Roadway resurfacing to begin Monday

An estimated $500,000 county job to resurface a nearly 3-mile segment of Kahekili Highway will be done in-house by Department of Public Works crews and begin Monday, according to an announcement from the department’s Highways Division.

The project will run 2.9 miles from Milepost 11 (near Wailena Gulch) to Kahakuloa Bridge. Work will involve road closures and alternating-lane traffic control from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Work includes resurfacing the highway; repairing potholes, depressions and cracking; cutting and removing overhanging trees, brush and vegetation; cleaning and widening shoulders and pavement; and paving shoulder swales for less erosion and better drainage.

The project’s first phase starts Monday. During work hours, Wailuku-bound traffic will not be allowed from Kahakuloa Bridge to makai of Kaukini Art Gallery.

Traffic will be able to travel to the gallery from Wailuku until the paving reaches the gallery.

When that happens, the road will be closed between Wailena Gulch at Nobriga’s corral to east of the gallery. Traffic from the Wailuku direction will not be allowed to continue to Kahakuloa Village during work hours.

The work schedule may be affected by poor weather conditions. However, crews will work to expedite the project to avoid inconveniencing motorists.

Preparation work began in September. The project is expected to be completed at the end of April.

For more information, call the division’s Wailuku District supervisor, Raynard Oshiro, at 270-7443.