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Rail contractor announces layoffs after court decision stopping work


Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. announced today it has cut 30 jobs so far in the wake of the Hawaii Supreme Court decision on Aug. 24 that stopped work on the Honolulu rail project.

Kiewit had a workforce of about 250 before the city shut down construction on the project.

A statement from Kiewit said the company “will continue to work with the city and HART to assess construction plans and related activities. Kiewit looks forward to moving ahead with the project and restarting construction as soon as allowed.”

The $5.26 billion rail project is the largest public works project in Hawaii history, and construction crews were at work this summer on the first segments of the rail line as well as a rail maintenance and storage facility near Leeward Community College.

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