Hawaii Celebrates Phase I of Highway Project Completion

Sat May 23, 2009 - West Edition
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Officials from the state Department of Transportation (DOT) were joined by Senator J. Kalani English, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company President William Wilson and Representative Cindy Evans March 31, for the dedication of Phase I of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway Widening project.

Officials from the state Department of Transportation (DOT) were joined by Senator J. Kalani English, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company President William Wilson, and Representative Cindy Evans today, for the dedication of Phase I of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway Widening project.

The project, which broke ground in September of 2005, was designed to widen the existing roadway from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway and to add a number of improvements to improve the carrying capacity of the roadway and make it safer and more accessible.

“We’re confident that motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians will find a safer and more efficient commute through this area than they did in the past,” said DOT Director Brennon Morioka. “In addition to the extra lanes, we also have improved lighting on the roadway, improved bicycle lanes, and better sidewalks.”

The improvements also include additional turning lanes, interconnectivity and synchronization of traffic signals to improve traffic flow through the highway, improved drainage facilities, and additional pedestrian crosswalks with countdown signals.

The contractor, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company Inc. completed Phase I of the Queen Kaahumanu Widening Project at a cost of $45.9 million.