Abercrombie releases nearly $800K for Kaua‘i highways

LIHU‘E — Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Friday afternoon he will be releasing $27.7 million for additional capital improvement projects statewide. Kaua‘i will receive nearly $800,000 for highway improvements and an undisclosed amount for other projects related to transportation, health and health services, communications and agriculture.

“We’re grateful to the governor for releasing funds for much-needed infrastructure projects on Kaua‘i,” Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. said.

Abercrombie said in a press release that “CIP work performed throughout the state will create local jobs and add to the steady growth that Hawai‘i is now experiencing.”

Kaumuali‘i Highway will benefit from $774,000 to be used in improvements in the area near milepost 25.9. The project includes installation of larger culverts and debris-resistant outlets to increase drainage capacity and minimize clogging.

An additional $10,000 was released to improve guardrails at milepost 6.25 of Kuhio Highway, milepost 15.8 of Kaumuali‘i Highway and milepost 3.6 of Kuamo‘o Road.

Kaua‘i will also benefit from $501,400 funds to be used in bridge inspections and appraisals statewide, including the development of a statewide plan of action for scour bridges.

Abercrombie released $11 million for information and communication projects statewide. The funds will be used for design and construction of health and safety improvements to support the state’s Anuenue and Hawaiian Microwave System and to expand radio coverage on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui and Big Island.

Several state Department of Health facilities statewide, including the Kaua‘i Friendship House and Hanapepe, will receive $6.9 million altogether.

The money will be used for improvements, repairs, design and construction.

The state Department of Agriculture will receive $200,000 to prepare a statewide Agricultural Water Use and Plan.

“Projects like these will put people back to work, which is so important in this economy,” Carvalho said.

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