Hawaii Awarded $23 Million From FAA and FTA for Airport Projects

Today, Senator Brian Schatz announced seven grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) totaling more than $23 million for Hawai‘i including funding for airport projects in Honolulu, Kaunakakai, and Lanai City.

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“The FAA and FTA have made transportation in Hawai‘i a priority, and the grants announced today are evidence of that,” said Senator Brian Schatz. “I have confirmed through conversations with Transportation Secretary Foxx and Federal Transit Administration Administrator Rogoff  that our state will continue to receive funding for critical improvements, allowing Hawai‘i to continue to grow as a tourist destination and economic center.”

The grants include:

  • Runway pavement rehab: $10,522,090 from the FAA for Phase II, rehabilitation of existing runway pavement at the Honolulu International Airport that is needed to maintain structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris.
  • Bus replacement: $3,440,000 from the FTA for the purchase of replacement buses for the County of Hawaii transit agency, the County of Maui Transportation Department, and the County of Kauai Transportation Department. The new buses will also have improved access for mobility limited passengers and patrons with bicycles. This project was selected on a competitive basis from the State of Good Repair Program and project selection was announced August 2012. The funds are now being obligated for the project.
  • Airport drainage improvements: $3,022,148 from the FAA for Phase II, construction of airport drainage improvements at the Molokai Airport in Kaunakakai. The drainage improvements are necessary to adequately handle stormwater runoff.
  • Additional airport pavement upgrades: $2,500,000 from the FAA to update the Pavement Management Program for the seven-primary and one-reliever airport within the State of Hawaii. The project is needed to establish the current condition of the airfield pavement and to address how the airfield pavement will be maintained or upgraded to acceptable levels.
  • Hangar rehab: $2,074,869 from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program for Phase II rehabilitation of Hangar 110 at Kalaeloa Airport (John Rodgers Field) in Honolulu.
  • Airport runway lighting: $1,041,930 from the FAA to rehabilitate the runway lighting system that has reached the end of its useful life at the Lanai Airport in Lanai City. The project is necessary to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions and to meet Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139 requirements.
  • Study of airport system needs: $904,500 from the FAA to conduct a state system plan study to evaluate the existing airport system and identify airport development needs.

 

$147.8 Million Released for State Transportation Infrastructure and Facilities

Gov. Abercrombie announced the release of more than $147.8 million for capital improvement projects (CIPs) improving Hawaii’s harbors, airports and highways.

“Many of these projects will transform our transportation infrastructure, facilitate commerce, and improve visitor, resident and business travel throughout our state,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “I’d like to acknowledge the state legislators for recognizing these worthy investments.”

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:

Harbors

$44,990,000 – Pier 4 Interisland Cargo Terminal, Hilo Harbor, Hawaii Island – Construction for the new Pier 4 at Hilo Harbor which includes a new wharf, utilities, mooring system, and associated sitework; this construction will complete the new interisland barge terminal facility

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$1,500,000 – Fire Suppression System at Piers 31A-32, Honolulu Harbor, Oahu – Construction to replace the aging fire suppression system at Piers 31A-32

$750,000 – Structure Demolition at Kapalama Military Reservation, Honolulu Harbor, Oahu – Construction management services to manage the demolition of approximately 24 buildings located at the Kapalama Military Reservation, site for a new container yard

Airports

$34,507,500 – Apron Pavement Structural Improvements, Phase II, Kahului Airport, Maui – Pavement structural improvements in the apron area at Taxiway “A” where aircrafts are parked, loaded/unloaded, refueled, or boarded; a phasing plan will allow for completion of the construction within the constraints of the airport operations

Airports Rendition

$15,000,000 – New Day Work Program (NDWP) Management Services, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Funds to continue professional management services for the Airport Modernization Program; this $2.3 billion program will transform Honolulu International Airport into a world-class airport (The current phase will culminate in the completion of the new Mauka Concourse, the first major terminal enhancement in more than 15 years)

$11,000,000 – NDWP Diamond Head Site Improvements, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Construction for various site improvements at the Diamond Head end of the airport; these improvements are needed for the construction of a new Diamond Head Commuter Terminal facility

$9,620,000 – Passenger Loading Bridge Replacement, Kahului Airport, Maui – Removal and replacement of the aging passenger loading bridges with seven new passenger loading bridges to accommodate wide-body aircraft with direct overseas routes

$7,000,000 – Roadway Improvements and Consolidated Car Rental Facility, Kahului Airport, Maui – Additional design for a proposed new Consolidated Rental Car Facility that will relocate and consolidate rental car operations to a new single location; this facility with the roadway improvements will improve customer convenience and reduce traffic congestion at the airport

