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Pohoiki Bypass blessing, opening Monday


The public is invited to the opening and blessing of the new Pohoiki bypass road near Isaac Hale Beach Park in Puna at noon, Monday, Dec. 29.

The three-quarters of a mile long county bypass road will allow motorists to avoid the portion of coastal Highway 137 near Isaac Hale Beach Park where it routinely floods during high tides. William C. Loeffler Construction Inc., is the contractor for the $1.8 million project.

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Fifth District Councilwoman Emily Naeole will participate in Monday’s blessing ceremony , which will be at the newly renovated Isaac Hale Beach Park. Dignitaries then will take the first official ride on the new bypass.

The project is one of several ongoing county Department of Public Works projects in Puna. Other projects include:

Sight Distance and Drainage Improvements

  • $1.5 million in sight distance improvements completed on Ainaloa Drive at Puhala and Silver Oak drives, including a 2,600-foot pedestrian path
  • $2.1 million for drainage improvements on Road 8 in Hawaiian Acres, expected to be completed by October 2009.

Park Improvements, Road Realignment

  • The renovation of Isaac Hale Beach Park was completed earlier this year.
  • Realignment of Highway 137 between the 14 and 15 mile markers, avoiding a stretch where high surf threatened to collapse the road, also was completed in 2007.

Road Widening and Resurfacing

  • Resurfacing of a mile each on S. Puni Mauka, N. Puni Mauka, S. Puni Makai and N. Puni Makai, all in Hawaiian Beaches, was recently completed; resurfacing and widening of 1.5 miles of Pohoiki Road, resurfacing 1.6 miles of road in Nanawale Estates, and 1.6 miles in Hawaiian Beaches, are awaiting scheduling.

Public Safety

  • A new $4.8 million Pahoa Fire Station is nearing completion.
  • A $4.9 million police station in Pahoa is scheduled to begin construction in 2009.

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