Sidewalk work in Waikiki completed

HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) - After eight months and millions of dollars spent the construction and improvements to Waikiki sidewalks are complete.

The City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) started the project in March because sidewalk tiles were missing or had become loose, which was unsafe for pedestrians.

Trees had also lifted the concrete sidewalks and interfered with irrigation and electrical systems making it a dangerous area.

Paving, landscaping, irrigation and electrical repairs, were just a few improvements made in Waikiki. The next project will be to design remaining areas of Kalakaua Ave. when funds become available.

"The City is glad to reopen our sidewalks to our residents and visitors," said Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle. "This improvement project, which was planned before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, is also a result of public private partnerships."

All the repairs will improve overall maintenance and prevent future sidewalk issues from occurring. Repairs also give an improved appearance for our visitors and community.

The City's contractor for the improvement project is Kaikor Construction Company, Inc., and the work cost was $5.55 million.

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