Kapa’a bypass passed by again

Because of federal red tape, there will be no new Kapa`a bypass road built in

the near future.

Steve Kyono, who heads the state’s highway division on

Kaua`i, said the decision to utilize federal funds for a bypass has extended

the timeline on the proposed project.

“We have to revise our whole process”

in order to “conform to the National Environmental Policy Act, plus state

laws,” Kyono explained at a Kaua’i County Council meeting Wednesday.

Kyono

predicted at least two years of paperwork even after a consultant is selected,

hopefully early next year.

“There are a tremendous amount of wetlands

involved,” he said.

“We’re shifting gears and using federal money, which

means we first have to go back and validate what’s already been done (in

previous studies),” he added.

But Kyono said while all the studies are

ongoing, the highway department is planning improvements on the temporary

bypass route.

When questioned by Councilman Brian Baptiste on whether a

traffic signal on the bypass route is in the works, Kyono said, “We’re not

looking for a traffic signal.”

But Kyono did say that the bypass, currently

not a 24-hour route because it passes through Amfac cane fields, will likely be

transformed into a round-the-clock route after Amfac harvests the cane crop

currently in the ground.

Kyono said discussions with two new property

owners is ongoing, and that Amfac is out of the picture.

Staff writer

Dennis Wilken can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) and

dwilken@pulitzer.net

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