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New pedestrian bridge at busy Ala Moana Boulevard intersection

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Zoe Dym
People involved with the Ala Moana boulevard Elevated Pedestrian Walkway Project gathered for a groundbreaking event.

There will be a new pedestrian bridge in Kakaʻako next year.

The bridge will go over Ala Moana Boulevard between the intersections of Ward Avenue and Kamakeʻe Street. The busy intersection connects to Ward Village, Kewalo Basin Harbor, and Ala Moana Beach Park.

The elevated pedestrian walkway project costs nearly $18 million. The state will contribute nearly $4 million. The remaining costs will be covered by a federal Department of Transportation BUILD grant and private landowner Victoria Ward, Ltd.

Construction begins May 2 and is estimated to be completed by fall 2023.

State Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay attended Friday’s groundbreaking event.

"When complete, this new bridge structure will connect thousands of our residents to our beautiful parks and beaches, provide an improved access point on one of our busiest multimodal routes for the over 2,000 bicyclists and pedestrians expected to use this facility daily, keep more of our vulnerable highway user safe by eliminating a conflict point with the 40,000 commuters," Butay said.

Three pedestrians were killed and four others were injured near the site in a drunk driving incident in 2019. A moment of silence was held at the groundbreaking event.

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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