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Hawai’i Electric Light to Improve Hamakua System Reliability

October 28, 2015, 3:57 PM HST
* Updated October 28, 3:59 PM
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Hawai’i Electric Light is planning to begin construction along Highway 19, between the 24 mile marker in Papa’aloa and the 27 mile marker in Laupahoehoe on the Hamakua Coast.

The work will improve system reliability by upgrading utility infrastructure, including removing and installing poles and upgrading transmission and distribution lines and equipment.

Work on the project is planned to be completed in about two months, weather permitting, according to Hawai’i Electric Light officials.

One lane of traffic will be closed to motorists along sections of the highway from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning Nov. 7.

Security personnel will direct traffic and motorists are advised to drive with extra care through the construction area.


Potential delays up to 45 minutes should also be anticipated. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes if possible.


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