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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />David Yamamoto, P.E. <br />Harry Kim <br />Director <br />Mayor <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Allan G. Simeon, P.E. <br />Wil Okabe <br /> <br /> <br /> Deputy Director <br /> Managing Director <br /> <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i <br /> <br />DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS <br />Aupuni Center <br />101 Pauahi Street, Suite 7 · Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720-4224 <br />(808) 961-8321 · Fax (808) 961-8630 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2019 <br />CONTACT: Denise Laitinen, <br />DPW Information & Education Specialist, 808.961-8499 <br /> <br /> <br />Upcoming Ali‘i Drive Culvert Replacement Work is Focus of <br />May 17 Community Meeting in Kona <br /> <br /> <br />Kailua-Kona, HI - A public meeting will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the West <br />Hawai‘i Civic Center’s Community Meeting Hale (Bldg. G), 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole <br />Highway, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to discuss work that is about to get underway on <br />the Ali‘i Drive Culvert Replacement Project. The purpose of the project is to build a safe, <br />properly sized structure that provides for the needs of motorists, pedestrians, and <br />bicyclists and reduces flood hazard in the area. <br /> <br />Built in 1937, the existing double-cell culvert bridging the Waiaha Drainageway on Ali‘i <br />Drive, adjacent to the Kona Tiki Hotel, is being demolished. Due to its proximity and <br />exposure to the shoreline, especially during high surf conditions, the culvert’s <br />reinforcement steel became severely corroded and is now structurally deficient. In 2012 <br />DPW installed temporary shoring with heavy timbers. <br /> <br />The new culvert and bridge will have a wider stream flow opening, a longer span and <br />wider lane bridge with wider shoulders for pedestrians and bicyclists. <br /> <br />At the meeting, the public will hear updates from DPW Project Engineer Ben Ishii and <br />project contractor, Isemoto Contracting, Co. Ltd., about the scope of the project and what <br />area residents can expect during construction. The project is slated to get underway <br />within the coming weeks and has an estimated completion date of May 2021. <br /> <br />Neighborhoods within close proximity of Ali‘i Culvert are encouraged to attend. <br /> <br />If you require special accommodations or auxiliary aid and/or services to participate in this <br />meeting (i.e. sign language interpreter, large print) or for more details on the meeting, <br />please call Denise Laitinen, Department of Public Works, Information and Education <br />Specialist at (808) 961-8499. <br />County of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. <br /> <br />