Public Meeting Next Week on Pahoa Roundabout
by Big Island Now Staff
State transportation officials will hold an informational meeting for the public next week on the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Keaau Elementary School cafeteria.
The Department of Transportation hopes to improve safety and traffic flow by converting the existing T-intersection to a single-lane roundabout.
The intersection has been the site of numerous accidents since the construction of the Pahoa bypass and subsequent development of the nearby Malama Marketplace and Woodland Center.
A $20 million shopping center also has been proposed for three parcels of land on the other side of Pahoa Village Road from the Woodland Center.
The project includes slope reinforcement, landscaping improvements, street lights and drainage improvements. It will also have ADA-compliant curb ramps and sidewalks and guardrails.
Construction, which is anticipated to take up to 12 months, will require establishment of a temporary detour and work-zone traffic control.