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Makai lanes on Kamehameha Avenue will close tomorrow


The Pauahi Street/Kamehameha Avenue intersection will be modified.  The left turn pocket on Kamehameha Avenue will lengthen to permit the flow of Hilo-bound traffic.  The center island on Kamehameha will also be modified to accommodate the radius of trucks turning on to Bayfront.

Pedestrians should use the sidewalks on the mauka side of Kamehameha Avenue.

During construction, please expect traffic delays and provide extra time to travel through the work zone.  Businesses along Kamehameha Avenue and in Downtown Hilo are open as usual.

The Department of Public Works began reconstructing the four-lane roadway, on March 3, 2014.  Estimated completion is mid-2015.  For project details go to

 The Federal Highway Administration is paying eighty (80) percent of the $13 million estimated cost and the County the remaining twenty (20) percent.


Traffic pattern will change on Ponahawai Street to Pauahi Street

The traffic pattern on Kamehameha Avenue from Ponahawai Street, to the Pauahi Street intersection will be one lane of travel in each direction on Monday, March 3.  Vehicle traffic will shift to the mauka (mountainside) lanes. This traffic pattern is tentatively scheduled to remain through September 2014.

 Travel through Pauahi Street will be maintained and left and right turns will be allowed at the Pauahi Street intersection.

Two public parking lots on the makai or ocean side of Kamehameha Avenue will remain open. Motorists may access both by using new, temporary entrances off of nearby Bayfront Highway. The Hele-On Bus park-and-ride lot located closer to downtown will be open to northbound and southbound traffic. However, only southbound motorists may enter the other lot, sometimes called the “Cow Palace” parking lot and located near the Pauahi Street intersection. 

 The contractor will set up the new traffic pattern and access to the parking lots on Sunday, March 2 from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

 Alternate routes to Downtown Hilo are Kīlauea Avenue, Kinoole Street, Manono Street, and Waiānuenue Avenue. Businesses are open as usual in the area.

  The Kamehameha Avenue Bayfront bus stop and Park & Ride, including the South Kohala Hele-On bus was temporarily relocated to the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium during the scheduled Kamehameha Avenue reconstruction.

During construction, please expect traffic delays.  Provide extra time to travel through the work zone. 

The Department of Public Works is reconstructing the four-lane roadway and sidewalks on Kamehameha Avenue while improving the drainage and upgrading the traffic signal at the Pauahi Street intersection.  The project will also add curb ramps; left turn pockets; center left turn lanes; bike lanes; and installing LED streetlights.

The Federal Highway Administration is paying eighty (80) percent of the project cost and the County the remaining twenty (20) percent.  The project is scheduled to take 18 months with estimated completion for July 2015.



Manhole covers will be adjusted on Kīlauea Avenue

Starting Sunday, March 2, the Highway Maintenance division of the Department of Public Works will adjust the manhole covers located on Kīlauea Avenue.

The manhole covers will be adjusted to the same level with the road.

The crew will be working in the makai (eastern) lane of Kīlauea Avenue at the Kāwili to Lanikāula, and Lanikāula to Lanihuli intersections.

To minimize traffic disruption to motorists, the Highway Maintenance crew will be working on March 2, 9, &16, from 7:00 AM to noon, weather permitting.  The area around the manhole covers will be conned off.  No lane closures are anticipated.


Construction of La‘aloa phase 2 is scheduled to begin January 27

Improvements to La‘aloa Avenue, phase 2 starts from the Ali‘i Drive, for approximately 3,800 feet mauka of the intersection. Sidewalks curb, gutters, street parking, and bike lanes will be built and dry wells will be added to improve drainage.  Construction is scheduled to begin January 27. 

Part of the intersection improvements will also be made to approximately 550-feet of Ali‘i Drive, north and south of the intersection with La‘aloa Avenue to include a three-way stop where La‘aloa intersects with Ali‘i Drive.

La‘aloa residents may see crews from the contractor, surveying and marking the before January 27.

The La‘aloa Avenue Extension, phase 1 will connect Ali‘i Drive with Kuakini Highway in the summer of 2014.   Construction began on Kuakini Highway in July and is scheduled for completion in June and phase 2 a month later.

Isemoto Contracting, CO, Ltd was awarded the contracts for phases 1 & 2. The phase 1 contract was awarded for $7.7 million and phase 2 for $4.4 million. Construction hours are 7 AM to 3:30 PM weekdays, excluding holidays.


Road work will begin on Kamehameha Avenue

Kamehameha Avenue Reconstruction project is scheduled to begin on February 3 starting from the Ponahawai Street intersection and ending at the canoe parking lot near Wailoa Bridge.  Major construction work will begin the following month, in March with project completion estimated for the summer of 2015.

Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd was awarded the $13 million reconstruction contract.  The Federal Highway Administration is funding eighty (80) percent of the project work and the County the remaining twenty (20) percent.

The project includes reconstructing the roadway, sidewalks, adding curb ramps, improving drainage, relocating waterlines,  installing LED streetlights, bike lanes, and an upgrade of the traffic signal at Pauahi Street intersection.

Hours of construction are weekdays 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  Waterline relocation and Pauahi Street intersection work may occur during the night and weekends.

The Bayfront bus stop on Kamehameha Avenue will relocate to the Civic Auditorium on February 10. The South Kohala Hele-On bus will pick up and drop off passengers in front of the Francis Wong Stadium at the Civic Auditorium. For details, call the Mass Transit Agency at 961-8343. Bus passengers at Mo‘oheau Bus Terminal are not affected.