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Highway improvements begin in Waimea


A widening and improvement project for Mamalahoa Highway through Waimea town is scheduled to begin this week.

The estimated seven-month project will alleviate traffic congestion and improve traffic flow through the town’s center.

Goodfellow Bros. is the contractor for the project, which encompasses a stretch of roadway from North Hawaii Community Hospital to the 56-mile marker east of Waimea.

Included in the project are:

* A new center left turn lane on Mamalahoa Highway from Kinohou Street to the 56 mile marker
* Improve the existing traffic signal at the Kamamalu Street intersection
* Relocating the center median strip which runs by Church Row
* Additional lanes and improvement of drainage along a 4,900-foot stretch of the roadway

Improvements are based on the Waimea Traffic Circulation Study commissioned by the county in 2006 with input from the Waimea community to retain the rural, ranching character of Waimea, according to Warren Lee, director of the county Department of Public Works.

Both lanes of traffic will remain open for the duration of the project; weekday construction hours are expected to be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No work is scheduled for weekends or holidays.

Weather permitting, the improvements should be completed by the end of October 2010, at an estimated cost of $4.5 million.

To keep the community updated on the project’s progress, Goodfellow Bros. will host weekly public meetings; time and place of these meetings are yet to be determined, Lee said.

For more information about this project, visit

The Waimea Traffic Circulation Study is also online at (click on ‘project information’)

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