Public meeting to address emergency repairs on Kamehameha Hwy.

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A public meeting has been scheduled to discuss emergency repair work on Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa.

On Friday, April 10, Gov. David Ige signed a proclamation authorizing the Hawaii Department of Transportation to begin the roughly $3 million project.

Work will include restoring the highway’s foundation and pavement surface between the Makaua Village condominium and Crouching Lion Inn, and stabilizing an adjacent retaining wall.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, April 21, 7-8 p.m., at Kaaawa Elementary School Cafeteria, 51-296 Kamehameha Highway.

Representatives will present proposed construction alternatives under consideration, including nighttime and weekend work to minimize the construction duration, collect input and answer questions about the project.

As KHON2 previously reported, there are stretches of highway where pieces of the road are literally falling into the ocean.

“Reconstruction of the highway foundation is necessary to maintain public safety for our residents and visitors,” said Ige. “An average of 11,000 vehicles pass through this area daily. These emergency repairs will help to ensure access to and from North Shore communities remains open.”

Construction is expected to begin as early as the end of the month and last approximately three months.

Daily work schedules will be dependent on the final design.

An archaeological monitor will be on-site during the excavation and trenching process.Read the full proclamation here.

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