Building begins on islandwide bus project

KAPAHI – A blessing held Tuesday in Kapahi marked the start of the construction phase of the county’s islandwide bus shelter project.

Initially, six shelters, total cost of about $310,000, will be erected in Waimea, next to Ishihara Market; Hanapepe, next to the armory; Lawai, across from the post office; Hanamaulu near Laukona Road; Kapahi, across the Menehune Food Mart and Kilauea, next to the Menehune Food Mart.

The remaining bus shelters will be constructed over the next few years as funding becomes available.

“There are so many people to thank that helped to bring this project to fruition, starting with the community, who provided input on the prioritization of the bus shelters to be built first as well as the aesthetic features of the shelters. There were county and state agencies involved in the plan approval process, and the design consultant completed the engineering and design work,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr.

The Transportation Agency listed the costs of the different shelters, including the Kapahi shelter at $55,100, the Waimea shelter at $55,100, Hanapepe at $37,100, Lawai at $55,100, Hanamaulu near Laukona at $58,000, and Kilauea at $50,200.

Completed bus shelters and costs include: Hanalaulu, $28,560; Kealia, $59,889; Kapaa, $29,468; Kilauea, $37,500 and Princeville, $68,550.

The mayor also acknowledged the organizations that have committed to putting up the shelters including the Boy Scouts, Kauai Filipino Community Council, the Rotary and Lions clubs, as well as others.

The islandwide bus shelter project is one of 38 initiatives that are part of Carvalho’s Holo Holo 2020 vision.

Rep. Derek Kawakami was pleased to see the shelter already breaking ground.

“We have a lot of students and kupuna who use the shelter,” Kawakami said. “Menehune Food Mart even put benches outside for the riders to use while waiting on the bus.  A project like this forges great community relationships.”

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