that the Kahana Drive Bridge repair and restoration project has been completed.  The Kahana Drive Bridge No. 46, located mauka of Highway 19 on Kahana Drive is now open to the traveling public.

The repair work involved the rehabilitation of the original bridge structure replacing the old timber components with new wood preservative treated components. 

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works would like to thank the community and motorists for their patience, understanding and support throughout the repair and restoration project.

picture of Kahana Drive Bridge after restoration workKahana Drive Bridge No. 46

Friday
Jun032016

HAKALAU BRIDGE ON KANNA ROAD NOW OPEN

HAKALAU, June 3, 2016 – The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that the Hakalau Bridge repair and restoration project has been completed.  The Hakalau Bridge is located mauka of Highway 19 on Kanna Road, between Chin Chuck Road and Kaiwiki-Homestead Road is now open to the traveling public. 

The repair work involved the rehabilitation of the original bridge structure replacing the old timber components with new wood preservative treated components. 

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works would like to thank the community and motorists for their patience, understanding and support throughout the repair and restoration project.

picture of Hakalau Bridge before repairsBEFORE

Picture of Hakalau Bridge after repairsAFTER

Friday
May272016

INSTALLATION OF RIGHT TURN LANE ON KUAULI ROAD COMPLETED

KURTISTOWN, May 27, 2016 – The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that the installation of a right turn lane on Kuauli Road where it intersects the Volcano Highway (makai side) heading towards Kea‘au has been completed.

The project included the widening of the approach to intersection, paving, striping, and signage improvements.  The new lane makes turning onto the highway safer for motorists and helps reduce traffic congestion at the intersection.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works would like to thank the community and motorists for their patience, understanding and support throughout the improvement project. 

 picture of work area before improvemnets

 picture of completed work area