Council to discuss TIGER grant changes

LIHUE — Slight changes to TIGER grant road projects will be discussed during the Kauai County Council meeting Wednesday.

Lihue’s Rice, Puaole, Hoolako, Kalena, Hoala and Malama streets are part of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER grant program.

The $13.8 million grant, which was received in October, will be appropriated to the Lihue Town Core mobility and revitalization project.

As plans for the road projects move forward, the administration hopes to make few changes to some of the streets, according to a memo from Lyle Tabata, acting county engineer.

Tabata has recommended the following modifications:

w Adding center two-way left turn lanes on Rice and Hoolako streets

w Establishing left turn only lanes on Rice and Hoolako streets

w Establishing marked pedestrian crosswalks across Rice, Puaole, Kalena, Hoala and Malama and Hoolako streets

w Creating bicycle lanes on Rice and Hoolako streets

w Adding bus stops on Rice Street.

The resolution also seeks to limit parking between Haleko Road and Hardy Street to two hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Also during the meeting, the council will discuss changing the name of Kanikoo, an affordable housing development for kupuna, to Rice Camp Senior Housing.

Located in Lihue, Kanikoo is built on what was once Rice Camp, a 5.2-acre plantation acquired by the Kauai County Housing Agency.

Resolution No. 2016-58 seeks to change the name of the development, in an effort to promote the history of the land, which was once home to immigrant workers and their families.

“The families were and continue to be an integral part of the community and history of Lihue,” the resolution states.

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