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First stretch of guideway goes up for rail

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 03:59 p.m. HST, Jun 05, 2014

The first stretch of guideway for the island's elevated rail system is now up between columns, offering a clearer glimpse of what the project will eventually look like as it takes shape in the farmlands of West Oahu.

Rail officials, state and local elected leaders and construction managers gathered Thursday at the site of the proposed controversial Ho'opili community development in Ewa to laud the new guideway work.

Some 12 individual segments form the first span, which was completed last week.  Several hundred such spans will be required to form rail's 20-mile guideway, which will extend from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center.

Kiewit Infrastructure West has some 400 workers, about 80 percent of them local residents, working on this first leg of guideway construction, said Lance Wilhelm, Kiewit's senior vice president of Hawaii operations.  The crews will use large metal support trusses to help fix the spans into place atop the columns, and they'll be able to complete four spans a week, Wilhelm said.

Meanwhile, crews are laying the groundwork for a complicated maneuver, involving a towering engineering structure called a "balanced cantilever," to extend the rail project's guideway over the freeway Diamond Head of where the H-1 and H-2 merge.  That extension over the freeways will require more lane closures on both roadways, likely to start several months from now, Kiewit officials said Thursday.

The 21-station system will require a $1.56 billion capital budget for fiscal year 2015.  Four construction contracts to build the second 10-mile leg of rail will comprise the bulk of that, at $1.2 billion, rail officials have said. Many of those dollars will actually be spent in subsequent years, rail officials said.

