Kilauea Ave. work likely to last until 2022

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Traffic is stopped while a backhoe carries dirt down Kilauea Avenue in Hilo on Tuesday.

Work to improve Kilauea Avenue likely will continue until January 2022.

As part of a statewide transportation improvement program, Kilauea Avenue is undergoing rehabilitation work, which includes repaving, installing pavement markers, striping and adding traffic detectors along a 1.5-mile stretch from the Wailoa Bridge to Puainako Street.


Since the work began in November, there have been changes to the goals and cost of the improvements.

According to the county Public Works Department, construction will entail repairing and adjusting damaged sidewalks, curbs and driveways along the road.

As a federally funded project, 80% of the costs will be covered with federal money, while Hawaii County will pay the remaining cost.

The project cost has increased by $884,735, bringing the county’s share to $1,666,147.


While work is being performed, Kilauea will be limited to one lane of travel in each direction.

On Monday, another repaving project began on Kapiolani Street and will be completed by Friday, Jan. 22, weather and equipment permitting.

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