Pali Highway roadwork starts in 2016

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Windward Oahu residents have been spared most of the recent road construction and related traffic woes.

But that will change early next year.

The state Department of Transportation held an informational meeting Wednesday to discuss a $44 million project to improve Pali Highway.

The work will include resurfacing and the installation of new LED lighting, as well as guardrails, signs, pavement markings and raising the height of the median.

Key to the project is approval of a noise variance that will allow work at night.

“In order to do that, we need to talk with the neighbors, talk with the community, get feedback, their concerns, their comments and questions before we start any of that overnight work or hours that aren’t your typical nine-to-three o’clock during the daytime hours,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara.

Work is expected to start next year with the initial focus on the stretch of highway from Waokanaka Street over the mountain to Castle Junction, followed by work from Waokanaka down to Vineyard Boulevard.

The project should be completed within two years.

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