2 Oahu resurfacing projects started Monday

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Jun 18 2014 02:09:00 PM HST

Two more major road projects are about to start on Kalanianaole highway through Hawaii Kai and along Kamehameha Highway in the Millilani area.

HONOLULU -

On Monday, June 23, The Hawaii Department of Transportation began two major resurfacing projects on Oahu costing a total of $27 million.

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The Kalanianaole Highway Resurfacing Project will resconstruct and resurface 21 lane miles of roadway in East Honolulu from West Hind Drive to the vicinity of Hanauma Bay Road.  Click here for a map.

Kalanianaole Resurfacing

Kalanianaole Resurfacing

Kalanianaole Resurfacing

The project will also include utility maintenance and upgrades, road marking installations, guard rail repairs, and landscaping and irrigation improvements.

"The Kalanianaole Highway Resurfacing Project is a significant investment in East Honolulu's aging highway infrastructure," said DOT Interim Director Ford Fuchigami. "It is one of six New Day Work Projects on Oahu alone that are addressing vital transportation corridors."

Work is scheduled between the morning and afternoon rush hours to minimize disruptions and delays.  Construction began near West Hind Drive heading eastbound with two-lane closures beginning at 9 a.m.  Work will finish at 3 p.m. each day except in emergency situations.  As the project progresses, construction may start as early as 8:30 a.m. in certain sections.  Motorists are encouraged to slow down and drive with aloha through the construction zone.

The $14 million project is funded with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. It is anticipated to be completed by February 2016.

The Kamehameha Highway Resurfacing Project will repair 13.7 lane miles of roadway on Kamehameha Highway in Central Oahu from the vicinity of Ka Uka Boulevard to the vicinity of Waihau Street.  Click here for a map.

Kamehameha Highway Mililani resurfacing

Kamehameha Highway Mililani resurfacing

Kamehameha Highway Mililani resurfacing

The existing roadway was last resurfaced in 1991, but has been maintained through a consistent maintenance program throughout the past 23 years.  In addition to resurfacing and reconstruction, the project will include guard rail safety improvements, traffic signal safety modifications, pedestrian safety improvements, utility modifications, landscaping and new signage.

"This work is long-awaited by Mililani residents and will improve the quality of life for motorists using this corridor through Mililani and Waipio," said Fuchigami. "Resurfacing this section of Kamehameha Highway is another step in the right direction toward improving the state’s major roadways."

Roadwork will primarily be comprised of day work from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., however for approximately one month during the latter half of the year, there will be overnight full closures of the Kipapa Bridge.  Community members will be given at least three weeks notice prior to any night work beginning.  Residents near the Kipapa Bridge will be provided 24-hour road access during road closures.

The $13.3 million project is funded with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.  It is anticipated to be completed by the fall of 2016.

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