HDOT Restriping Update for Route 130
The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) has announced restriping of Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road (Route 130) between Shower Drive and Kaloli Drive in Kea‘au through late August.
The striping work, in preparation for the AM northbound contraflow, will take place Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. The striping will add a permanent Pāhoa-bound lane to Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road between Shower Drive and Kaloli Drive and is expected to be completed in late August, weather permitting.
Motorists are advised that during the striping, the dedicated right turn from Shower Drive onto north-bound Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road will be allowed during the morning rush with cones to separate the turning traffic from oncoming north-bound traffic on Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road.
Motorists are asked to drive with caution in the area. This measure is being taken to mitigate the congestion experienced on the first day of restriping. However, after the striping is complete, the dedicated right turn will be removed to encourage drivers to use the main road instead of the privately-owned back roads.
After the striping is complete, HDOT will begin operating the AM north-bound contraflow to provide two north-bound lanes from Kaloli Drive to Shower Drive. Setup of the contraflow will be similar to the contraflow tested in April and May of 2018 that showed a time savings of 15 minutes for north-bound motorists.
Contraflow operations are expected to begin Monday, Aug. 26. Additional information on the contraflow will be released as the striping project progresses.