Last Updated August 26, 2015
1. What caused the delay from the last planned start date (January 2012)
The discovery of a number of previously unknown historic sites, including burials, required reopening of the Section 106 consultation process and evaluation of Section 4(f) avoidance and mitigation evaluation. This is required by Federal Law. This process is time consuming as the interests of a number of different agencies and advocacy groups need to be taken into account and agreement reach on a path forward that addresses them. Also, it was necessary to investigate whether historic sites could be avoided by redesigning the highway alignment.
2. Why weren’t the historic and cultural sites discovered during the original archaeological surveys?
The original studies were completed in the mid to late 1990’s. The standards and protocols for conducting these investigations have changed significantly in the time since then.
3. How much is the project going to cost?
Final cost is not known at this time because the redesign is not yet complete and escalation costs have not been agreed, but probably in the range of $100 million. This includes the DEM and DWS utilities work and mitigation measures required by the amended Section 106 MOA.
4. How will construction affect traffic?
There should be minimum impacts since construction zones are separated from public traffic which will always have at least one lane in each direction. The only work requiring temporary lane closures will be construction of the cross street intersections, utility crossings, final overlay and striping of the Makai lanes and finishing work that can’t be completed because of conflicts with temporary pavements. SEE THE CONSTRUCTION AND TRAFFIC CONTROL STAGES display station.
5. How will construction affect access and turning movements at the existing intersections?
The work is being staged so that the existing access and turning movements will be preserved until the two northbound (mauka) lanes are opened to traffic. At this time the new traffic signals will be operational and the new intersection turning movements will be implemented. SEE THE CONSTRUCTION AND TRAFFIC CONTROL STAGES display station.
6. Will there be left turn access to NELHA during construction?
Yes, throughout construction the existing turning movements at OTEC Rd. will be maintained. SEE THE CONSTRUCTION AND TRAFFIC CONTROL STAGES display station.
7. Will there be left turn access to Kohanaiki during construction?
No, the existing right in/right out access to Kohanaiki will be maintained until the traffic signals at Hulikoa are activated. SEE THE CONSTRUCTION AND TRAFFIC CONTROL STAGES display station.
8. Will there be left turn access to Allied Quarry Road during construction?
Yes, the existing access at Allied Quarry Road will be maintained until the traffic signals at Lanihau (National Park) are activated. SEE THE CONSTRUCTION AND TRAFFIC CONTROL STAGES display station.
9. Will left turn access to Allied Quarry Road, Kohanaiki and NELHA be provided when the project is complete?
Yes, we have changed the design because the frontage road at Kohanaiki is complete and the NELHA frontage road connecting to Kaiminani will be complete while this project is under construction. A road connecting the quarry to the mauka leg of Lanihau/National Park intersection will be completed while this project is under construction. SEE THE INTERSECTION TURNING MOVEMENTS display station.
10. Will there be left turn access at Honokohau St.?
No. There will not be any median breaks and left turn access except at signalized intersections because of public safety concerns.
11. Will the project website be updated?
Yes, once construction begins the website will be routinely updated at least every two weeks to show what work has been completed, what is planned for the next two weeks and for any changes to the traffic control system. The website will also include announcements of interest to the public. SEE THE PROJECT WEBSITE display station.
12. Are there any plans for a multi-use path within the right-of-way?
There are no plans for a multi-use path within the right-of-way at this time.
13. Will archaeological and cultural monitors be used during construction?
Yes, there will be both an archaeological and a cultural monitor assigned to each piece of earth moving equipment when working in previously undisturbed ground. Construction crews will also receive cultural sensitivity training.
14. Are there any remaining section 106 issues outstanding?
HDOT/FHWA have thoroughly discussed and considered the many issues and proposed mitigations raised during meetings and consultations conducted during the past four years. We believe we will meet the commitments we made during this process.