Ka‘iminani Work Underway, La‘aloa Extension On Tap
The County of Hawai‘i is rolling ahead in 2013 to complete important road projects in West Hawai‘i that will benefit our communities and help to create jobs that support our working families. The County will take major steps forward in a continuing effort to provide traffic relief to West Hawai‘i drivers by improving two key mauka-makai roads.
La‘aloa Avenue will be extended to Kuakini Highway, providing another mauka-makai connection off Ali‘i Drive. Despite tremendous growth along the shoreline, no additional connectors have been built for nearly a half century. The project is also one of the top priorities of the Kona Community Development Plan.
The first phase of this project will add to the mauka end of La‘aloa Avenue and build the intersection with Kuakini Highway, while the second phase would modernize the makai end of the existing road. The total cost of the project is about $19 million.
For almost four decades, Ka‘iminani Drive has served as a major mauka-makai connector between Māmalahoa and Queen Ka‘ahumanu highways. Because of its proximity to the airport, is the shortest way for residents who live as far away as Waimea or coming across Saddle Road to access Kona International Airport.
The $9.8 million first phase, the first comprehensive reconstruction of Ka‘iminani Drive from Māmalahoa Highway down to Ahiahi Street, should be complete in July. The $20 million second phase will include shoulder and drainage improvements, utility relocation and retaining walls on the lower part of the road.