Makaha high­way work to start soon

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - ——— By Star-Ad­ver­tiser staff

The state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion plans to be­gin resur­fac­ing Far­ring­ton High­way from Kili Drive to Kaena Point in Makaha in the com­ing weeks.

The $10.8 mil­lion project, 80 per­cent of which is funded through fed­eral money and 20 per­cent from state dol­lars, in­cludes resur­fac­ing the 6-mile stretch, as well as safety im­prove­ments such as shoul­der widen­ing, util­ity adjustments, guardrail up­grades, rum­ble strip and speed bump in­stal­la­tion, and pave­ment strip­ing, ac­cord­ing to DOT.

Crews plan to be­gin work later this month or early next month, DOT said. Traf­fic will be con­traflowed dur­ing lane clo­sures from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day. The project is slated for com­ple­tion by the end of the year, the depart­ment said. An ar­chae­ol­o­gist will be on site dur­ing work that passes through ar­eas deemed his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant.

The project is part of DOT’s shift to fo­cus on preser­va­tion and main­te­nance of ex­ist­ing roads due to lack of money. The depart­ment said in March that it does not have enough money at this time to build an al­ter­nate route through the Wa­ianae Coast, de­spite a grow­ing call from res­i­dents and of­fi­cials over many years that an­other road is needed to re­lieve traf­fic con­ges­tion and ad­dress public safety con­cerns.

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Crews plan to be­gin work later this month or early next month resur­fac­ing Far­ring­ton High­way from Kili Drive in Makaha to Kaena Point, the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion said.

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DOT had said it is in­stead fo­cus­ing on im­prove­ments to Far­ring­ton High­way that would bring some relief sooner, in­clud­ing the resur­fac­ing, in­stalling cam­eras to mon­i­tor traf­fic flow and com­plet­ing the turn-lane project in Nanakuli.

For more in­for­ma­tion on lane clo­sures, visit hi­dot. hawaii.gov/high­ways/ road­work/oahu.

DEN­NIS ODA / DODA@STARAD­VER­TISER.COM

The 12th An­nual Daikon Fes­ti­val Satur­day at the Hon­bushin In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter in Mililani of­fered fam­i­lies the op­por­tu­nity to dig up the white radish and sam­ple dif­fer­ent daikon dishes. A veg­etable bazaar, small crafts booth, live en­ter­tain­ment and cook­ing demon­stra­tions rounded out the event. Harry Mit­sui and his grand­daugh­ter Ryleigh Mat­sushita, 10, showed their just-har­vested car­rots and daikon. Mit­sui might be known best for lead­ing Wa­ianae High School to six out of eight OIA foot­ball cham­pi­onship wins as coach from 1985 to 1992.

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