DOT is currently using the existing $2m appropriation from Rep. Shimabukuro to do the environmental assessment (EA), land court documents, and design.
DOT will be looking for $3.5 million in construction money for each of the two intersections for a total of $7 million. Construction will likely occur in FY2010 which is based on how quickly DOT thinks they can complete the environmental assessment.
The initial cost estimate of $2m was based on not having to do much widening and cutting into the railroad right-of-way (ROW).
As part of the EA for this project, DOT will be coming to the Wai`anae Coast to hold one, maybe two, public meetings as part of the public involvement process. DOT is currently not sure on the timing of the public meetings, but will keep the community informed.
Please stay tuned regarding this important development.