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false wrote:
Really 80% local workers? That's hilarious. The mayor was on the news the other week and admitted that there weren't that many but there will be more later. Keep going rail. I am dying to see the price tag go up and up and many more change orders along the way. Go rail go! We need rail.
on June 5,2014 | 03:11PM
lwandcah wrote:
The further it goes along, the percentage will go down. All the actual rail work, rail communication and DC wiring in and out of the service yard will be outsiders.
on June 5,2014 | 04:55PM
localguy wrote:
Yes, all the highly technical, professional workers come from the mainland. Nei workers do the grunt labor. Our failing educational system can't produce quality workers.
on June 5,2014 | 11:22PM
Skyler wrote:
And that '80%' is 80% 400 workers, not 10K, like Mufiuli promised.
on June 5,2014 | 10:04PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
"Dying to see the price tag go up and up" shows how "smart" you are. lol. Your attempt at sarcasm failed.
on June 6,2014 | 01:11AM
pridon wrote:
Where are the pictures. Buck ugly eyesore.
on June 5,2014 | 03:35PM
lwandcah wrote:
As Karen Carpenter once sang "it's only begun". But; it;s not too late to wake up and smell the grinding steel on steel.
on June 5,2014 | 04:58PM
inverse wrote:
Karen Carpenter also sang about getting lost in a 'masquerade'of a public works project to provide thousands of jobs for local workers, how it will reduce traffic congestion on Oahu by getting tens of thousands of people out of their cars and into a bus/train/bus/walk commuting solution and how it will be an 'affordable' project for all Hawaii taxpayers
on June 6,2014 | 03:29AM
localguy wrote:
They will look better after the graffiti artists tag them.
on June 5,2014 | 11:23PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Stonehenge revisited!
on June 5,2014 | 03:39PM
ryan02 wrote:
I'm glad it's large and elevated. Hawaii is known to be such an ugly place that anything that obstructs the natural view can only be an improvement. When this monstrosity is finished, the tourists are sure to come here in droves!
on June 5,2014 | 03:43PM
Wazdat wrote:
What a joke
on June 5,2014 | 03:56PM
Wazdat wrote:
What a J O K E
on June 5,2014 | 03:57PM
lowtone123 wrote:
If you build it...they won't come.
on June 5,2014 | 04:17PM
Rapanui00 wrote:
Again a criminal enterprise brought to you by PRP, the unions, and our inept and on the take politicians. Its such a shame...
on June 5,2014 | 04:33PM
loio wrote:
on June 5,2014 | 06:37PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Why elevated thru an empty field? Can't you just elevate over roads? Why not going to Ewa or Kapolei? Why not to UH? Why? Why? Why?
on June 5,2014 | 04:42PM
ISCREAM wrote:
The yoke to keep the taxpayers into servitude...
on June 5,2014 | 04:44PM
iwanaknow wrote:
What happens when we get hit by a major earthquake?
on June 5,2014 | 04:45PM
Skyler wrote:
Shake, rattle & roll - what else?
on June 5,2014 | 09:59PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
A 20-mile, heavy rail system circa 1875 built way up in the sky that will not reduce traffic congestion. All for the bargain price of $5.3 billion.
on June 5,2014 | 05:25PM
loio wrote:
on June 5,2014 | 06:37PM
mnsato wrote:
Bingo again!
on June 5,2014 | 08:19PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
It will look much better after the taggers get the spray cans working on it......thanks Mufi....
on June 5,2014 | 05:32PM
hornswoggler wrote:
Wah wah wah! ...
on June 5,2014 | 05:44PM
paradisetax wrote:
An environmental and economic folly in the making.
on June 5,2014 | 06:10PM
loio wrote:
on June 5,2014 | 06:38PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Finally Honolulu is moving forward!
on June 5,2014 | 09:37PM
localguy wrote:
Deeper into debt.
on June 5,2014 | 11:24PM
inverse wrote:
Except for special interest that has a snout in the rail feeding trough. Those guys will be rolling in dough. Obviously NannyB has some kind of stake in all of this
on June 6,2014 | 04:08AM
jotobuddy123 wrote:
I am so proud of this project.I am a Unionized Electrician contracted for its duration. Thank God for Senator Inouye, former Mayors Hanneman and Carlisle and current Mayor Caldwell for keeping this public works project alive. I never thought would retire a rich man but it looks like I will. This project is paying for my house in Hawaii Kai, my three kids who attend private schools and god knows what else. Working for rail is like winning the lottery in Hawaii even if we don't have one. GO RAIL GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on June 5,2014 | 06:23PM
loio wrote:
on June 5,2014 | 06:38PM
localguy wrote:
A pure shibai comment.
on June 5,2014 | 11:24PM
inverse wrote:
Doubt your story. Even N Garcia thought he would be rolling in dough after makings sure he voted YES on a rail votes while councilman but look at him now, must be ha rd up for money cause he had to go back to being a beat news reporter. Can't stand that station and don't care Joe is good friends with Pat Sajak.
on June 6,2014 | 03:37AM
ISCREAM wrote:
Notice they didn't tell us that it was going to cost at least $100million a year to operate when we voted on rail....every voter in Hawaii should feel deceived...
on June 5,2014 | 06:34PM
loio wrote:
on June 5,2014 | 06:36PM
bubbaButt wrote:
Listen to all of you haters out there. You didn't get what you want and now all you can do is peck on your keyboards. LOL!!!
on June 5,2014 | 06:48PM
lwandcah wrote:
I hope you are still LOLing down the road when the city and state are bankrupt, you are paying 10 times your current vehicle registration fee and still no one is ridding it.
on June 5,2014 | 09:17PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Ridding it of what? Oh, you mean riding. Thanks for your $$$
on June 6,2014 | 01:13AM
HD36 wrote:
Does this project cost more or less than $400,000 a mile? These projects are popping up all over the country. The cost is usually half if the Federal Government isn't involved.
on June 5,2014 | 08:03PM
Eagle156 wrote:
I'll wait until tomorrow for my comment. It will not be pretty
on June 5,2014 | 09:40PM
Honu89 wrote:
Mufi's train to nowhere, want to guess who PRP is going to endorse???????????
on June 5,2014 | 09:42PM
Skyler wrote:
"Meanwhile, crews are laying the groundwork for a complicated maneuver, involving a towering engineering structure called a "balanced cantilever," to extend the rail project's guideway over the freeway Diamond Head of where the H-1 and H-2 merge."

I bet they drop it.... lol ^____^

on June 5,2014 | 09:57PM
inverse wrote:
The size of this railway has sealed the fate of this project that can have the train go from Ala Mo center to UH Manoa. There is no way it can reach UH without completely shutting down main Streets like Kapiolani blvd and University Ave that connects Ala Moana to UH Manoa. The other option might be to shut down Keeamoku St fronting Walmart then shut most of King St to reach Univeristy Ave but you all those businesses like Walmart, office buildings and condos along the route between Ala Mo Center and UH would lose vehicle access forever. Could eminent domain all those businesses and condos along the route but that would easily cost Hawaii tax payers many BILLIONS of dollars which is completely unrealistic. Therefore with this massive train and elevated guideway they are building, it will be IMPOSSIBLE for it to ever reach UH Manoa
on June 6,2014 | 04:05AM
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