Announcements

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.

 

03.08.16 INSTALLATION OF UTILITIES AND DRAIN STRUCTURES CONTINUES

As of March 7th crews are in the process of digging, laying, and back filling reclaim waterline, sewer, and drain inlet structures. Installation of drain structures and miscellaneous facilities will be continuing for the next several weeks.

The installation of the traffic signal system and temporary signals will be starting in March and April, with paving start planned for May.

As a reminder, the traffic management and staging plan is broken into five (5) stages. Stages 1 and 2 involve the grading and construction of the new lanes from the north end all of the way to the south end. Traffic will transition onto the new lanes from north of Keahole Airport to south of Hulikoa Street starting in August through October of 2016. Starting in November of 2016, traffic will all be transitioned to the new travel lanes while resurfacing of the existing highway takes place. Final surfacing of the new southbound lanes will begin in May of 2017, with one lane open in the southbound direction and two lanes open on the newly resurfaced northbound lanes. 

12.22.15 WORK PROGRESSING SOUTH OF NATIONAL PARK

Work crews are now progressing south beyond the entrance to Kaloko Honokohau National Historic Park with a final push of clearing and grubbing followed by mass grading all of the way to the connection with the existing roadway on the south side of the entrance to Honokohau Boat Harbor.

Utility installation is continuing with water line proceeding south of OTEC Road at a rate of 600 feet per day. Reclaim water installation will begin subsequently, followed by sewer installation. Drop inlets and drainage structures will begin to be installed in February, followed by paving of the new southbound lanes.

Stay tuned for more updates.


12/02/15 - WORK PROGRESSING SOUTH OF HINA LANI

Effective Monday, 11.30.15, the work crews have started into the final cut of the mass excavation to establish the full sub-grade for the new widened highway. Since inception more than 76,000 cubic yards of material have been excavated from the existing ground, and slightly under 100,000 cubic yards of material have been imported from offsite to bring the low points on the makai side of the existing roadway up to sub-grade.

Utility work on the new waterline has started north of the airport on the makai side of the existing roadway and has progressed all of the way to just north of OTEC road. The team is also working on the installation of the final culvert outlets in the north segment of the project. 

 

11/10/15 - WORK PROGRESSING SOUTH OF HULIKOA INTERSECTION

Work is continuing south of Hulikoa intersection with clearing and pioneering activities now approaching the north end of the national park. Culverts are being installed from south of the airport all of the way to culvert "G", just north of Hulikoa Drive.

Crews are continuing with crushing activities to downsize boulder materials for placement into existing fill areas and to back fill drainage facilities throughout the site.

Waterline installation will begin to the south of the airport in the next week. Passersby will notice all of the waterline pipe staged throughout the site makai of the existing highway, waiting to be installed as trench is constructed.

 

WEEKLY UPDATE FOR 10/22/15

The highway is starting to take shape with work crews continuing to lay down finer material on the new south-bound lanes. The first of the largest culverts have been laid and back filled, and work on the next culverts south of the airport has commenced.  

The mass excavation of the south bound lanes has progressed to Hulikoa intersection and is continuing south.

Next week, the crews will continue with the mass excavation and will begin the installation of waterline north and south of Keahole Airport road. 

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WORK PROGRESSES SOUTH TOWARDS PINE TREES

Work crews have continued progress on the highway. Mass excavation has moved further south and is now approaching the Pine Tree entrance at Kohanaiki. Crews have started the installation of culvert extensions in the north end of the project. As culverts are installed, the new southbound roadway will begin to take shape as more fill is imported to bring the new southbound lanes up to grade.

The existing lanes remain open, but will close on Saturday for the IRONMAN event. Please use caution and watch for work crews.

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ROADWORK PROGRESS SUMMARY

The first day of earthwork was September 8, 2015 starting north of Keahole Airport and working south. Progress has been steady and effective 9/21/15 progress is now south of OTEC road. Increased truck traffic is expected on Monday, 9/28 as crews shift their attention to importing local fill material to the makai side of the existing roadway. 

The existing roadway remains open in both the north and south directions with reduced speeds to 35 miles per hour.

ROADSIDE MEMORIALS HAVE BEEN REMOVED

On September 18th, HDOT removed all roadside memorials from within the project right of way. The memorials have been stored at the HDOT North Kona Base yard, and will be saved until October 19, 2015.