$6,465,000 – Replacement of Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Walkways, Kahului Airport, Maui – Removal and replacement of the aging 10 elevators, three escalators, and four moving walkways to enhance the efficient movement of passengers through the airport

$2,005,000 – Lihue Airport, Kauai – Design of runway safety improvements for Runways 3 and 21 as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to comply with federal standards

$1,500,000 – Re-Roofing Terminal Building, Kahului Airport, Maui – Phase II design for the replacement of the aging, original terminal roofing system

$1,300,000 – Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Additional funds for the design of site improvements and the new permanent Commuter Terminal facility; the proposed new 44,000 square foot Commuter Terminal will be located east of the Diamond Head Concourse

$614,000 – Hangar 110 Renovation, Kalaeloa Airport, Oahu – Phase II renovation construction to re-roof the lower roof and repair and replace the exterior walls and hangar doors

$550,000 – Master Plan and Noise Compatibility Program Update, Lanai Airport, Lanai – Funds to update the Master Plan and FAA Noise Compatibility Program to address any subsequent growth of aviation at the airport; the updated master plan will include an airport layout and implementation plan, as required by the FAA, and recommend a noise compatibility program

$100,500 – Airport Runway Safety Planning, statewide – Planning study to identify opportunities and alternatives to improve airfield safety and update the airport layout plan

Highways

$4,000,000 – Kamehameha Highway Resurfacing, Oahu – Resurfacing and improvement of Kamehameha Highway from Waihau Street to Ka Uka Boulevard; improvements will include the reconstruction of pavement areas, upgraded/new guardrails, and drainage improvements

Highways Projects

$3,000,000 – Kalanianaole Highway Resurfacing, Oahu – Resurfacing and improvement of Kalanianaole Highway from West Hind Drive to the vicinity of Hanauma Bay Road; improvements will include the reconstruction of pavement areas, upgraded/new guardrails, and the installation of traffic loop detectors

$1,800,000 – Aliiaimoku Hale, Building Improvements, Oahu – Design and construction for building improvements, including electrical upgrades, exterior painting, reroofing, and related work

$750,000 – Kamehameha Highway, Traffic Operational Improvements, Oahu – Construction of an additional left-turn lane from Lumiaina Street onto Kamehameha Highway to improve traffic flow; the traffic signal system at the intersection will also be modified to accommodate the additional lane

$490,000 – Keaau-Pahoa Road Intersection Improvements, Hawaii Island – Conversion of the existing “T” intersection at Keeau-Pahoa Road and Old Government Road to a single-lane roundabout to improve traffic safety

$386,000 – Puunene Highway Widening, Maui – Design to widen Puunene Avenue from two to four lanes between Kamehameha Highway and Kuihelani Highway, including drainage improvements, left turn lanes, and traffic signal studies

$262,000 – Farrington Highway Drainage Improvements, Oahu – Design for drainage improvements along Farrington Highway in the vicinity of Princess Kahanu Avenue to reduce ponding and flooding in the area

$76,000 – Hana Highway/Kaahumanu Avenue Beautification, Maui – Additional funds to complete design for landscape treatment and erosion control along Hana Highway and Kaahumanu Avenue

$60,000 – Vineyard Boulevard Resurfacing, Vicinity of Palama Street to End of H-1 On- and Off-Ramps, Oahu – Additional construction funds needed to start construction of roadway improvements including pavement repairs

$50,000 – Farrington Highway, Replacement of Maipalaoa Bridge, Oahu – Funds for the rental of land easements during the construction of a new bridge that will meet current design standards

$29,500 – Kamehameha V Highway, Replacement of Makakupaia Stream Bridge, Molokai – Land and design funds for the replacement of Makakupaia Stream Bridge with a new bridge that will meet current design standards

Senator Mazie Hirono Announces $6.7 Million for Honolulu International Airport Upgrades

Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced $6.7 million in federal funds for Honolulu International Airport. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant will fund the replacement of 12 existing passenger loading bridges in the Main Overseas Terminal that are outdated and have reached the end of their useful lives.
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“Honolulu International Airport is Hawaii’s main connection to the mainland and the rest of the world,” Hirono said. “Today’s federal investment will help the airport make critical upgrades as the state continues to see growing numbers of international and domestic visitors. Since tourism is our state’s number one industry, anything we can do to promote travel to Hawaii is a step toward strengthening our economy and creating jobs.”

Built in 1927 and served by 27 international and domestic carriers, three interisland airlines and four commuter airlines, the airport is undergoing a number of modernization initiatives as visitor arrivals continue to rise. The airport hosts approximately 20 million passengers each year.

