Geotechnical examinations of Keaau-Pahoa Road (Highway 130) to take place during the month of August

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 in Highways News, Main, News

HILO – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies Hawaii Island motorists of temporary traffic modifications to Keaau-Pahoa Road (Highway 130) between Shower Drive and Ainaloa Boulevard. Lane shifts will be in place beginning Wednesday, August 1, 2018, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., for geotechnical core drilling work.

The core sampling along the corridor is in preparation for design of the Keaau-Pahoa Road Operational and Safety Improvements Project and is expected to continue throughout the month of August. The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 35 mph for the duration of the examinations. Roadwork is weather permitting.

Geotechnical examinations will inform the scope and estimated cost of the Keaau-Pahoa Road Operational and Safety Improvements Project. HDOT previously held an AM contraflow trial on Keaau-Pahoa Road in April 2018 to determine operational impacts of a Hilo-bound AM contraflow lane.

HDOT advises motorists to follow all traffic control signs, allow for extra travel time and to drive with caution when entering the work zone area. For an up to date list of our roadwork schedule, please view the HDOT website at