Families wishing to claim the contents of a memorial should contact the project hotline or email us at: buildqueenk@goodfellowbros.com

FIRST PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING HELD

The first Public Information Meeting was held at Kealakehe High School on August 25th. A presentation was given by Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director for State Highways, and Ed Brown, Director of Operations for Goodfellow Brothers, covering all major aspects of the project and what to expect during construction. 

STATE OF HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS ISSUED CONSTRUCTION NOTICE TO PROCEED EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

KONA - Goodfellow Bros., Inc. has received Construction Notice to Proceed from the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation for Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway Widening, Phase 2, Kealakehe Parkway to Keahole Airport Road, effective September 1, 2015.

A public information meeting on what to expect during construction is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Kealakehe High School cafeteria. 

PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR QUEEN KAAHUMANU HIGHWAY WIDENING PROJECT, PHASE 2

KONA – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will be holding a public informational meeting for the Queen Kaahumanu Highway Widening Project, Phase 2, to update the community of planned construction and anticipated traffic impacts.  The meeting is scheduled at the following location and time.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
6 to 8 p.m.
Kealakehe High School Cafeteria
74-5000 Puohulihuli Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

This second phase of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway Widening project will widen the existing highway from two to four lanes over 5.2 miles from Kealakehe Parkway to the Kona International Airport.  The construction Notice-To-Proceed date is set for Sept. 1, 2015.  Representatives from HDOT, Goodfellow Bros., Inc., and SSFM International will be presenting details of the project. 

Any person with special accessibility or communication needs can call the project hotline at 1-888-440-7988 a minimum of three (3) days prior to the meeting date to ensure proper accommodations.  For information about the project, please visit the project website at www.BuildQueenK.com. 

This is a coordinated design-build project by Goodfellow Bros, Inc. and SSFM International.

HDOT BEGIN ARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA RECOVERY PHASE

Update July 20, 2015:  The field data collection and fencing were completed on 6-16-15 and we are awaiting approval of the field report.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will begin the archaeological data recovery phase of the project on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.  At the same time Goodfellow Bros. Inc. will begin installing fencing to protect all historic properties and archaeological sites during construction.

HDOT anticipates starting construction in August to September. HDOT will hold a Public Information Meeting at least thirty days before construction begins so that the public may be fully informed of what to expect and how the project will address community concerns.

Further updates and announcements will be posted on this website in the near future.

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING NO. 3

A Public Information Meeting was held at the Kealakehe High School cafeteria on October 26, 2011. Selected information presented at that meeting can be viewed on the "Progress Update Narrative", "Traffic Control", "Progress Schedule" and "FAQ" pages on this website.

ROADSIDE MEMORIALS

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is attempting to locate the families associated with the roadside memorials inside of the project right of way that will be impacted by the construction. The state plans to remove the memorials and store them for a period of 30 days on September 18, 2015. If you know any of the families associated with these memorials please contact State Highways:

Wendell Vincent

Construction and Maintenance Supervisor

808-896-3416

Or call the project hotline at:

1-888-440-7988

FIELD INVESTIGATIONS TO RESUME

"Core Drilling" by Goodfellow Bros., Inc. on 11/02/11

Goodfellow Bros., Inc. will resume field investigations in preparation for construction on Wednesday 11/02/11. The work will involve drilling core samples to determine the existing pavement thickness at several locations along the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway from Kealakehe Parkway to Keahole Airport and will be completed within two days. The work will be performed between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM.

Goodfellow Bros., Inc. will provide advance warning signs and traffic controls to safely guide traffic around the core drilling work areas. Lane closures will not be required and the work should result in minimum delay or inconvenience to the traveling public. The public should stay alert for the advance warning signs and Goodfellow Bros., Inc.’s work crews and proceed with caution while traveling through the project during working hours.

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING NO. 3

A public information meeting for the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway Widening Phase 2 project will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6pm-7:30pm at the Kealakehe High School Cafeteria (74-5000 Puohulihuli Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740). The meeting will focus on construction, traffic impacts and communication with the public during the project.

This second phase of the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway Widening project will consist of 5.2 miles of widening the existing two-lane highway to a four-lane divided highway from Kealakehe Parkway to the Kona International Airport. Representatives from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Goodfellow Brothers, Inc., and SSFM International will be presenting details of the project.

Any person with special accessibility or communication needs, please call the project hotline at 1-888-440-7988 a minimum of three (3) days in advance to ensure proper accommodations. For information about the project, please visit the project website at www.BuildQueenK.com.

This is a coordinated design-build project by Goodfellow Brothers, Inc. and SSFM International.