Two More Federally Funded Projects to Begin Construction on the Big Island

$6.4 million Reed’s Island Bridge project awarded

The Reed’s Island Bridge Structural Rehabilitation project in South Hilo will bring the bridge into compliance with modern load capacity standards. The $6.4 million project was awarded to ABHE & Svoboda, Inc.

The wooden deck will be replaced with steel beams and a steel grating deck. Concrete rock anchors and micro piles will be installed to strengthen and increase load-bearing capacity. Lateral structural steel bracing members will be installed enabling the bridge to meet earthquake code requirements.

The Federal Highway Administration will fund 80% of the cost. The County’s share is 20%. Construction is scheduled to begin early fall of this year.

Ka‘iminani Drive in North Kona will undergo improvements

This federally funded project in North Kona begins 103’ from the intersection with Highway 190 and ends at Ahiahi Street. Jas W. Glover Ltd was awarded the $10 million improvement project.

Improvements will focus on roadway reconstruction, and drainage improvements that include six-foot shoulders, tie-ins to private driveways on Ka‘iminani, retaining walls, and restriping of the roadway.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is paying 80% of the construction cost and the County 20%. Construction is anticipated to begin this fall and will be completed in 2013.

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  1. and the justification for spending federal tax dollars for these two obviously purely local projects is????

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