North-South Link Now Open

Wednesday - February 17, 2010
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Jamie Ohta, visitor information specialist with the state, and Mike Amuro, Department of Transportation property manager, inspect the maile lei before the Feb. 11 dedication - and opening - of the long-awaited Kualaka’i Parkway. Photo by Nathalie Walker, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The final phase of the North-South Road opened to traffic Feb. 11 following a dedication ceremony with state and county officials and area lawmakers.

The group also learned the road’s new name, Kualaka’i Parkway, selected with help from community groups to capture the sense of connectivity and unity the road will provide. (Kualaka’i can mean “uniting new people in a new land.”)

The 2-mile stretch, built by Goodfellow Bros. Inc. at a total cost of $155 million, is a four-lane artery linking Farrington Highway to Kapolei Parkway and is expected to improve traffic flow in the growing West Oahu communities. The state Department of Transportation officials say it should cut Kapolei residents’ commute to town by about 10 minutes.


 

“The North-South Road will be the backbone supporting Hawaiian Home Lands and the University of Hawaii East Oahu campus while tying Kapolei and Ewa to H-1,” said Steve Goodfellow, president of Goodfellow Bros. Inc.

Motorists are advised to use caution while getting familiar with the new traffic patterns and to obey posted speed limits.

Attending the dedication were Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, state Sens.

Colleen Hanabusa, Kalani English and Will Espero; state Reps.


Sharon Har and Kymberly Pine, Kaulana Park of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Stephen Goodfellow, UH-West Oahu chancellor Gene Awakuni and DOT director Brennon Morioka.

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