Announcements

PROJECT UPDATE: Week of August 21, 2017

The Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, Phase 2 Widening project is scheduled to transition traffic to the new makai pavement beginning the night of Wednesday, August 23rd, at 9:00 PM with work expected to last thru the afternoon of Thursday, August 24th, until 4:00 PM.  All vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic will be shifted to the new makai pavement from South of Hulikoa Drive intersection to North of Kona International Airport.

Minor traffic delays may be expected along Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and the side streets as this transition occurs.  Please be attentive to all traffic control devices, flaggers, and police officers during this time.

Following the traffic change, the existing mauka highway between Keahole Airport Road and Hulikoa Drive will be closed to public traffic.

Please continue to help us keep motorists, bikers, pedestrians, and our workers safe by respecting the posted work zone speeds.  

 

PROJECT UPDATE: Week of August 7, 2017

Construction Progress:

Work completed since last update:

  • Formed and poured concrete swales from Hina Lani to Kaloko Pond Road.

  • Completed grading and paved bottom lifts of asphalt at both Keahole Airport Road and OTEC intersection.

  • Paved shoulder top lift along north makai segment.

  • Installed drainage structures and street light footings along the south mauka segment.

  • Activated the temporary traffic signals at Kealakehe intersection.

Upcoming new work:

  • Subgrade, aggregate base course grading, and asphalt paving to continue south of Hulikoa.

  • Guardrail, temporary striping, and post mounted sign installation on the north makai segment.

Upcoming Traffic Transition:

The traffic transition is expected to occur at the end of August.  The date of the transition will be posted to the website in the near future.  Message boards will be placed along the highway and side roads in advance of the traffic transition, alerting the public to this future change.

In anticipation of the upcoming traffic transition, please refer to the Construction and Traffic Control Stage 3 diagram below.

The Northbound traffic leaving Kona will shift from the existing pavement to the new pavement between Hina Lani and Hulikoa Drive.  The Northbound traffic will shift back to the existing pavement north of the Keahole Airport Road.

The Southbound traffic heading toward Kona will shift from the existing pavement to the new pavement north of Keahole Airport Road.  The Southbound traffic will shift back to the existing pavement at the paved crossover between Hulikoa Drive and Hina Lani. 

Please continue to help us keep motorists, bikers, pedestrians, and our workers safe by respecting the posted work zone speeds.  In addition, please remember the new asphalt paving in the North segment of the project is still an active work zone. For your own safety, this area is currently closed to the general public for all vehicular traffic and all exercising, including walking, biking, and jogging.

 

 

PROJECT UPDATE: Week of July 24, 2017

The recent construction work at Keahole Airport Road was completed safely and ahead of schedule.  A big thank you to the Kona International Airport at Keahole, Hawaii Police Department – Special Duty Police Officers, Grace Pacific LLC Paving & Asphalt Plant Crew, Goodfellow Brothers Inc. employees, and all the other companies and personnel involved in the planning and construction of the intersection to help ensure the work was completed as quickly and safely as possible.  No other major delays are expected at the Airport intersection for the next several weeks.  Most importantly, thank you to the community for keeping our crews safe and tolerating the traffic delays created by the necessary construction activities.

OTEC intersection will be under construction starting Monday, July 24th thru Wednesday, July 26th.  Motorists, bikers and pedestrians entering or exiting the OTEC/NELHA area can expect minor delays in their commute as a result of the planned work.   Please follow all posted traffic control signs and flaggers during this time.

Temporary traffic signals at the Kealakehe intersection are scheduled to be activated Tuesday, July 25th and the existing traffic signals will be removed.  Motorists, bikers and pedestrians traveling through the area can expect minor delays and traffic shifts through Friday, July 28th.

Work impacting traffic flow is planned in advance to be expedited as quickly and safely as possible.  Please continue to help us keep motorists, bikers, pedestrians, and our workers safe by respecting the posted work zone speeds.  In addition, please remember the new asphalt paving in the North segment of the project is still an active work zone. This area is closed to the general public for any exercising – walking, biking, jogging, and vehicular traffic for your own safety.

