The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), Harbors Division, celebrated last Friday, January 15, the Pier 4 Project at Hilo Harbor with a groundbreaking and dedication/blessing ceremony.
The project consists of multiple phases: dredging and construction of the Pier 4 Inter-Island Cargo Terminal, construction of the Inter-Island Cargo Terminal Facility–Container Yard, and Kumau Street Entrance Improvements.
HDOT will begin work on the final phase of the project, the Pier 4 Inter-Island Cargo Terminal. This phase involves the creation of a 602 linear foot reinforced concrete pier with associated site work that will be located to the west of the existing Pier 3.
The completed Inter-Island Cargo Terminal Facility–Container Yard component of the project reconstructed a portion of the existing container yard and built a new adjacent container yard with a comfort station, lighting, and utilities. This phase generated an additional 4 acres to be used for cargo operations, amounting to approximately 10 acres total.
“The construction of Pier 4 at Hilo Harbor will create a dedicated operating area for inter-island cargo operations which will relieve the issues that the harbor currently experiences,” said HDOT Director Ford Fuchigami. “Transporting provisions to Hawaii County will become more efficient, thus promoting economic and social growth.”
The estimated total cost for the project is $68.5 million. Work on the final phase is anticipated to be completed by July of 2017.