Hawaii gets nearly $8 million in federal funding for airport, freeway improvements

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Drivers in Kapolei may see improvements in the traffic flow, thanks to a $3.4 million grant from the US Department of Transportation. It's just part of the nearly $8 million in federal funding that Hawaii is receiving for transportation projects.

The state plans improvements to the H1 Freeway to relieve traffic congestion at the Makakilo and Palailai interchanges.

"These federal grants make it possible to continue developing adequate highway infrastructure to Oahu's Second City," Sen. Daniel Akaka, Hawaii (D), said.

The state will also spend $3 million at Hilo International Airport to upgrade a deteriorating runway, and install new signs and safety markings. Another $1.5 million will be used to update layout plans and study future development at airports across the state.

"These funds will help ensure safe and timely transportation for our visitors and working families," Sen. Daniel Inouye, Hawaii (D), said. "It is imperative that we provide for the maintenance and improvement of our transportation infrastructure."

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