PROJECT UPDATE: Week of July 17, 2017

All mainline gravity sewer, reclaimed water, and waterline utility work along the new highway has been completed through the project, leaving laterals that cross the existing highway to be completed in future project stages.  Concrete swales will continue to be formed and poured throughout the South makai segment of the project over the next several weeks. Temporary paving in preparation for traffic transition on the makai North segment of the project is scheduled to be paved over the next two weeks completing all base asphalt placements in this area. Temporary roadway striping has been partially completed on the North segment of the project and will resume after paving is completed on the North segment of the project.

Installation of drainage structures, street light foundations, and street light/traffic signal conduit packages will continue in the South segment of the project on the mauka side of the existing highway. Work will continue on this side of the road for the next several weeks.  Please be aware of the steel plates and traffic control in the shoulders and travel or exercise safely to keep both our workers and community members safe.

Construction activities at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park entrance road will be completed July 17th, and the Visitor Center will be re-opened July 18th.  We apologize for the inconvenience and extended work duration in the area.

The Keahole Airport Road intersection is scheduled for demolition and construction July 17th through July 21st. The traffic signal will be flashing yellow lights and traffic flow through the intersection and in/out of the Airport will be controlled by police officers/flaggers 24 hours a day. Work at this intersection is expected to affect traffic on Queen Ka’ahumanu highway and delays are expected entering/exiting Kona International Airport July 18th through July 20th. Please help GBI keep the community and our workers safe by adhering to all posted construction speed limits and using extra caution when traveling through this area.

Construction is scheduled at the OTEC intersection July 24th through July 28th. Work at this intersection should have minor impacts on Queen Ka’ahumanu highway traffic but will delay traffic flow in and out of the OTEC/NELHA area.

Continue to check the website for updates regarding construction effects on traffic flow over the next several weeks. Please continue to help us keep motorists, pedestrians, and our workers safe by respecting the posted work zone speeds. As an additional reminder, please remember the new asphalt paving in the North segment of the project and is still an active work zone. This area is closed to the general public for any exercising – walking, biking, jogging, and vehicular traffic for your own safety.

PROJECT UPDATE: Week of June 12, 2017

All main road subgrade, aggregate base course, and asphalt paving has been completed in the North segment of the project with the exception of the Keahole Airport and OTEC intersection.  In the South segment of the project, the makai concrete swales have been graded and scheduled to be formed and concrete poured starting later this week. The sewer force main installation is complete up to the existing highway crossing location just north of Honokohau Street where a lateral will be installed in the near future.  Temporary traffic signals are being installed at the Kealakehe intersection over the next few weeks.  This work should have minimal to no effect on Queen Ka’ahumanu highway traffic.

Installation of drainage structures, street light foundations, and street light/traffic signal conduit packages has been started in the South segment of the project on the mauka side of the existing highway.  Work is scheduled to continue on this side of the road for several weeks, please be aware of steel plates in the shoulders and drive safely to keep both our workers and community members safe.

Due to improvements to the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway fronting the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, the entrance road and Visitor Center will be closed from approximately June 19th - July 2nd, 2017. This closure may be extended if required but currently not anticipated.  Other areas of the Park remain OPEN!  Message boards have been placed along the highway as an additional reminder.  The National Park entrance road and Visitor Center will be re-opened for public use on July 3rd, 2017. We apologize for the inconvenience but the closure is necessary based on the depth of trenching required to run the utilities through the existing road.  Please plan accordingly.

Please continue to help us keep motorists, pedestrians, and our workers safe by respecting the posted work zone speeds.  As an additional reminder, please remember the freshly paved asphalt is still in an active work zone.  This road is closed to the general public for any exercising – walking, biking, or jogging, and vehicular traffic for your own safety.

