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Lahaina Bypass Phase 1B-1 open for bids

By Staff | Jan 21, 2010

Work on Phase-1A of the Lahaina Bypass includes building a grade separation structure to allow the new roadway to go under Lahainaluna Road.

HONOLULU — The state Department of Transportation announced that it is accepting bids for the Lahaina Bypass Project, Phase 1B-1.

Phase 1B-1 of the Honoapiilani Highway Realignment Project — more commonly called the Lahaina Bypass — will begin the second of five project phases constructing an alternate route around Lahaina Town. 

This portion will span 1.7 miles from Lahainaluna Road, connecting to the ongoing work on Phase 1A and south to Hokiokio Place. 

This phase is estimated to cost $50 million, funded 80 percent by federal dollars.

Also announcing two major highway projects on Oahu, DOT Director Brennon Morioka said, “We are very excited about moving forward with these traffic solutions.”

“The projects are part of the state’s efforts to stimulate the economy and create jobs, and represent the ongoing commitment of the Lingle-Aiona Administration to improve and modernize Hawaii’s transportation infrastructure.”

Phase 1A of the Lahaina Bypass Project is currently under construction. It’s a two-lane segment from Lahainaluna Road to the future Keawe Street Extension to be constructed by the County of Maui.

The scope of Phase-1A includes the construction of a two-lane highway along the original Ikena Avenue alignment.

Work includes installing a two-lane bridge over Kahoma Stream, retaining walls, sound walls, landscaping and lighting.

The purpose of the project is to alleviate immediate traffic congestion and improve circulation in the Lahaina and Lahainaluna Road areas.

Work began in mid-December 2008. Hawaiian Dredging teamed with the consulting firm Wilson Okamoto Corp. on this $48 million design-build project.

The start of construction for Phase 1A, originally planned for August 2007, was delayed due to archaeological sites discovered near Lahainaluna Road.

To alleviate congestion in West Maui, the four-lane bypass highway is proposed from Launiupoko to Honokowai.