MOLOKAI CELEBRATES COMPLETION OF HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

March 2, 2009, 1:11 PM HST · Updated March 2, 5:24 PM
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molokai_large_01Molokai celebrated the completion of three recent improvement projects on the Maunaloa and Kamehameha V highways.State Senator J. Kalani English who chairs the Senate Transportation committee, said an investment of more than $18 million not only improves safety and drivability, but creates more jobs.

Work included the replacement of the Kawaikapu Bridge and two major resurfacing projects from Waialua to Halawa, and Kaunakakai to Hoolehua. The road resurfacing spans more than 10 miles of road on the island.

At the end of this month, the state will begin a guardrail and shoulder improvement project along the Kamehameha V highway that will accommodate new 4-foot-wide paved shoulders.

The state Department of Transportation also began work in January 2009 on a resurfacing project on Kamehameha V Highway from Kaunakakai to Oneali`i, which includes resetting of guardrails and replacement of highway signs. Also in January, the state began restriping the pavement and replacing reflective pavement markers at various locations along Kamehameha V Highway and Maunaloa Highway to increase safety and visibility on the roadways.

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“There is more work on the way,” said Brennon Morioka, director of the Department of Transportation.“These are projects the community has been asking for and we are happy to deliver,” he said.

At the end of March, the state DOT will begin a guardrail and shoulder improvement project along Kamehameha V Highway. This will accommodate new 4-foot wide paved shoulders on both sides of the highway with new white edge lines and reflective pavement markers.

(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009) (Information & image courtesy:Hawaii Department of Transportation)

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