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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.


New Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter to break ground this fall

Ka‘ū District residents will see their ideas and dreams for a community gym and emergency center begin to take shape this fall with the start of construction on the new Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter.

The County of Hawai‘i recently awarded the $17 million construction contract to Summit Construction; construction is expected to begin this September and last approximately 18 months to complete.

The new Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter will be located on the Ka‘ū High and Pāhala Elementary school campus.  It will be operated and maintained by the County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation.

The 43,300- square-foot facility will be built to Enhanced Hurricane criteria.

In acknowledgment of Ka‘ū’s proximity to vog emissions, the multi-purpose room and recreational room are provided with filtration systems and can serve as a shelter when there is an increased level of volcanic discharge in the area’s atmosphere.

The size and diversity of the facility is in direct response to comments gathered in November and December from the community, said Mayor Billy Kenoi.  “The Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter has been designed to expand athletic and recreational opportunities, serve as a destination for community events and emergency shelter during natural disasters.”

The gym will also accommodate three regulation HHSAA basketball or volleyball courts, and could host the Big Island Interscholastic (BIIF) basketball or volleyball games.  Accessory rooms will include; locker and training rooms, and restrooms; a lobby, courtyard, certified kitchen, ticket booths; and office space, and storage areas for the State Department of Education, County Parks & Recreation, and the American Red Cross.

Mary Correa, Complex Area Superintendent for Ka‘ū - Kea‘au, Pāhoa Complex Area (KKPCA) said, “We are appreciative of the partnership between the County of Hawai‘i, the Department of Education Facilities Section Duane Kashiwai, Nick Nichols, Tracy Okumura, Ka‘ū High Principal Sharon Beck and Athletic Director Kalei Namohala.  They worked diligently and quickly to figure out what was needed to award a construction contract before the fiscal year ended in June.  We are also grateful to Senator Gil Kahele and Representative Bob Herkes for securing funding for a new Gym and Shelter in Ka‘ū District.  Our students and the community are excited to have a new gym in their midst and continue to dream of possibilities once it is completed.”

A groundbreaking will be held prior to the start of construction.


Wailuku drive in downtown Hilo is open to motorists

Wailuku drive in downtown Hilo from Kamehameha Avenue to Keawe Street (back of Hilo Armory) reopened this afternoon to all motorists.  The road was closed late yesterday afternoon for safety reasons due to damaged glass on the Wailuku Drive side of the Hilo Armory.

 The contractor boarded the windowpane at Hilo Armory and it is safe to reopen the road.  The contractor will remove and replace the glass after the July 4th holiday.


Wailuku drive closed for safety reasons.

Wailuku drive in downtown Hilo from Kamehameha Avenue to Keawe Street (Back of Hilo Armory) is closed for safety reasons until further notice.

 Due to damaged glass on the Wailuku Drive side of the Hilo Armory, the gym and roadway will be closed until the area is declared safe.  The Department of Parks and Recreation staff is working to get the facility repaired so we may reopen both the gym and roadway as soon as possible.


Building Permit applications will not be accepted on Wednesday (Hilo) and Thursday (Kona) afternoons

Building Permit applications will not be accepted on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Beginning June 27, building permit applications will not be accepted between the hours of noon to 4:30 PM on Wednesdays in Hilo, and Thursdays in Kona.  Permit applications that do not require front desk clerk processing assistance and are typically dropped-off are not affected.

 This change is to allow front desk clerks to devote time for processing residential and commercial permit applications that have completed plan review.

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