By Wendy Osher
Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui released $10.7 million yesterday for the DOT Harbors Division Maui District Office.
According to Tsutsui, the funds will be used for additional design and construction for the office relocation to the Old Kahului Railroad Building along Kaʻahumanu Avenue.
The relocation is part of the Kahului Harbor Development Plan of July 2012, officials said.
The funds are part of a larger $26.4 million that was released for capital improvement projects and priority repairs for state facilities and highways.
In a press release statement, Tsutsui said the investments will increase the safety of residents and support the expansion of maritime activities, while creating jobs and stimulating the economy.
Other projects included in the funding release are as follows:
- $21,400 in safety improvements at the Interstate Route H-3 Halekou Interchange to Kāneʻohe Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi.
- $21,700 for additional design costs to upgrade existing signs on the H-1, H-2 and H201 to meet current standards.
- $198,800 for additional design costs and acquisition of drainage easements for the Inoaʻole Stream Bridge replacement project, on Kalanianaʻole Highway in the vicinity of Waimānalo.
- $4,500,000 for improvements at Pier 31 on Oʻahu. The funds are for the demolition of a shed and upgrades at Honolulu Harbor’s Pier 31 in relation to Pasha’s plans for a new larger shipping vessel.
- $11,000,000 for the state Habors Modernization Plan. State officials say these revenue bonds will provide for the demolition of structures located at Kapālama Military Reservation and construction for a new container facility.