Hirono has been working closely with her Senate colleagues to get funding for major Hawaii transportation initiatives. Later this week, the Senate is expected to approve legislation that would fund many other transportation and housing initiatives – including full funding for the Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project for the 2014 fiscal year, support for Kalaupapa air travel and funding for Native Hawaiian Housing initiatives.

 

Governor Abercrombie Releases $21.8 Million for Airports, Highways Statewide

Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday announced the release of more than $21.8 million for capital improvement projects (CIP) for state airports and highways that will further stimulate Hawaii’s improving economy and job environment.

“Our state’s economy is growing stronger, and it is important that we maintain this positive momentum by continuing to invest in priority capital improvement projects – particularly those maintaining and upgrading our transportation infrastructure, which is essential to island commerce, business, the visitor industry, and our way of life,” Gov. Abercrombie said, adding, “As I directed upon taking office, the state Department of Transportation is restructuring its procurement process and will ensure proper training and implementation of strong, centralized controls to meet standards required by law.”

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:

Airports

  • $6,340,000 – Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Pavement reconstruction for Runway 4R to comply with applicable Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements
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  • $4,750,000 – Kahului Airport, Maui – Construction for repaving a portion of Runway 2-20 to comply with applicable FAA requirements
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Kahalui Airport

  • $2,700,000 – Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Construction to replace 12 passenger loading bridges at the Ewa Concourse
  • $1,250,000 – Kahului Airport, Maui – Planning funds to prepare technical studies and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to proposed Runway 2-20 improvements
  • $1,075,400 – Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Airfield lighting improvements for Runway 4L to comply with applicable FAA requirements
  • $100,000 – Kapalua Airport Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station Expansion, Maui – Additional construction to complete the station expansion with the addition of a two-bay garage and storage structure

Highways

  • $1,380,000 – Kuhio Highway Intersection Improvements, Kauai – Design and construction to improve traffic flow and safety in the area by widening the intersection and creating left-turn storage lanes at the intersection of Kuhio Highway and Kapaka Street
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  •  $1,150,000 – Statewide Planning and Research Program, Fiscal Year 2013 – Planning and research activities related to the development, management and operation of transportation systems and facilities in the state (Highway planning and research is a prerequisite to continued receipt of federal highway funds)
  • $1,019,000 – Kekaulike Avenue Drainage Improvements, Maui – Construction to improve the drainage capacity by installing an underground drainage system along the mauka shoulder, as well as acquisition of land for a drainage easement parcel and the rental of two construction easements
  • $944,000 – Castle Hills Access Road (Phase 2), Oahu – Improvements to stabilize the streambanks and construct erosion control facilities along Kapunahala Stream in the vicinity of Pookela Street
  • $400,000 – Freeway Management System (Phase 2), Oahu – Design activities, including the preparation of plans, specifications and estimates for the purpose of deploying equipment and hardware such as closed-caption television cameras, variable message signs, vehicle detectors (sensors), and license plate readers to provide data on speeds and travel time
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  • $395,000 – Statewide Bridge Inspection and Appraisal, Fiscal Year 2013 – Planning for the bridge inspection and appraisal program to determine bridge needs and the prioritization of those needs
  • $310,000 – Kalanianaole Highway Drainage Improvements, Oahu – Design for a new drainage system to address flooding in the vicinity of Wailupe Place

 

Governor Abercrombie Releases $113 Million for Hawaii’s Airports and Harbors

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $113 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) at airports and harbors throughout the State of Hawaii.

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“These important projects will improve the airport experience across the state – from Hilo to Lihue – as well as the efficiency and capacity at our harbors,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Funding for many of the Honolulu Harbor improvements are part of a larger New Day Work Project that will increase harbor shipping capacity.”

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:

Airports

  • $50,000,000 – Kahului Airport, Maui – Construction for a multi-lane access road from Hana Highway to the Airport Loop Road; this segment of the Kahului Airport Access Road will connect with the state Highway Division’s segment starting on Hana Highway
  • $9,800,000 – Kona International Airport at Keahole, Hawaii Island – Construction for the re-roofing of the terminal building
  • $3,000,000 – Kahului Airport, Maui – Phase I construction for restroom renovations, including the addition of restroom air conditioning
  • $590,000 – Kona International Airport at Keahole, Hawaii Island – Construction for security improvements at security checkpoints and the Airport Operations Area fence
  • $400,000 – Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Additional funds to complete the installation of a security access control system and video monitoring equipment; the  additional construction funds are to address unforeseen site conditions relating to the existing electrical conduits and fiber optic cable backbone
  • $378,000 – Pavement Management System, Phase 1, statewide – Evaluation of the pavement conditions at Honolulu International and Kahului Airports to produce program reports to fulfill Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements, plan future projects, and determine which areas need repairs or reconstruction
  • $198,716 – Molokai Airport, Molokai – Construction of a new box culvert to replace the existing trapezoidal ditch adjacent to the taxiway; this will bring the taxiway safety area into compliance with current FAA regulations
  • $160,000 – Car rental facilities, statewide – Additional plans to provide preparation of studies, project definition reports, surveys, appraisals, and conceptual plans for program management of car rental facilities at Honolulu International Airport, Kahului Airport, Lihue Airport, and Kona International Airport at Keahole
  • $152,000 – Pavement Management System, Phase 2, statewide – Evaluation of the pavement conditions at Kona International, Hilo International, and Lihue Airports to produce program reports to fulfill FAA requirements, plan future projects, and determine which areas need repairs or reconstruction

