The 2.2-mile southern segment of the Mamalahoa Highway Bypass — which is expected to provide relief to motorists traveling in South Kona — will open to the public on Friday, Nov. 4.
The bypass is located midway between the shoreline and Mamalahoa Highway. The northern segment of the bypass starts at the southern edge of Keauhou and runs approximately 3.5 miles to the bottom of Haleki‘i Street below Kealakekua’s Kona Scenic subdivision.
This new southern segment — at a cost of $27.9 million — extends the roadway (which the Hawaii County Council named Ali’i Drive) another 2.2 miles from Kealakekua to a new signalized intersection with Mamalahoa Highway in Napo’opo’o.
A large portion of the South Kona community works in either North Kona or South Kohala and commutes daily along the highway. The two-lane bypass gives motorists an alternate route between North and South Kona.