Rail project to progress in 2014


HONOLULU (AP) — Despite an unresolved case in federal court, Oahu’s planned rail transit project is scheduled for significant construction work in 2014.

The work resumed last fall in the fields of west Oahu after a year-long court ordered hiatus. The work spread east toward town and into more populated areas — Aiea, Pearl City and Waipahu.

Oahu residents this year can expect to see almost 200 additional concrete columns erected to ultimately support the elevated rail system. Many of the columns will be along Kamehameha Highway west of Aloha Stadium.

The project’s main opponents, meanwhile, criticized the plans to continue construction despite an unresolved lawsuit. The anti-rail group, honolulutraffic.com, said it is concerned the city is trying to push the project through so it “forces the judges’ hands,” said Cliff Slater, the organization’s chairman.

 

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