HDOT Kauai Emergency Repairs

HDOT Kauai Emergency Repairs

Island of Kauai, Hawai'i


Owner: HDOT

GC/CM: Bow Construction Management

The Kauai Emergency Repairs project was a collaborative effort to restore access to Kuhio Highway (Route 560), and the communities of Wainiha and Haena, following the April 2018 floods. This HDOT project centered on creating an emergency road through 14 landslides along Kuhio Highway reconnecting the communities of Waipa, Waikoko, Wainiha, and Haena with the rest of Kauai following the record-setting rain event. Work crews and materials from all islands were involved in the effort. When the large-scale emergency repair project was completed, HDOT and its contractors completed 22 major tasks including the stabilization of the slope at Wainiha Bay and the rebuilding of sections where the embankment below the road was washed away in the disaster.

Thirty-three separate contracts were issued to the various entities performing work on the program requiring significant coordination efforts. Kirschner Contractors played a significant role in collaborating with all entities and maintained a schedule that would allow for necessary emergency repairs to be fast-tracked to minimize the impact on the public. A program schedule was developed that effectively coordinated the numerous contractors' and engineers' efforts.

Actual schedule impacts for procuring long-lead material and equipment were minimized by tracking the status within the program schedule.

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