Two Major Highway Projects Accepting Bids -As part of the five-point plan for economic action, the Lingle-Aiona Administration’s initiative to invest in the state’s transportation infrastructure received a boost this week as the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced it is accepting bids for major highway projects on Oahu and Maui

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The projects, the H-1 Freeway P.M. Contraflow and Pearl City and Waimalu Viaducts Improvements Projects on Oahu and the Lahaina Bypass Project, Phase 1B-1 on Maui, will help Hawaii motorists get through traffic and home to their families faster than ever before.

On Oahu, the projects will create an afternoon contraflow lane on H1 and continue improvements to the Pearl City and Waimalu Viaducts. On Maui, the project will continue work on the Lahaina Bypass project.


“We are very excited about moving forward with these traffic solutions,” said Brennon Morioka, director, DOT. “The projects are part of the state’s efforts to stimulate the economy and create jobs, and represent the ongoing commitment of the Lingle-Aiona Administration to improve and modernize Hawaii’s transportation infrastructure,” Morioka added.

The department reported that for every million dollars spent, an estimated 12 or 13 jobs will be created.

“That’s money that will trickle down not just to contractors and construction workers, but to equipment operators, suppliers, delivery people, architects, various subcontractors and so on,” Director Morioka said.

Work on Oahu will combine two projects in order to reduce impact to the public, construction time and costs.

Improvements to the viaducts will enhance the safety of the aging Pearl City and Waimalu viaducts along the H-1 freeway while the afternoon contraflow lane will alleviate westbound traffic congestion during weekday afternoon rush-hours. The lane will consist of a barrier system that will function similar to the current A.M. ZipperLane, from Honolulu International Airport to Waikele.

The design and construction work for this project will be an estimated $75 million, funded 90 percent by federal dollars.

Continued work on the Honoapi`ilani Highway Realignment Project, commonly known as the “Lahaina Bypass,” will provide an alternate route around Lahaina town. This portion will span approximately 1.7 miles from Lahainaluna Road, connecting to the ongoing work on Phase 1A, and south to Hokiokio Place. This phase is an estimated $50 million, 80 percent federally funded.

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