Hawaii County Department of Public Works says construction on Ka`iminani Drive in North Kona is scheduled to begin the week of October 1. Improvements will begin just below the intersection at Mamalahoa Highway (Route 190) for approximately one mile ending near Ahiahi Street. Ka’iminani Drive intersects with Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway about a half mile south of the Kona Airport.
Improvements will focus on roadway reconstruction and drainage improvements that include six-foot wide shoulders, drainage structures and swales, and driveway tie-ins on Ka`iminani to prevent a “drop-off” between the reconstructed pavement and the existing driveways, retaining walls, utility adjustment and relocation, mailbox and newspaper box relocation, road resurfacing, signs and restriping.
The contractor working with the property owners, will coordinate removal, and or trimming plants located in the County right-of-way.
The temporary relocation of postal and newspaper boxes and temporary shutdown of water and utility services will be coordinated with the U.S. Postal Service, the contractor, utility companies, property owners and County agencies.
Traffic management plans will be in place between the construction hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No weekends, holidays and nighttime work is scheduled at this time.
Jas W. Glover Ltd, the contractor was awarded the $10 million improvement project. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is funding 80 percent of the $10 million construction cost.
Construction is expected to take a year.