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Public Meeting April 19 To Discuss Kuakini Highway Phase II

The County of Hawai‘i, Department of Public Works and the Federal Highway Administration are proposing improvements to Kuakini Highway between Hualālai Rd and the future intersection with the proposed Ali‘i Highway in North Kona.

Kuakini Highway Phase 2A public meeting on the project will be held April 19, at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway, Building A at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. in Kona to:

  • Present proposed improvements that would relieve existing and future traffic congestion, increase mauka to makai connection for emergency and evacuation access by widening the road from two to four lanes, and improve roadway drainage, pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Present three alternatives that are being considered: widen the road without acquiring new right-of-way, widen the road with minimal acquisition of right- of- way, or maintain the existing two- lane road with some improvements to the intersections.
  • Collect comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA); and
  • Consult with Native Hawaiian Organizations and Native Hawaiian descendants with ancestral lineal or cultural ties to, cultural knowledge or concerns for, and cultural or religious attachment to the proposed project area pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (2006).

The review period for the DEA is March 22 to April 22, 2013.  A copy of the DEA may be viewed at the Kailua Library or, at the Department of Public Works at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center or, in Hilo at 101 Pauahi Street, Ste 7, or downloaded online at http://oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/

If you require special accommodations or auxiliary aid/ and or services to participate in this meeting, (i.e. Sign language interpreter, large print,) please call (808) 961-8321 by April 12, 2013.