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Kilauea Repaving Work Moves Makai Monday

Posted January 4, 2013, 03:21 PM HST Updated January 5, 2013, 12:08 AM HST
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This was the scene Thursday afternoon on Kilauea Avenue, looking west from the Hualalai Street intersection. Photo by Dave Smith.

A repaving project that is snarling traffic in downtown Hilo is anticipated to continue for at least a month, but one aspect of it is expected to improve late this afternoon.

The resurfacing of Kilauea Avenue between Ponahawai and Pauahi streets has restricted traffic on the busy roadway to one lane in each direction.

A spokeswoman for the county Department of Public Works said preparation of the road for repaving has prevented on-street parking on the mauka side, but that will be restored at 4 p.m. today.

Construction will move to the makai side of Kilauea on Monday, and is expected to take three to four days, weather permitting.

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Work is being done between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The $1.5 million project includes drainage improvements. The county is looking to complete the entire project before the end of March.

In the meantime, motorists are advised to expect delays or use alternate routes.

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