Geotechnical Examinations of Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road to Begin Aug. 1

July 25, 2018, 1:21 PM HST (Updated July 25, 2018, 1:21 PM)

Highway 130. PC: Google Maps

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) is notifying Hawai‘i Island motorists of temporary traffic modifications to Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road (Highway 130) between Shower Drive and Ainaloa Boulevard. Lane shifts will be in place beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., for geotechnical core drilling work.

The core sampling along the corridor is in preparation for design of the Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road Operational and Safety Improvements Project and is expected to continue throughout the month of August. The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 35 mph for the duration of the examinations. Roadwork is weather permitting.


Geotechnical examinations will inform the scope and estimated cost of the Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road Operational and Safety Improvements Project. HDOT previously held an AM contraflow trial on Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road in April 2018 to determine operational impacts of a Hilo-bound AM contraflow lane.

HDOT advises motorists to follow all traffic control signs, allow for extra travel time and to drive with caution when entering the work zone area. For an up to date list of the roadwork schedule, view the HDOT website.



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