Makaha highway work to start soon
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.
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.
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.
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.