Courtesy Release for HCDA – Kalaeloa Improvement Projects Set to Begin

WORK ON KALAELOA SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS BEGIN JAN. 17

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Community Development Authority (HCDA) has a greenlight this month to begin work on improvement projects in Kalaeloa, O’ahu that will make the roadways safer for the community.  Construction will commence on January 17, 2012, and is expected to continue for approximately six months.

The projects were identified as high-priority by the community as part of the HCDA’S ongoing collaborative efforts with advisory groups.  In 2006, HCDA formed the Kalaeloa Community Network and the Kalaeloa Public Safety groups, which consist of community stakeholders, landowners, elected officials and government agencies.  The groups meet monthly to volunteer their time, share resources and develop partnerships that improve conditions in Kalaeloa.

The advisory groups helped the HCDA to identify five of the most challenging roadway areas in the district, and the agency submitted a request for funding to the Hawai’i State Legislature.  The Legislature enacted Act213 (2007) and Act 158 (2008) that together appropriated $1.1 million for these safety improvements.

“Collaboration and communityinvolvement are essential to the successful redevelopment of Kalaeloa, an important part of leeward O’ahu,” said Governor Neil Abercrombie,whose involvement in the revitalization of Kalaeloa began during his tenure inthe U.S. House of Representatives.  As a congressman, he sponsored special language conveying approximately 300 acres of land in Kalaeloa to the HCDA. This specification was included in the Defense Authorization Act FY2010 and signed by President Barack Obama on October 29, 2009.

“In the last several years,Kalaeloa has sprouted new businesses and industries, generated job opportunities in the area, and added educational facilities and recreational options,” Governor Abercrombie added.  However, as the population increases, it is imperative that the roadway network is maintained with public safety in mind.  These initial and necessary safety improvements represent an important and necessary partnership between HCDA and the community that it serves.”

The work will consist of the installation of traffic signs and pavement markings, minor grading work and  traffic lane realignment at five separate locations.  The five locations  are:

1.       Project Site 1:        “S” curve on Coral Sea Road

2.       Project Site 2:        Roosevelt Avenue andPhilippine Sea Street intersection

3.       Project Site 3:        Coral Sea Road and EisenhowerRoad intersection

4.       Project Site 4:        Coral Sea Road and TripoliStreet intersection

5.       Project Site 5:        Roosevelt Avenue and Coral SeaRoad

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