In Brief | Big Island & State 7-22-13


Road work continues

Alternating lane closures in both directions are planned this week on Mamalahoa Highway for roadway widening work near the highway’s intersection with Waikoloa Road in South Kohala, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Alternating lane closures will also be in effect on Mamalahoa Highway for pavement striping and guardrail installation between Uluoa Street and Old Kona Village Road in the vicinity of Makalei in North Kona, according to the department.

Alternating lane closures will also be in effect on Mamalahoa Highway for guardrail installation near mile marker 114 in the vicinity of Kainaliu in North Kona, according to the department.

Alternating lane closures in both directions are also planned this week on Mamalahoa Highway for guardrail installation between Kiloa and Rabbit Hill roads in the vicinity of Captain Cook in South Kona, according to the department.

Alternating lane closures will also be in effect on Akoni Pule Highway for roadway reconstruction between mile markers 21 and 24 in the vicinity of Hawi and Kapaau in North Kohala, according to the department.

Crews will be working from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Road work is weather permitting.

HELCO cable work continues

Utility work in the Kilohana subdivision of Kona to replace underground cables continues this week, according to the Hawaii Electric Light Co. Work began June 10 and will continue for approximately five to six months.

Work hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, the hours may vary.

Work begins at the Lako Street intersection and continues toward Kokoolua Way, and includes all side streets, according to HELCO.

If there are any questions or concerns, call 969-6666.

Gore endorses Schatz in re-election bid

HONOLULU — Al Gore has endorsed U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in his push to keep his seat.

In a statement released by Schatz’s re-election campaign, the former vice president praised the Democrat’s drive for alternative energy, saying the state has tripled its renewable energy production under Schatz’s leadership. Gore also lauded Schatz’s congressional effort to promote clean energy.

Schatz, who is facing a primary challenge from Rep. Coleen Hanabusa, said he’s tremendously thankful for Gore’s support.

It was Sen. Daniel Inouye’s dying wish to have Hanabusa succeed him. But Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Schatz, who was lieutenant governor.

Hanabusa’s office didn’t immediately return after-hours calls from The Associated Press.

By local and wire sources.