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            Work on giving an attractive new look to Chinatown continues with the dedication today of major sidewalk improvements along Maunakea Street.


            Community groups and officials joined to celebrate completion of the project today (Wednesday, November 24), with a dedication in front of the Chinatown Marketplace that featured fireworks and the traditional Chinese lion dance.


            “Our city has worked with community for a number of years to preserve the historic identity of this special place,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “These infrastructure improvements help enhance Chinatown’s vitality as a living and thriving community.”


            The Maunakea Street improvements, which run from King to Beretania streets, follow another sidewalk upgrade on King Street (from River to Bethel Streets).  Two additional upgrades are now under design for Nuuanu Avenue and Smith Street. 


            The $957,000 Maunakea Street project replaced old concrete sidewalks with granite pavers and also installed eight ADA curb ramps at Pauahi and Maunakea streets.  Additional improvements included new street lighting and traffic signal systems, a new fire hydrant and new utility boxes.





Wednesday, November 24, 2004

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