As Chair of the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee, Senator Inouye hosted an informational meeting on July 29, 2015, to update residents on the Pahoa Roundabout project scheduled to begin construction in early August. Located at the intersection of Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road, the $5 million project was postponed last year while the June 27 lava flow threatened lower Puna.
Concerned that community members may have lost track of the project, and with the start date in a few weeks, Senator Inouye was joined by Senator Russell Ruderman, Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, and County Council members Daniel Paleka and Greggor Ilagan. DOT officials presented details regarding starting dates, the duration of the project, and traffic detours that will be in effect during construction. Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director, Highways Division, flew in from Oahu to make this presentation and Leslie Isemoto, President of Isemoto Contracting was also in attendance.