Repairs to Laupahoehoe Harbor breakwater to begin this month

Repairs to Laupahoehoe Harbor breakwater to begin this month

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Repairs to the breakwater at Laupahoehoe Harbor on the Hamakua Coast are set to begin this month and be completed by February 2016.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the $2.5 million contract to the Honolulu-based American Marine Corp. in December.

Army Corps spokesman Joseph Bonfiglio says the project will involve maintenance repairs, such as fixing dislodged stones and grouting the breakwater centerline.

But before work can begin, Bonfiglio says the contractor will need to install a temporary bridge over the existing bridge that leads to Laupahoehoe Point to support the weight of construction equipment and materials.

Bonfiglio says the contractor already has a permit from the county to put up the temporary bridge.

A representative of the AMC told the Tribune-Herald that she could not comment about the project.

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