Harbor upgrades planned

LIHUE — The state is planning upgrades to the drainage system and roadways at Nawiliwili Harbor, and the draft plan is available for public comment.

Set for breaking ground next summer, the estimated $1.6 million project’s goal is to eliminate flooding at the access of Piers 2 and 3, and to create a safe walkway for pedestrians.

The project proposes paving 700 feet of the internal harbor access road, setting up concrete dividers to create a pedestrian walkway, and drainage improvements.

“No lane closures on roadways outside the harbor are anticipated,” said Tim Sakahara, state Department of Transportation spokesman.

Construction will be limited to daylight hours.

Upgrades to the drainage system are also on the docket, including a new box culvert and swale to carry water from the harbor entrance off Waapa Road to the northwest corner of the harbor.

HDOT took the seabirds into account in the draft environmental assessment, and the one new light planned for the area is a 120-volt, light-emitting diode that’s downward facing and fully shielded.

The pole will be buried at least 6.6 feet deep, and located near the existing gate entry from Waapa Road.

The project also includes the reconstruction of an existing security fence.

“The internal harbor roadway from Waapa Road to Pier 3 will be temporarily unavailable to vehicular traffic during the paving portion of the work,” Sakahara said.

Construction is expected to take nine months.

The project’s draft EA is open for public comment until Sept. 22.

It can be viewed at http://oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/EA_EIS_Library/2017-08-23-KA-DEA-Nawiliwili-Harbor-Improvements.pdf.

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