DOT Plans August Geotechnical Examination of Kea`au-Pahoa Road

The Hawaii Department of Transportation says that Hawai`i Island motorists can anticipate  temporary traffic modifications to Keaau-Pahoa Road (Highway 130) between Shower Drive and Ainaloa Boulevard.

Lane shifts for geotechnical core drilling work will take place on a Monday through Friday schedule beginning August 1, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The core sampling along the corridor is in preparation for design of the Keaau-Pahoa Road Operational and Safety Improvements Project and is expected to continue throughout the month of August. The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 35 mph for the duration of the examinations. Roadwork is weather permitting.

Geotechnical examinations will inform the scope and estimated cost of the Keaau-Pahoa Road Operational and Safety Improvements Project. HDOT previously held an a.m. contraflow trial on Keaau-Pahoa Road in April 2018 to determine operational impacts of a Hilo-bound a.m. contraflow lane.

HDOT advises motorists to follow all traffic control signs, allow for extra travel time and to drive with caution when entering the work zone area.