Work will soon begin on a road extension project designed to alleviate traffic and accommodate new construction projects in Kailua-Kona.
The state and local residential developer Alakai Development broke ground Tuesday on a $6.9 million Manawalea Road extension project.
Manawalea Road currently stops at Keanalehu Drive. The extension will allow direct access to Ane Keohokalole Highway as one of only a few mauka-makai roads in and out of the area. It will also provide infrastructure for affordable family and senior housing projects currently in development.
The state helped Alakai Development secure a $5 million loan to make the road extension possible.
“We’ve been focusing on building homes that people can afford, and as we build, we have to make sure the roads can support the growing community. The Manawalea Road extension will help ease traffic for the residents of Kona,” said Gov. David Ige.
“This road extension has been in the regional planning books for more than a decade, and now thanks to the state’s help we are able to get this important mauka-makai connection completed for the community,” said Alakai Development principal Jon Wallenstrom. “Kona has long been one of the fastest growing regions in our state. This type of growth is projected to continue into the future and the road extension allows the region to grow in a healthy way since this area will soon offer more market housing and affordable housing.”
Construction is slated to officially begin in November and be completed within 15 months.