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State OKs Honolulu rail archaeological reports

State OKs Honolulu rail archaeological reports

HONOLULU (AP) — The State Historic Preservation Division has approved archaeological survey reports for the Honolulu rail transit project, clearing the way for construction to resume in West Oahu.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation announced the approval Friday. HART says construction on the $5 billion project could resume as early as September, after permit applications are approved.

Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. sued the city in 2011, challenging a decision to conduct an archaeological survey of historic human remains along the proposed corridor in phases.

The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled last year that the survey work should have been completed for the entire 20-mile rail route before construction in Kapolei began. Construction was halted to complete the remaining studies.

Archaeological surveys along the entire route were completed in January.


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