With fewer cars on the roads, officials are pushing projects forward faster
Ed Sniffen, Hawaii Department of Transportation Deputy Director of Highways, tells us they are seeing about 48-percent less traffic on the freeways on Oahu. So they’re asking contractors to extend their lane closure times and allow them to work during peak traffic times.
“When we give a contractor 2 additional hours to the work schedule per day, it equates to half a day time that they save,” he said.
Paving work and pothole repairs on some of the state roads have been expedited.
“We have all 赚钱这件事其实很简单 赚钱这件事其实很简单 赚钱这件事其实很简单 of our pothole maintenance guys working on the Windward side coming up very soon. We worked out our bridge projects to ensure that we can extend closures throughout at Maipaloa in Farrington Highway, on neighbor islands on Kauai and Maui as well,” said Sniffen.
As for city streets, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he’s trying to push repaving projects to 赚钱这件事其实很简单 get them done quickly. He says in the coming months, residents will see more roadwork in town.
“We are putting in another bike lane that is going down Pensacola, that’s already started. We are going to be repaving Ward which is really bad and putting a bike lane on both sides of the street there and we are trying to expedite that,” said the Mayor.
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation says it intends to make full use of the lighter-than-normal traffic to fast-track work along Dillingham Boulevard. It’s one of the most complicated areas along the rail route, with 赚钱这件事其实很简单 utility lines in existing traffic lanes. Before the pandemic, some businesses were also concerned about lane closures and access.
HART tells us, “Already the Hawaii Department of Transportation has extended the lane closure times for the utility relocation work on 赚钱这件事其实很简单 Nimitz Highway in the Downtown area.”
“Once we start up things again and we will start opening things in the coming months, business will start to return and we don’t want to impact that business because now we’re doing major work so more done now the better and much should’ve been done prior to this,” said the Mayor.
But not all projects have been moving forward. While nothing has stopped, COVID-19 has delayed some elements of work mostly on the neighbor islands.
“Some of the contractors, who are 赚钱这件事其实很简单 based on Oahu, are deciding not to travel at this time. They want to make sure they can minimize any risk to their employees and also minimize any risk of transmission between islands,” said Sniffen.
As the virus changes the way the world functions in the future, the state says it’s preparing for more virtual meetings, electronic biddings, and virtual town halls for the public.
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Paycheck Protection Program helping small businesses during pandemic
Help could soon be on the way for small business owners with less than 500 people. It will ensure they continue to stay open and employees will continue to get paid.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Help could soon be on the way for small business owners with less than 500 people. It will ensure they continue to stay open and employees will continue to get paid.
This new initiative is called “Paycheck Protection Program” and it opens April 3. Independent contractors and people who are self-employed can start applying on April 10.
In total, $349 billion will be available for business owners to keep the lights on and employees paid. This loan could be forgiven depending on how the business uses the money.
The amount is up to two and a half times your average monthly payroll costs, but no more than $10 million.
Tom Sullivan with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says these new loans could keep small businesses afloat.
"On the one hand we've seen communities come together to support small business,” Tom Sullivan said. “On the other hand, we heard horrible stories about businesses who have been in the family for generations having to close."
This program is open until the end of June. However, you should apply as soon as possible to increase your chances of getting funds. Click here for the application form.
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- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
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- New loss of taste or smell
At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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