Funding released for retaining walls

Gov. Linda Lingle has released $3.91 million to construct retaining walls to control erosion at various locations along Kaumuali‘i Highway, Kuhio Highway and Kuamo‘o Road on Kaua‘i.

The retaining walls will be constructed in areas where significant erosion has occurred as well as other areas where health and safety could be compromised if no action is taken in the near future, a news release states.

This project will correct existing conditions and mitigate future erosion.

The project also includes repairing portions of a privately owned retaining wall that collapsed due to erosion that occurred within the state right-of-way along Kaumuali‘i Highway, near mile marker 16 in Ele‘ele.

The project will be awarded in August and construction is expected to start in October and be completed by the end of the year.

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