DLNR begins improvements to Kokee-Waimea Canyon water system

LIHUE — The Department of Land and Natural Resources began improvements last week to a section of the water system of the Kokee-Waimea Canyon State Park complex.

The project area includes the water system section between the Makaha Ridge storage tank and the Puu Ka Pele pavilion complex, and will be located within existing access and service roadways used by park staff and lessees of the recreational lots in the area.

Improvement will include installation of a new 6-inch water main, new water meters, new lateral connections to adjacent lots, fire control laterals, repair of the affected roadways and related work.

Completion of the $2 million project is expected to be March 2014. The project contractor is Goodfellow Bros., Inc.

Impacts include construction activities on these internal roadways and adjacent lots. Local area access will be allowed as necessary, and traffic control and safety measures will be implemented.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of the community in this park area, as the water system improvements are needed to ensure service to the recreational lots and our park facilities,” said Dan Quinn, State Parks administrator.

A public meeting for community members was held on Oct. 5 at the pavilion in Kokee State Park.


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