“City Center” is a term used to describe the last construction phase of the Rail Project, comprised of the Dillingham Boulevard, Iwilei, Downtown and Kakaako areas. The “Utility Relocation” project refers to the relocation, or movement, of existing underground and/or overhead utilities along the rail alignment that conflict with the future location of the guideway columns.

The City Center Utility Relocation project will consist of (3) three separate contracts:

  • Downtown Utility Relocations: This project involves utility relocations through the downtown Honolulu area, beginning at Kaaahi Street, progressing along Nimitz Highway through downtown, and along Halekauwila Street to Cooke Street. A contract was awarded to Frank V. Coluccio Construction Company (FVCCC). Work on this project began in June 2022 and expected to be completed in September 2024.
  • Dillingham Utility Relocations: This project involves utility relocations along Dillingham Boulevard between Laumaka Street and Kaaahi Street. A contract was awarded to Nan, Inc. in August 2022. A Notice to Proceed is expected in October 2022, with actual construction expected to begin in early 2023. Completion of this work is expected in early 2026.
  • Ala Moana Utility Relocations: This project will involve utility relocations from Cooke Street in Kakaako to Kona Street near the Ala Moana Transit Center. A procurement for this work will begin at a later date.


About utility relocations work
Construction crews will “pothole” to confirm the location of the underground utilities, “jet grout” to control groundwater during construction, excavate and place new utility infrastructure, switch the services over to the new infrastructure, remove the old utility lines, and backfill and repave the street.

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