Lihue town revitalization: Things to know, when to go

  • Ryan Collins / The Garden Island

    Two Kiewet Infrastructure employees work on a pathway near the Historic County Building Thursday afternoon as part of the Lihue Town Core Mobility and Revitalization Project.

  • Ryan Collins / The Garden Island

    A Kiewet Infrastructure employee works off of Rice Street as part of the Lihue Town Core Mobility and Revitalization Project Thursday afternoon.

LIHUE — If you drive down Hardy Street, Eiwa Street, Umi Street, or go to park at the Pi’ikoi Parking lot, you will notice the ongoing construction that started in some streets as early as March and April and is scheduled to wrap up in January of next year, according to the county of Kauai.

The Lihue Town Core Mobility and Revitalization project is being completed by Kiewit Infrastructure and the County of Kauai through a $15.1 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant and a $2 million match for the county of Kauai.

Currently, the construction for Rice Steet is in phase 1A between Haleko Road and Kalena Street, eastbound, on weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., through July, weather pending. The scope of work for Rice Street Phase 1A construction consists of demolition and construction of road, sidewalk, driveways, and landscaping.

Traffic will continue on Rice Street throughout the duration of the project and area businesses will remain open during construction. Pedestrian access will be available with temporary detours clearly marked.

Dates of construction for future phases of the project are as follows:

• Rice Street Phase 1B: Rice Street, between Kalena Street to Ho‘olako Street, eastbound, July 15 to Sept. 15.

• Rice Street Phase 1C: Rice Street, between Ho‘olako Street to Kalena Street, westbound, Sept. 15 to Nov. 15.

• Rice Street Phase 1D: Rice Street, between Kalena Street to Haleko Road, westbound, Nov. 15 to Jan. 15, 2020.

Additionally, construction continues for the Civic Center to Convention Hall shared use path and Eiwa Street between Hardy Street and Rice Street.

Work completed this week included: Sidewalk survey and sawcut— south side of Rice Street between Haleko St. and Ewalu Street.

Work next week will include: Sidewalk demolition and construction— South side of Rice Street between Haleko St. and Eiwa Street.

According to the project’s website,, construction activities will include demolition and grading for new concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks, parking and driveway paving, installation of drainage structures and improvements, installation of concrete curb and gutter and sidewalks, parking and driveway paving, installation of bus shelters, rectangular rapid flashing beacons, traffic signals, landscaping and site furnishings, asphalt paving and restriping of roadway.

Bus service will remain as scheduled throughout the course of the project, but there will be temporary movement of several of the stops to allow for construction. The temporary bus stops will be near their current locations.

  1. Uncleaina May 13, 2019 6:22 am Reply

    Everyone should check out the website listed in the article-it’s not from our county government, it’s from Kiewet the huge construction company. Most of their employees are not Kauai people. So not a huge boost for our local economy. Reading the website you see that the main reason they cite for doing this ridiculous project is because Rice Steet is “dangerous”. Huh?? Apparently it’s a place of lots of “speeding” and limited visibility. It’s a perfectly straight 4 lane road like thousands of others – what are they even talking about? But they’re gonna make it one lane in each direction with a center turning lane for all of you needing to turn into Midas or the pawn shop. The website describes how Lihue was the “vibrant hub” of Kauai and how making 40 street parking spots on Rice Steet is gonna make it like that again. Sure it will guys. Sure.

  2. Honkey tonk May 13, 2019 8:01 am Reply

    I dont get it……total waste of money and resources

  3. Honkey tonk May 13, 2019 10:54 am Reply

    I dont get it….using all that money and resources for what?

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