Lihu’e Gateway project will break ground Friday

LIHU’E – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Lihu’e Gateway beautification project is set for tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

Lihu’e Gateway beautification at the intersection of Kapule Highway and Ahukini Road focuses on landscaping the primary entrance to the island of Kaua’i from Lihu’e Airport. This includes a three-mile stretch of Kapule Highway from Rice Street to Kuhio Highway and a one-mile stretch of Ahukini Road from the Lihu’e Airport to Kuhio Highway in the Lihu’e business district.

Work on the project includes landscaping, irrigation water pipelines, concrete rubble masonry walls, landscape lighting, storm water runoff drainage, entry wall signs and traffic control. This cooperative effort incorporates island resident volunteers to participate in the planning phase, and a University of Hawai’i-trained urban youth corps work force under the supervision of the prime contractor in landscaping work.

At the completion of this project, the finished landscaping will serve as its centerpiece for the island community’s natural beauty. Island visitors will be treated to the beauty of flowering trees, bushes, and ground cover foliage upon leaving the airport to their island destinations and Kaua’i residents will demonstrate the spirit of ‘ohana as volunteer caretakers of the landscaped corridors in the “adopt a plot” program under the auspices of the County of Kaua’i.

The contractor for this $5.4 million project is Kaua’i Nursery & Landscaping, Inc. This beautification project is a joint effort between federal, state and county governments and is designed to enhance the pristine quality of the island flora.

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