Money for Rice Street in works

LIHU’E—Kaua’i County Council has given preliminary approval to an additional

$310,900 for matching monies to complete the $6.75 million projected

reconstruction of Rice Street.

Before final approval of the funds transfer,

the council will conduct a public hearing Aug. 16.

“It’s the continuation

of the state project, including sidewalks and road improvements,” said Russell

Sugano, the county’s chief of engineering operations.

Sugano said

improvements to the mile-long stretch of Rice Street are expected to start near

the end of this year.

The bulk of money for the project is federal, he

said.

The project’s current low bidder is Goodfellow Brothers, a local firm

(Po’ipu and Puhi) that has “done a lot of projects” for the county, Sugano

said.

Staff writer Dennis Wilken can be reached at 245-3681 (ext.

252).

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