Kuhio Highway to get left-turn lane near Leho and Lydgate

A state Department of Transportation project has gotten underway to provide safer access to Leho Drive from Kuhio Highway.

Since Jan. 13, workers for Koga Engineering and Construction have grubbed the mauka side of the highway to prepare for the construction of a left-turn storage lane from the highway to Leho Drive, which leads to Lydgate Park, according to DOT director Rod Haraga.

The work also involves the construction of a refuge lane on Leho Drive to allow Lihu’e-bound vehicles to make a left turn onto the highway, Haraga said.

DOT officials said the work was being done at a cost of $788,000. The work is anticipated to be completed by September, according to Steve Kyono, who heads the DOT office on Kaua’i.

Related to other public improvement state projects on Kaua’i, the DOT awarded a $264,441 contract to Aina Site Construction Inc. for drainage improvements on Kaumuali’i Highway near the Huleia Stream bridge and on the highway by the Hanapepe Valley lookout.

The work includes the reconstruction and upgrading of existing grated drop inlets, construction of concrete gutters and replacement of guardrails.

The work is scheduled to start by April.

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