100 support columns completed in Honolulu’s rail transit system

Construction on 100th support column (Photo: HART)
Construction on 100th support column (Photo: HART)

The first 100 support columns for Honolulu’s rail transit system are now complete.

Crews finished work on the 100th column along Kualakai Pkwy. in East Kapolei Thursday morning.

“The fact that we’ve gone from 16 completed columns to 100 in less than nine months shows tremendous progress for rail,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation expects to have 220 columns up by the end of this year that will support the elevated guideway for the first 10 miles of the rail route.

Other rail work already underway includes construction of the train maintenance and operations center in Waipahu, and production at a Kalaeloa concrete casting yard of the guideway segments. Guideway installation work is also underway in East Kapolei.

Several major construction contracts are expected to be awarded later this year, including one for the second half of the rail guideway from Aloha Stadium to Ala Moana Center.

The first 10 miles of the rail system from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium is expected to open in 2017, with the full 20-mile line ready for service in 2019.

There will be a total of 422 columns built for the guideway.

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