Kamehameha Highway Resurfacing Project Invests $13 Million in Improvements

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 in Highways News, Main, News

Work to repair 13.7 lane miles, avoid peak traffic hours

HONOLULU – On Monday, June 23, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division will begin work on the Kamehameha Highway Resurfacing Project, a major New Day Work Project that, once complete, will provide a safe and smooth driving route for Central Oahu motorists. This project will repair 13.7 lane miles of roadway on Kamehameha Highway from the vicinity of Ka Uka Boulevard to the vicinity of Waihau Street.

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 guardrail 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 HDOT Interim Director Ford Fuchigami. “Resurfacing this section of Kamehameha Highway is another step in the right direction toward improving the state’s major roadways.”

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.

Since taking office, the Abercrombie Administration has released more than $3 billion for New Day Work Projects across the state. These capital improvement projects invest in state infrastructure and facilities – from highways, airports and harbors to schools and transformative technological upgrades – while propelling economic growth forward and creating job opportunities for local residents. According to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) 2014 “Construction Industry in Hawaii” report, the construction sector is expected to be one of the main engines for economic growth in 2014 and 2015.

Work Scheduled to Avoid Peak Traffic

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 over night 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.

Please be aware of changing traffic conditions and observe reduced speed limits within project construction areas.

Lane closure information will be distributed to the media, will be available on the HDOT website at hidot.hawaii.gov, and will be released through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. Please follow us for the latest information, #hitraffic, #WZAM