My staff conducted a site visit to the Kuakini Extension project site with fellow legislators and area residents earlier this month to investigate the lack of ongoing construction on this project, which has been plagued with delays since 2014. Part of the reason for the delays was the need for repairs to a retaining wall at the end of Lanakila Avenue (with additional City funding of $100,000 in the FY 16 CIP budget).
The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) contractor, Haron Construction has a deadline of March 29, 2016, to complete this project. The contractor is working on the retaining wall, and waiting for HECO to move utility lines. However, if the contractor cannot complete the project by the March deadline, DTS can levy fines of up to $500 per working day upon the contractor. The City’s FY 17 CIP budget (Bill 15-2016) also includes $185,000 for added project management costs for this project.
Other issues involve Maluhia Hospital, which plans to upgrade its driveway into the facility. Maluhia Hospital representatives are seeking to relocate the City’s street light utility box, which conflicts with the Maluhia Hospital’s planned driveway. As such, DTS and Maluhia Hospital representatives are in discussions on payment for/completion of the design work to relocate the box, which the DTS contractor will implement as part of the Kuakini project.