LIHUE — The first phase of construction for the Lihue Town Core Mobility and Revitalization project will begin Tuesday and work will continue on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., according to the Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
The scope of work will consist of construction of the Civic Center to Convention Hall Path that will be located between the War Memorial Convention Hall on Hardy Street and the Wilcox Elementary School campus parking lot in the vicinity of Umi Street.
“We thank the public for your patience and understanding, as construction for this long-awaited project is set to begin,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. “The is the first step to revitalizing the heart of Lihue and creating alternative modes of transportation for everyone.”
This phase of the project is expected to be completed by mid-December.
Motorists are encouraged to allow for extra travel time when driving near the work area and observe and follow all construction traffic controls. Please exercise caution when commuting through this area.
This project is funded in part from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. In 2015, the County of Kauai was awarded this $15.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The county will fund an additional $2 million to the project.
TIGER grants are targeted investments for local communities that increase safety, create jobs and modernize the country’s infrastructure.
The Lihue Town Core Mobility and Revitalization project includes streetscape improvements, development of a transit hub, new and expanded sidewalks, a shared-use path, improved bus stops and bike facilities, safer pedestrian crossings, and dedicated on-street parking.
The Lihue Town Core Mobility and Revitalization project is part of Carvalho’s Holo Holo 2020 vision.
The vision calls for all organizations, businesses, residents and visitors on Kauai to be part of creating an island that is sustainable, values the native culture, has a thriving and healthy economy, cares for all — keiki to kupuna — and has a responsible and user- friendly local government.