Construction on Kaiminani Drive in North Kona is scheduled to begin next week. Improvements will begin just below the intersection at Mamalahoa Highway for approximately one mile ending near Ahiahi Street.
Improvements will focus on roadway reconstruction and drainage improvements that include 6-foot-wide shoulders, drainage structures and swales, and driveway tie-ins on Kaiminani to prevent a “drop-off” between the reconstructed pavement and the existing driveways, retaining walls, utility adjustment and relocation, mailbox and newspaper box relocation, road resurfacing, signs and restriping.
The contractor working with the property owners will coordinate removal, and/or trimming plants located in the county right-of-way.
The temporary relocation of postal and newspaper boxes and temporary shutdown of water and utility services will be coordinated with the U.S. Postal Service, the contractor, utility companies, property owners and county agencies.
Traffic management plans will be in place between the construction hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. No weekend, holiday or nighttime work is scheduled at this time.
Contractor Jas W. Glover Ltd. was awarded the $10 million improvement project. The Federal Highway Administration is funding 80 percent of the $10 million construction cost.
Construction is expected to take a year.