WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Land and Natural Resources is set to drain and dredge the Ala Wai Canal in 2019. But before that can happen, vital cables underground need to be moved.
On Monday, Hawaiian Electric Company said they were beginning construction to relocate 46 kilovolt cables. The cables that run beneath the canal will be removed and new cables will be installed 40 feet below the canal.
HECO says the work is necessary so the DLNR can safely dredge the canal and reduce flooding risks.
Trenching and installing cables will take place on streets in the area, and officials say they will do their best to minimize disruption to the community.
"As with any major construction, some short-term impacts are unavoidable. Hawaiian Electric and its contractors will make every effort to limit lane closures, noise and dust. Updates will be issued as available to assist those living in and transiting the area," HECO said in a news release.
The cable relocation is expected to end by early 2019, when the dredging is set to begin.