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Two more federally funded projects will begin construction before the end of this year

$ 6.4 million Reed’s Island Bridge project awarded

Man working on Reed's Island bridge supportsThe Reed’s Island Bridge Structural Rehabilitation project in South Hilo will bring the bridge into compliance with today’s 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 ill 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

Ka`iminani Drive:  Cars parked on County Right-of-WayThis 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 is expected to be completed in 2013.