Archaeological reports for Honolulu rail project approved by state

It looks like rail is one step closer to resuming construction in West Oahu.

The State Historic Preservation Division approved the archaeological survey reports for the project and cleared the way for permit applications.

That’s after the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled last year that the archaeological survey work should have been completed for the entire rail route before construction in East Kapolei began.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation halted construction on the project in order to comply with the court’s decision and work on completing the remaining archaeological studies.

“We wanted to make sure we were very respectful of the process to respect our Native Hawaiian burials and our heritages,” HART Executive Chair Dan Grabauskas said.

The first 10 miles of the rail system from Kapolei to Aloha Stadium is expected to open in 2017.

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