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(Tuesday, September 29, 2009) -- Improving infrastructure and creating job opportunities took center stage today as Mayor Mufi Hannemann and the City & County of Honolulu held a special Road Work Symposium at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

The purpose of the symposium was to provide information about City road work projects to those in the construction industry, including costs, schedules and locations.  In addition, contractors and consultants learned how to work collaboratively with the City on issues such as street usage permits, design standards and contract processing.  More than 200 contractors and consultants registered to attend the event.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann delivered the opening remarks. 

“One of my administration’s most important priorities is investing in our infrastructure,” said Mayor Hannemann.  “Our streets and roads, in particular, link our island community and support our economy, and we are committed to ensuring that they continue to provide a safe and efficient foundation for our transportation network.”

            Hannemann said that nearly $150 million of road work is scheduled over the next 18 months.  “We’re looking at providing a boost to our construction industry at a time when it is most needed,” he said.

            The symposium is a multi-agency presentation effort involving City, state and federal agencies.  A discussion session on new technologies and products featured the following speakers.

  • Wayne Kawano, President Cement and Concrete Products Industry of Hawaii
  • Larry Galehouse, Founding Director of National Center for Pavement Preservation
  • Paul Harker, Federal Highway Administration
  • Jiro Sumada, Deputy Director, State Department of Transportation, Highways Division