HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $15.5 million for various capital improvement projects for Department of Transportation (DOT) highways and facilities.
“These funds will allow priority repair and maintenance projects to move forward, improve safety along our state highways, and in the process give a boost to our economy through job growth in construction,” Gov. Abercrombie said.
Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor. Maui County will see $3.9 million dollars to tackle two very large projects. Maui County projects are highlighted in bold type:
$3,800,000 – Kuamoo Road Slope Stabilization, Vicinity of Wailua State Park, Kauai – Design and construction funds for slope stabilization measures to mitigate rockfall incidents.
$2,340,000 – Miscellaneous Permanent Best Management Practices, Oahu – Additional construction funds to meet stormwater runoff permitting requirements as set forth by the state Department of Health (DOH) for various highway locations. These best management practices will allow DOT to address the DOH permit conditions and reduce erosion within the highways right-of-way and adjacent areas, as well as improving water quality in various watersheds.
$2,340,000 – Hana Highway Improvements, Phase 2A, Huelo to Hana, Maui – Additional design and construction funds for slope stabilization of the roadway embankment at Milepost 13, Special Management Area permit requirements, archaeological reports, mitigation via Historic American Buildings Survey documentation, and public informational meetings. This project will include road improvements and restoration to the 32-mile length of roadway, which is the only paved all-weather road to the Hana and Keanae communities. Existing drainage facilities will also be improved to decrease maintenance costs and will provide a safer roadway.
$2,000,000 – Slope Improvements for Erosion Control at Various Sites, Phase 6, Oahu – Construction funds for erosion control mitigation measures, including vegetative swales, filtering systems and detention ponds for DOT Highway facilities.
$1,650,000 – Haleakala Highway Intersection Improvements at Kula Highway, Maui – Design and construction funds to reduce traffic at the intersection by installing a right turn lane and upgrading the traffic signal system.
$410,000 – Pedestrian Countdown Timers, Phase II, Oahu – Construction funds for improvement of various pedestrian facilities to increase pedestrian safety and to comply with current design standards.
$400,000 – Kaumualii Highway, Intersection Improvements at Waimea Canyon Drive and Menehune Road/Halepule Road, Kauai – Design funds for the installation of new traffic signals, utility relocations and construction of auxiliary turning lanes and associated roadway improvements at both intersections.
$355,000 – Kamehameha Highway, Traffic Operational Improvements, Vicinity of Lumiaina Street, Oahu – Design and additional construction funds for improved traffic flow in the area by constructing an additional left-turn lane from Lumiaina Street onto Kamehameha Highway. The traffic signal system at the intersection will also be modified to accommodate the additional lane.
$250,000 – Waimea Baseyard Wastewater Systems, Hawaii Island – Additional design and construction funds for a new wastewater system to comply with DOH and Environmental Protection Agency requirements.
$160,000 – Kamehameha Highway, Rehabilitation of Waipilopilo Stream Bridge, Oahu – Land funds for three permanent easements and 10 temporary construction parcels near Hauula Beach Park for the bridge rehabilitation project. Built in 1932, the bridge does not meet current design standards, vehicular load requirements or seismic criteria. The scope of work includes widening the existing bridge, roadway improvements, utility relocation, upgrading bridge end posts, and guardrail connections and end treatments to meet the current design standards.
$157,000 – Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and Motorcycle License Testing Facility, Oahu – Design funds for a new testing facility for CDL and motorcycle license. The current facility at Aloha Stadium will be displaced by the Honolulu Area Rapid Transit project.
$47,000 – Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Intersection Improvements at Kawaihae Road, Hawaii Island – Additional land and design funds to construct a new dedicated right turn lane, increase existing turn lane storage lengths, and install a new acceleration lane at the intersection. Unanticipated archaeological sites were encountered during the design of this project and an archaeological survey was required. Land funds are being used to acquire three zoned agricultural parcels from the Queen Emma Foundation for this project, required for the new highway.
$45,000 – Kalanianaole Highway Improvements, Vicinity of Hawaii Kai Drive to Keahole Street, Oahu – Additional construction funds to improve traffic flow at the intersection. Additional construction funds are needed due to delays and impact costs including additional excavation of soft soil discovered during construction, installation of fiber optic utility lines, and the replacement of drainage pipes in the construction area.
$5,000 – Nimitz Highway Bike Improvements, Puuhale Road to Waiakamilo Road, Oahu – Design funds for highway bike improvements to existing bicycle facilities by incorporating bike accommodations on the inbound and outbound lanes of Nimitz Highway and extending the existing bike lanes from Waiakamilo Road to Puuhale Road.