DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR To Begin Improvements To Koke'e Road
LIHU‘E -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will begin the first phase of roadway improvements to Koke‘e Road in the Koke‘e State Park. Roadway resurfacing and parking area improvements will start on September 19, 2006.
“Koke‘e State Park is one of the popular attractions on Kaua‘i, and this roadway is heavily used by residents and visitors. The Kalalau and Pu‘u O Kila lookouts, numerous hiking trails, and the unique natural ambience have drawn many people. Deterioration from aging and wet weather conditions have increased the risks on this roadway to vehicles and drivers.” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
“These improvements are part of the Lingle-Aiona Administration’s focus on improving park conditions to ensure public safety and enhance the experience of our valued natural resources.”
The Koke‘e roadway improvements include Koke‘e State Park sign to the 15-mile marker, Mo‘ohihi Road/campground intersection, Pu‘u O Kila lookout parking lot and entry road, and minor repairs at the Kalalau Lookout parking lot.
During construction, one lane on the roadway will be kept open with appropriate traffic control to assure park users safe access on Koke‘e Road.
“We appreciate the public’s patience as we improve our park facilities everyone to enjoy,” said Young.
“We hope these improvements will encourage park users to help care for the facilities and leave them in good, clean condition for other park users.”
Other improvements planned for Koke‘e State Park include Phase 2 roadway improvements from the park headquarters to the Kalalau lookout; and various projects at the Kalalau lookout including a new comfort station, newly redesigned parking lot, and lookout improvements.
The phase 1 roadway contractor is Niu Construction, Inc. and project cost is $590,000, with construction estimated to take a 7 months.
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