 

PROJECT UPDATE: Week of May 22, 2017

All concrete retaining walls on the project have been completed and backfilled.  Gravity sewer and reclaimed utility mainline installation has been completed excluding a small portion at the National Park.  The mainline for both these utilities are expected to be completed in the near future through coordination with the National Park Services.  Please continue to check the website for future updates regarding this upcoming work.  Sewer force main fragmentation completed this past week, allowing crews to begin excavation and installation of the two force main pipes north of Honokohau Harbor.

North of the Hulikoa Intersection, roadway subgrade and aggregate base course grading has been completed to the Airport excluding Airport and OTEC intersection work.  Final preparation of the aggregate base course has been completed this past weekend, allowing asphalt paving to begin Monday, May 22nd.   Asphalt base will be placed over the aggregate base from Hulikoa to the end of the project throughout the next three weeks.  Asphalt paving operations will require a large amount of construction semi-trucks traveling in and out of the project area. Motorists please use extra caution and patience when driving along the project.  Additionally, construction activities will soon be occurring near both the Airport and OTEC intersections.  Please be aware of the traffic signs alerting of this work as well as other related construction traffic.

While paving continues, crews will focus on completing the street light and traffic signal utilities on the South segment of the project and begin preparation of the roadway subgrade.  Concrete swale construction on the South segment of the project will begin as the utility work begins to wrap up.  A small crew will be working on the mauka side of the highway near the National Park entrance to get ahead on drywell installation required in upcoming construction stages.

Please continue to help us keep motorists, pedestrians, and our workers safe by respecting the posted work zone speed limits. As a reminder, a large number of construction related semi-trucks will be driving in and out of the project site and merging with Queen K traffic, please continue to be alert and drive safely during this time.

 

PROJECT UPDATE: Week of May 8, 2017

All concrete retaining walls on the project will be completed this coming week, allowing utility and roadway construction to progress on both the North and South segments of the project. The multiple underground utility crossings on the project at Kealakehe Parkway near Honokohau Harbor were completed in early April. Gravity sewer and reclaimed utility installation has progressed from Hina Lani to the National Park Entrance. Hulikoa has been built into a 4-way signalized intersection allowing the public to access Kohanaiki development and Pine Trees Beach.

North of Hulikoa Intersection, crews will finalize roadway subgrade and continue to place and finish geogrid and aggregate base course in preparation for paving. Permanent traffic signal poles will also be installed throughout this portion of the project. South of Hulikoa intersection crews will focus on waterproofing and backfilling completed retaining wall structures, cutting concrete swales to grade, forming and pouring concrete swales, progressing all three sewer utilities, and continuing the installation of temporary traffic signals.

Once roadway grading North of Hulikoa intersection is completed, we anticipate to begin paving that portion of the road around early June. Once paving begins increased work activity can be expected at Keahole Airport Road and OTEC. Please continue to check the website for updates regarding intersection specific closures, traffic changes and or expected delays, and paving dates.

Please continue to help us keep motorists, pedestrians, and our workers safe by respecting the posted work zone speed limits. The project site is closed to the general public so please plan exercise routes accordingly to help keep the community safe.

 

PROJECT UPDATE: Week of April 10, 2017

The State DOT and Goodfellow Bros., Inc. (GBI) would like to notify our fellow community members that a new traffic signal will become active at the intersection of the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and Hulikoa Drive (Pine Tree Café / Matsuyama Market) on Tuesday April 11th, around 10:00 AM.

Starting Monday April 10th, the traffic signal will be flashing yellow for all highway motorists and flashing red to all Hulikoa Drive motorists for 24 hours before actually controlling traffic flow. For safety, please expect slowdowns in the general traffic flow through the intersection in comparison to the current traffic flow we are all accustom to.

Construction crews will be working on the highway Monday night (April 10th) re-striping the intersection changing the layout to accommodate the traffic signal. Southbound Highway merging lanes will not be accessible until the traffic signal is activated and local Police Officers will be directing the traffic flow.

