The current Saddle Road realignment will move the junction about six miles closer to Kailua-Kona to Mile Marker 14 south of Wailoloa Road. This is part of a major realignment project that will provide a much shorter, faster and safer route between East and West Hawaii. Kirkland Construction was awarded a $33.7 million contract and will have until June 2013 to complete the 9.6 miles of earthwork Construction on the realignment began late last year.
Once completed, this project will have a profound impact on the communities and economy of the Big Island. Excursions that would have taken the better half of a day will now be completed in a little over and hour which is normal under Big Island standards.
-Rep Mark Nakashima