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April 4, 2003



          Residents of Kailua are advised that new traffic controls will be in effect when work on the Kalaheo Avenue Sewer Reconstruction Project starts the second increment of its first phase on Monday (April 7).

          Five police officers will assist in directing motorists on Monday, when pre-construction work preparations begin.  The work includes surveying, waterline relocation, probing for existing utilities, installing settlement markers and laying out test grout columns.

          The second increment work, estimated to cost $16.8 million, will run from Kainui Drive to Dune Circle. Two lanes will be closed to through traffic along Kalaheo Avenue and motorists will be routed from Kalaheo Avenue to Kainalu Drive via Kainui Drive and Kuulei Road.  These controls will be in effect from Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  During non-work hours, one lane for northbound traffic along Kalaheo Avenue will be re-opened with the other lane closed as an on-site staging area for equipment.

          The Kalaheo project is necessary to improve and increase the size/capacity of existing sewer lines as well as replace old deteriorated portions of the line. Approximately 4,300 feet of sewer line will ultimately be replaced or reconstructed to reduce the threat of sewage spills.  Most of the lines will be installed using microtunneling, an underground boring method which is quieter and less disruptive to the community.

          This is one part of our island-wide master plan to improve the city sewer system over the next 10 years.  Since 1994, the city administration has committed up to one billion dollars to improve our sewer system.

          Westcon Microtunneling, Inc. is the project contractor.  More information on the project is available at




Friday, April 04, 2003

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