Once the traffic signal is activated the morning of April 11th, the intersection will become a 4-way signalized intersection. All motorists entering and exiting the Kohanaiki community and beach will now use the new road at the intersection of Hulikoa Drive with the Highway. Motorists traveling to Kohanaiki from the South will no longer need to make a U-Turn at OTEC to access the area. The current Kohanaiki entrance/exit will be closed off and no longer accessible to motorists.

It is GBI’s number one priority to make the activation of this new traffic signal safe and efficient for the community we live. Please exercise extreme caution when traveling through this intersection for the next couple weeks until all of our local community has become familiar with the traffic change at the Hulikoa Drive intersection with the Highway.  

 

PROJECT UPDATE: Week of March 20, 2017

All retaining wall excavation has been completed and wall construction is progressing concurrently at all locations. Installation of drainage structures, street light and traffic signal foundations, and conduit have been completed on the makai side of Hina Lani intersection. Temporary traffic signals have been installed at the Hulikoa intersection and temporary traffic signals are currently being installed at the Hina Lani intersection.  Roadway subgrade has been completed through the Hulikoa intersection in preparation for base coarse and pavement in the coming weeks.

Crews will continue construction on the retaining walls throughout the project and place geogrid and aggregate base coarse at the Hulikoa intersection this week.  Pavement is anticipated for the Hulikoa intersection in the next two weeks.

As day construction continues to progress, we anticipate starting night work on the makai side of Kealakehe Parkway the night of March 27th.  Night crews will be constructing sewer force main, reclaimed water, and gravity sewer across Harbor road.  Please be attentive to the traffic control set up at this intersection. Traffic disturbances should be expected at Kealakehe intersection from March 27th through April 16th during the hours of 7:00PM to 5:30AM Sunday – Thursday.

As a reminder to both motorists and pedestrians, please stay off of the project site during and after work hours for your safety and our crews.  Please respect the work zone as well as the traffic control devices and use extra caution when traveling through the construction zone.

PROJECT UPDATE: Week of March 6, 2017

Work has progressed on the project as we continue the excavation and construction of retaining walls, installation of reclaimed waterline and corresponding structures, installation of drainage structures, and traffic signal and street light conduit and foundation installation.  Excavation of all project retaining walls is scheduled to be complete this week.  Leveling slabs have been poured at three (3) retaining walls, one retaining wall footing has been poured, and we continue to install rebar and form work in preparation for future concrete pours.

 Crews will continue construction of the retaining walls, begin grading and base course work at the Hulikoa Intersection, install temporary traffic signals on the existing lanes at the Hulikoa Intersection, and continue installing street light and traffic signal foundation and conduit.  Much of the construction effort will be focused between the Hulikoa intersection and the National Park entrance.

 In order to maintain a safe working environment for project personnel and the public, please continue to drive safely through the Construction Work Zone.

PROJECT UPDATE: Week of February 6, 2017

Since construction resumed on January 30, our crews have been focused on: general project maintenance; excavation and construction of retaining walls near the National Park; installation of reclaimed waterline and corresponding structures; setting traffic signal and street light foundations; and completing conduit installation at Hulikoa and Ka’iminani Drive intersections. In the near future, we plan to install drainage structures on the south side of the project while also preparing Hulikoa Drive for a four-way signalized intersection.  Additional temporary signals will be installed at Hulikoa Drive intersection in the coming weeks. This work should not affect Queen Ka’ahumanu traffic. Please check the website for future updates on the upcoming work.

Due to questions from the community, we would like to further address the recent work stoppage.  This work stoppage was not due to any discovery of iwi on the work site, and HDOT continues to work with the appropriate parties to resolve the matters detailed in January 2017 Update posted on the website.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we resume work on the highway.

PROJECT PHOTOS - Week of February 6, 2017

 

Crew installing SARV Box and Manhole Structure on the Reclaimed Waterline. 

Excavation of Retaining Wall Footing North of National Park Entrance.

Excavation of Retaining Wall Footing South of National Park entrance.

Backfill of Culvert Outlet Structure South of Ka'iminani Drive.

