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Kailua-Kona Information Update for April 27th, 2021

HIRSC Team provides an update on Kahului Bay Bridge Replacement (or Ali'i Drive Culvert Replacement) project in Kailua-Kona that is nearing completion.

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team

HIRSC Team on Hawaii Island has received an update on the Kahului Bay Bridge Replacement (or Ali'i Drive Culvert Replacement) project after seeing numerous West Hawaii motorists and residents post on social media the major traffic backlog related to the construction it has caused on Ali'i Drive between Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort and Sea Village Condos over the past few weeks.

Based on HIRSC Team in Kailua-Kona assessment and drive by the construction site earlier this afternoon (Tuesday, April 27th), contractors have finished setting up the forms for the concrete bridge railing system and had just wrapped up paving work, which caused major traffic delays and backlog on Ali'i Drive.

Isemoto Contracting Company, Ltd. says over the past few weeks, construction crews were completing water, sewer utility connection work, and also paving work to tie in the bridge with Ali'i Drive, which required one lane to be closed during work hours. They are aware of the traffic backlog that the construction has caused and say the project is nearing completion and on schedule, which all major road work is expected to wrap up in Mid-May 2021.

In the coming days and weeks, crews will be pouring concrete to complete the bridge railing system along both shoulders and also will be completing pavement striping the roadway and bridge. Once that work and an inspection are complete, traffic (including bicycle and pedestrian) on Ali'i Drive will then be diverted onto the new bridge restoring original traffic flow, and removal work of the temporary bridge, currently in use, will happen shortly thereafter, which also includes land restoration work.

The project started back in the Fall of 2019 with major work to the existing bridge itself beginning in early 2020 and progressing through the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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