Road repaving holds up Lihu’e traffic for 5 hours

LIHU’E — Traffic through Lihu’e town was detoured for nearly 5 hours yesterday

due to road repaving on sections connecting Kaumuali’i and Kuhio

highways.

In some cases, the work created traffic jams for motorists who

had taken alternate routes around the work.

Tuesday morning, Niu

Construction work crews began repaving about 200 feet of roadway and finished

the work at 2:30 p.m., when the road was reopened between the two highways,

said Glenn Yamamoto, a spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation

Highways Division on Kaua’i.

During the work, traffic was detoured to

Ahukini Road, Hardy Street, parts of Hardy Street and Nawiliwili Road and other

side streets which led to Kaumuali’i Highway.

The work is part of a $13

million project by the state DOT to reconfigure the intersection of Kuhio and

Kaumuali’i Highway to accommodate increased traffic flow through

Lihu’e.

Work by Goodfellow Brothers, the general contractor, and its

subcontractors, began the work in April.

A majority of the work — paving

the roads, installation of signal lights and pavement markers and striping

— is anticipated to be completed by the end of June, Yamamoto said.

Landscaping also is planned for the project.

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