HILO, Hawaii: There will be a public meeting to gather comments on an upcoming Environmental Assessment for the Kapiolani Street Extension on June 6th, county officials report.
From the Department of Public Works, via the office of the Mayor:
The Department of Public Works is conducting a public information meeting Wednesday, June 6 at the Aupuni Center Conference room, 101 Pauahi Street, Hilo to gather comments for a draft Environmental Assessment. The assessment examines a proposed extension of Hilo’s Kapi‘olani Street that will connect between Lanikāula and Mohouli Streets.
Displays of the project will be on view at 6:00 p.m. followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Extending Kapi‘olani Street 0.5-mile will provide an alternate emergency evacuation route, improve traffic flow on Kīlauea Avenue, Kino‘ole Street, and the surrounding streets, and accommodate bike and pedestrian travel. Construction plans may include drainage improvements, utility installation and relocation, traffic signals at two intersections, and a concrete bridge across Waiākea Stream. The Environmental Assessment will assess impacts and identify mitigation measures for this project.
For information, special accommodations, auxiliary aid, and/or services to participate in this meeting, (i.e., sign language interpreter, large print), please call (808) 961-8321.
Last year, the Hawaii County Council gave the planned $8.7 million dollar Kapi’olani Street Extension the go ahead to secure capital improvement project funding. This was one of the projects that the mayor’s office had informally proposed as a part of the $56 million bond request at the time.
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At his 2011 state of the county address delivered in Hilo, Mayor Billy Kenoi explained the reasoning for his request to extend the road, saying it is crucial to the growth of the University of Hawaii – Hilo, and the envisioned university village that will one day exist in the area (right). During his address, the mayor went on to explain just how important the university is to Hilo, and the future of the Big Island.