Harbors

  • $10,000,000 – Honolulu Harbor, Oahu – Construction of new mooring structures and upgrades to existing utilities and infrastructure at Piers 12 and 15 to accommodate the relocation of the Clean Island Council and Marine Spill Response Corporation vessels from Pier 35
  • $9,500,000 – Honolulu Harbor, Oahu – Construction of site improvements including utilities, pavement, and a new box culvert to support the relocation of the UH Marine Center from the Kapalama Military Reservation
  • $8,500,000 – Honolulu Harbor, Oahu – Construction for renovation of the existing building and related utilities at Pier 35 to accommodate the relocation of the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (UH SOEST) from the proposed new Kapalama Container Terminal project site
  • $7,500,000 – Honolulu Harbor, Oahu – Design for the new Kapalama Container Terminal project to support expanding maritime activities in the harbor, as part of the Harbors New Day Work Project; the design funds will be used for Phase 2 of the project to prepare plans, designs, specifications, and cost estimates to construct a new container yard, roadways and gates, buildings, security fencing, utility infrastructure improvements, and related activities
  • $6,000,000 – Hilo Harbor, Hawaii Island – Construction to widen Kumau Street at Hilo Harbor to accommodate container, cargo and vehicle movements between Pier 4 and Kalanianaole Avenue
  • $2,000,000 – Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu – Plans to develop a dedicated fuel berth at the Piers P-3 and P-4 areas as well environmental documentation and preparation of a comprehensive master plan to guide future harbor development
  • $1,800,000 – Hilo Harbor, Hawaii – Construction management and inspections services for a new pier and related utilities at Pier 4 and to widen Kumau Street to accommodate cargo movement and vehicles
  • $1,450,000 – Honolulu Harbor, Oahu – Construction management and inspection services for the rehabilitation of buildings and yard areas at Piers 34/35, improvements to the utility systems, pavement overlay, and construction of a new box culvert
  • $1,000,000 – Honolulu Harbor, Oahu – Construction management and inspection services for the construction of new mooring structures and upgrade of existing utilities and infrastructure at Piers 12 and 15 to accommodate the relocation of the Clean Island Council and Marine Spill Response Corporation vessels that will be relocated from Pier 35
  • $600,000 – Kahului Harbor, Maui – Design to relocate the Harbors Maui District Office and demolish the existing office and a store facility in accordance with the Kahului Harbor Development Plan

Why the Honolulu Airport is Named the John Rodgers Airport

Here is the reason why the Honolulu Airport is named the John Rodgers Airport.

Commander John Rodgers

…On August 31, 1925 at 2:55 p.m., Commander John Rodgers and his crew left San Pablo Bay, San Francisco in Navy PN-9 No. 1 to attempt the first flight across the Pacific Ocean from the Mainland U.S. to Hawaii.  The plane was forced to land in the ocean at 4:15 p.m. September 1 after running out of fuel about 365 miles from Oahu.

After three days of waiting to be picked up, the heroic crew crafted sails from the wings of the plane and sailed toward Hawaii.  Their food supply was exhausted after the third day and their water ran out on the sixth day at sea.  On the tenth day, they spotted Kauai.  Ten miles off shore they encountered a submarine which towed them safely into Ahukini Harbor and a heroes welcome.  The 1,841.12 statute miles flown from August 31 to their forced landing on September 1 was accepted by the F.A. I. as a new world airline distance record for Class C seaplanes that remained unbeaten for almost five years.

John Rodgers Airport was dedicated March 21, 1927.  The principal speaker at the dedication was the Honorable E. P. Warner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy.  The field was named in honor of the late Commander John Rodgers, who had been Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor from 1923 to 1925, when he left to command the Navy’s historical flight between the West Coast and Hawaii…

Two years before Lindbergh flies non-stop across the Atlantic, man and machine attempt this same daring feat across the Pacific resulting in a dramatically different outcome.