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Nimitz Highway beautification project on track to finish before APEC

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A project to beautify Nimitz highway is on track to be finished before the APEC summit in November, according to Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz.

Seventy-six full-grown palm trees are being planted, along with 89 Fiji palms, some of which were relocated from Farrington Highway for the city's rail project. The trees will line a one and-a-half mile stretch of Nimitz Highway from Sand Island Access Road to the new Lowe's store.

Workers are also planting two acres worth of grass and installing new irrigation systems along the medians.

"This is going to be a real improvement, not just for APEC, but for all of our citizens," Schatz said. "This is the most used transportation corridor in the entire state, and so it's about time we fixed it up."

The project is expected to cost about $1.5 million.

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