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Tsunami-related repairs underway at Kailua Pier

Updated: 
May 30, 2014 - 10:16am

Kailua Pier is getting a facelift as the Department of Land and Natural Resources addresses damage remaining from the March 2011 tsunami.

The $1.626 million project includes paving the entire hardtop or pier area, repair of the pump out station at the southwestern end of the pier, repair of the western and eastern revetment walls, and repair of the old U.S. Coast Guard office, which will be used for DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation staff upon completion, according to the department.

The launch ramp will need to be closed for two days during repair of the bottom or “toe” of the ramp, according to the department. People whole hold ramp perits will be notified directly of the ramp closure. The contractor, Drayko Construction will begin work on the southwestern portion of pier and work its way toward the entry gate.

Specific areas of the pier will be blocked off during the construction process using water-filled jersey barriers. The department advises the public to use caution while in the pier area.

Funds for the repairs were appropriated by the 2011 state Legislature. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse costs for up to 75 percent.

Work to address tsunami-related damage at Keauhou Small Boat Harbor is scheduled to start June 9, according to the departent.

The $428,000 project includes repairing the bulkhead on the northern side of the bay, paving a portion of the state property on the northern side parking lot, repainting the interior of the comfort station, and repairing the makai loading dock at the launch ramp area, and according to the department. The mauka side of launch ramp will remain open during construction.

The boat launch ramp and wash down area will need to be closed while it is being repaved, however, the department said.