Revitalization project open house set

LIHUE — The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. will hold an open house and presentation on the Lihue Town Core Revitalization project on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Wilcox Elementary School Cafeteria.

This open house and presentation will provide information and status of the project, including an overview of the phasing of the construction work anticipated to be completed by late 2019.

“The Lihue Town Core Mobility and Revitalization project will improve safety for all users, including those driving, walking, bicycling, and taking transit,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. “It will increase the number of full-time parking spaces along Rice Street to support economic development.”

The project includes streetscape improvements, development of a transit hub, new and expanded sidewalks, a shared-use path, improved bus stops and bike facilities, safer pedestrian crossings, and dedicated on-street parking.

This project is funded in part from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

In 2015, the County of Kauai was awarded this $15.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The county will fund an additional $2 million to the project. TIGER grants are targeted investments for local communities that increase safety, create jobs, and modernize the country’s infrastructure.

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