PROJECT UPDATE - Week of October 3, 2016

As we proceed with work on the Queen K Highway, we are aware of the upcoming Ironman World Championship that will be held on Saturday, Oct 8th here in Kailua-Kona.  We will continue to monitor our project site to ensure the safety of cyclists, motorists and other users of the highway.  We will be performing extra sweeping on the shoulders of the highway that border the Project Site.

For safety reasons, we continue to ask the public to please stay out of the construction zone.  This also includes unauthorized vehicles parking in the project site area.

As for construction progress, the job continues work near the Kealakehe intersection.  Crews have been installing the gravity sewer and reclaimed water lines.  Also, the sewer force main installation has begun. Both will continue in the upcoming weeks.  Street light and interconnect conduit installation will begin this week between the National Park and Kealakehe intersection.  In the north section of the Project, street light poles are being raised near the Keahole intersection.  We continue to complete the culvert outlet structures and anticipate pouring concrete for the remaining structures in October. 

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding while the work continues on the Queen K Highway.

 

PROJECT UPDATE - Week of September 12, 2016

Although it seems that work on the Project has slowed down a bit, we have been actively working on the underground utility work.  The utility work continues between Kealakehe intersection and the National Park entrance. 

In other areas, the crews have been working to install shallow drywells throughout the south section of the project.   Finalizing the installation of culverts continue with the completion of the outlet structures.

Thank you to everyone for the continued support and driving safely in the construction zone as we continue to prepare the highway for paving.

 

REMINDER TO THE PUBLIC -- ACTIVE WORK SITE

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding as we continue work on the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway Widening Project.

We would like to remind the public that the entire makai (ocean) side of the highway from Keahole Airport to Honokohau Harbor is an active work site and therefore OFF LIMITS to the general public.  Safety is a priority for both our workers and the public, so we ask that everyone abide by the warnings.  Please stay off the work area.

Thank you for helping keep folks safe while allowing us to continue our work on the project.

PROJECT UPDATE - WEEK OF JULY 18, 2016

Work continues throughout the entire length (makai side) of the Project site.

  • Temporary signal poles complete at Keahole, Kaiminani, and Hulikoa.  Kealakehe Parkway and Hinalani still remaining.
  • Traffic signal bases have been installed at Keahole.
  • Setting of light pole bases near Hulikoa intersection.
  • Waterline just north of the National Park entrance has been completed.
  • Interconnect lines continue to be installed on the North segment of the job.
  • The base coarse lift is scheduled to be installed in the near future with the hope of laying the first asphalt layer to follow.

Signage in and around the intersection of Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway and Kohanaiki have been placed to alert motorists of shared lane with bicyclists.

We would like to thank the community for the continued support and as a reminder, please stay off the site completely due to safety concerns. 

PROJECT UPDATE - WEEK OF MAY 15, 2016

Crews continue to progress south of Hina Lani St. with utility work.  Installation of waterline continues south of Ala Nui Kaloko Road.  Reclaimed water will continue at Hina Lani, along with gravity sewer, progressing south towards Honokohau Boat Harbor.   Signal interconnect conduit installation began this week near the north end of the project.

Crews will be switching over to the temporary signals and removing the existing permanent signals at the Ka'iminani intersection on Thursday, May 19.  There will be no impact to traffic as crews will be working outside the travel lanes.

03.30.16 - TEMPORARY SLOWDOWN IN FIELD WORK

As of March 18, 2016 Goodfellow Bros., Inc. has had to slow down construction work in the field, while working out technical details with the State regarding ongoing construction and project design approvals.  Now that these issues have been resolved, ordering of materials and construction can continue.  GBI and HDOT are working together to find ways to recover the lost time, however, the planned September 2017 completion date is not expected to be compromised.

GBI anticipates resuming the installation of temporary traffic signal systems on April 4, 2016. Work on culvert head walls, seepage wells, sewer lines, traffic signals, street light foundations, and duct lines will follow as soon as the required materials become available.