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Thursday, September 21, 2000

Main route to Kapolei’s
business area to be rebuilt

The work on Palailai Interchange will
be done at night and on weekends
to avoid traffic tie-ups

By Harold Morse

The state is reconstructing Palailai Interchange, the main access route to Kapolei Business Park and Campbell Industrial Park.

The goal is to accomplish the work without any major traffic disruptions.

Kalaeloa Boulevard will also be reconstructed.

Map Weekend and night work will minimize the effect on traffic, according to information given yesterday at an open house at the Campbell Building in Kapolei.

Work on the $7.5 million project will begin early next year and last about 18 months.

"We had nine people show up tonight," said Jadine Urasaki, a civil engineer with the state highways division.

"They wanted to really know what the schedule was going to be and how it would impact them.

"Most of the people who came were from the Campbell Industrial Park area," Urasaki said.

"They just want to be able to be updated on any new elements that come up for the project."

Palailai Interchange is also near Kapolei Water Park.

Road shoulders now paved with asphalt will be replaced with concrete.

Kalaeloa Boulevard Bridge Deck Crossing over H-1 freeway will be repaired.

Improvements will also be done to the existing drainage system, including subsurface work.

Guardrails will be upgraded, new signs will go in and new striping will be added.

In Phase I, reconstruction of part of Kalaeloa Boulevard and its shoulders will take about 100 days of weekend work.

Kalaeloa Boulevard Bridge Deck Repairs will take about 30 days of night and weekend work.

The Kalaeloa drainage work and guardrail and sign replacement will take 30 days.

Phase II will consist of reconstructing an on-ramp to Palailai Interchange from Kalaeloa Boulevard and two Palailai lanes that lead to H-1 and Farrington Highway, respectively.

The on-ramp that leads onto H-1 eastbound will also be reconstructed.

This will take 140 days of night and weekend work.

Reconstructing a Palailai Interchange offramp and the Palailai ramp that leads onto Farrington eastbound will take 45 days, and replacement of Palailai Interchange guardrails and signs will take 60 days.

Phase III will consist of 45 days of work to reconstruct the asphalt pavement of the portion of Farrington Highway that goes past the interchange.

Comments on the project may be faxed to 587-2340.

They may also be mailed to the State Highways Division, 869 Punchbowl St., Room 514, Honolulu 96813, but they must be received by tomorrow.

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