Pe‘ekaua‘i ditch maintenance to slow traffic, disrupt water service

The Department of Land and Natural Resources will begin maintenance work on the Pe‘ekaua‘i ditch next week, clearing silt from the ditch and culverts from the Waimea Swinging Bridge going north 700 feet, according to a press release.

The project will take two workweeks, from Monday through Oct. 9, with project contractor PMO Construction working weekdays, excluding Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The project will require intermittent brief closures of the one-lane Menehune Ditch road. GP Roadway Solutions will direct traffic flow, and road delays should be anticipated. PMO Construction will have an archaeologist on site daily to observe the project, the release said.

“This necessary maintenance project has been scheduled so that irrigation water service will be available to farmers Friday through Sunday. However, farmers should be aware that irrigation water service will be shut down from Monday through Thursday while the cleaning work is completed,” said Laura H. Thielen, DLNR chairperson, in the release.

The project cost is $93,060.

For more information contact the DLNR Kaua‘i Land Division office at 274-3491.

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