A TIGER grant project

Draft construction plans: April-December 2018
Construction begin: January 2019
Completion: December 2019

The core of Līhu‘e town was once the thriving commercial, civic and cultural heart of our island. Today, the once beautiful and stately historic buildings have peeling paint and false facades that hide their beauty and historic significance. Widened four-lane streets separate neighborhoods from schools, services, and jobs. People rarely walk due to disconnected sidewalks and unsafe street crossings.

Through a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant (TIGER), the County will begin transforming the core of Līhu‘e town from an aging, automobile-oriented town center into the thriving commercial, civic and cultural heart of our island again.

The TIGER grants’ purpose is to spur job creation through the redesign and rebuilding of our transportation infrastructure. In Līhu‘e town, Rice Street will undergo a redesign to be a more inviting place for people to do business and gather.

The Līhu‘e Town Core Mobility and Revitalization Project, funded by the TIGER grant, will improve access for low-to-moderate income populations as well as seniors to education, employment, and services.

The total cost of TIGER-funded project components is $13,439,435.

The project includes engineering design, permitting, and construction services required to improve vehicular, pedestrian, public transit, and bicycle circulation throughout Līhu‘e’s town core, including ‘Eiwa Street, Rice Street, Kalena Street, Hoala Street, Ho‘olako Street, Pua‘ole Street, Māla`e  Street, and Umi Street.

The work will include reconstruction of travel lanes, construction of turning lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes, bus stops, curb ramps and curb extensions; reconfiguration of parking and pedestrian access; drainage improvements; utility adjustments; signing and striping; intersection improvements, including traffic signal relocation; traffic control, and permit compliance.

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