Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Thursday announced the release of the more than $15.5 million in funding for various capital improvement projects for Department of Transportation highways and facilities statewide. Nearly $300,000 is headed to the Big Island for two South Kohala projects.

The Waimea Baseyard Wastewater System will receive $250,000 in additional design and construction funds for a new wastewater system that complies with state Department of Health and federal Environmental Protection Agency requirements.

Some $47,000 in additional land and design funds was also released to construct a new dedicated right-turn lane, increase existing turn-lane lengths, and install a new acceleration lane at the intersection of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Kawaihae Road, according to Abercrombie.The extra funding was needed because of unanticipated archaeological sites that were encountered during the design of the project that required an archaeological survey. Land funds are being used to acquire three zoned agricultural parcels from the Queen Emma Foundation.

These funds will allow priority repair and maintenance projects to move forward, improve safety along our state highways, and in the process give a boost to our economy through job growth in construction, Abercrombie said.

Other projects around the state receiving funding, which were previously identified by state legislators, include:

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Governor releases $300K for two Big Island projects

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