Highway 130 Open House and Public Meeting on Monday May 23rd

On Monday, May 23rd the Highway 130 Keaau Pahoa Advisory Group will be meeting with representatives from SSFM International (whom was paid $1,000,000 so far to run these meetings) to listen to the final Environmental Assessment for the Highway Widening project that will be taking place in the next few years.

Purpose

This project is intended to address degrading traffic conditions along this highway corridor between Kea‘au and Pāhoa.

Overview

Currently, the Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road is heavily congested during peak traffic hours. The Hawai‘i Long-Range Land Transportation Plan (TranPlan), completed in May 1998, identified the potential for significant traffic increases due to availability of approximately 56,000 residential lots in the Puna region. The TranPlan recommended increasing the capacity of Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road by adding two lanes between Kea‘au and Pāhoa (from the end of the Kea’au Bypass to the beginning of the Pāhoa Bypass).

Schedule

The planning portion of this project will include an alternatives analysis and an extensive public involvement program which involves a Context Sensitive Solutions approach. A Draft Environmental Assessment (FEA) was made available in May 2010 and the Final EA/Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is expected to be completed by late 2010 or early 2011. Design and construction will follow the planning process.

From 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Keaau Elementary School cafeteria there will be an Open House where members of SSFM and some members of the KPAG committee will be available to take questions from the general public.

At 6:30 the formal presentation is scheduled to begin.

I haven’t received a list of what State or Transportation Representatives will be there… but I do suggest folks that have questions about this upcoming project… attend the meeting.

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