Koloa bypass work starts tomorrow

The resurfacing of the Koloa bypass road will begin tomorrow.

The project is expected to be completed in June.

Road crews are scheduled to work all day Saturday and Sunday. After this weekend work will continue Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. While the work continues, the Koloa bypass road will only be open to one-lane traffic.

Motorists are advised to anticipate delays and consider taking alternate routes.

Niu Construction was awarded a $2.1 million contract to resurface the bypass road using full-depth reclamation, a roadway recycling process in which an existing road is pulverized, re-compacted, and topped off with a new layer of asphalt concrete pavement.

“Instead of using the standard method of road resurfacing for the Koloa bypass road, we decided to utilize full-depth reclamation because of the cost-savings and longer lifespan, and it’s also environmentally friendly,” said Mayor Bryan Baptiste, in a release.

Alejandro Pascual, assistant chief of the county’s Engineering Division, is anxious to start the Koloa bypass road project.

“I believe this will be the second project in the state to use full-depth reclamation,” said Pascual, in the release. “On the Mainland, this method has been used successfully for a number of years.”

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