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DLNR News Release-Ala Wai Canal Dredging And Improvements Set To Begin In Late February, Feb. 18, 2020

Posted on Feb 19, 2020 in Latest Department News

(Honolulu) – While work to repair two sections of the Ala Wai Canal wall has been ongoing since last October, dredging to remove accumulated silt and sediments from the canal is scheduled to start sometime the last week of this month.

Equipment fabrication and mobilization for the dredging started in December and will involve the removal of 186,000 cubic yards of material from the canal.  According to the DLNR Engineering Division, dredging depths vary from 12-6 feet below the mean lower low water mark.  Dredged material will be loaded onto a dump scow, which will be towed by a tugboat at least two times a day to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved ocean site, known as the South O‘ahu Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMS).

The Ala Wai Canal was last dredged 18 years ago and work hours and impacts are expected to be same as in 2002.  Work hours are from 7 am-10 pm Monday-Saturday. Recreational activities on the canal may experience temporary constraints during the construction and everyone is being asked to use extreme caution while transiting the work area.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

DLNR Chief Engineer Carty Chang said, “The long-term benefits of this project include maintaining the ability of the canal to efficiently convey storm water flows to the ocean to reduce the risk of flooding, and to improve the aesthetics and safe use of the canal for recreational users.”

The project contractor is Hawaii Harbors Constructors JV. and is costing $21,151,615.

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