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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                October 26, 2005

Release M-86




          Work is scheduled to begin next week on the rehabilitation of Harding Avenue, Leahi Avenue and nearby road sections, and motorists in those areas are advised to expect traffic delays and detours as the heavily used roads are reconstructed. 

          The  project,  “Rehabilitation of Streets, Unit 35, Kaimuki / Waialae, ” has been budgeted for $1.9 million and  is expected to take until late next summer.

          “This project is part of our war on potholes,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “These roads need reconstruction. The temporary inconveniences caused by this project  will pay off in the end  with better  road surfaces  that aren’t nearly as prone to potholes as they are now.”
            The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 31, 2005, with a contract duration of 210 calendar days.  Work will be done from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

            The work primarily consists of reconstructing, milling and resurfacing the roads.  Preliminary activities include rebuilding concrete curbs, gutters, driveway aprons, sidewalks and installation of some new drainage improvements.  Additional work includes installation of permanent pavement markings, traffic loop sensors and adjusting utility covers to finish grade.

            Preliminary and paving work will require closing portions of Harding and 5th avenues to through traffic. Access for homeowners in the affected areas will be maintained.  The closures and detours are necessary for safety and to get the work done in a timely fashion. 

Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes or allow extra travel time while driving through the work areas and to observe all traffic controls and posted signs.  Special duty police will be stationed at key locations to assist motorists and pedestrians. 



Michael Yuen, Construction Engineer, 523-4228

Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767



Wednesday, October 26, 2005

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