The County of Kaua‘i, Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division is responsible for properly managing and disposing of municipal solid waste (MSW) on the island. Because the existing Kekaha Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF) is projected to reach capacity in the coming years, a new landfill facility will be required to provide for safe and proper disposal of all forms of MSW that cannot practicably be further reused, recycled, or otherwise recovered. The County proposes to develop a new MSWLF and resource recovery park (RRP) north of Līhuʻe town, makai of Ma‘alo Road.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared to evaluate the environmental impacts of and alternatives to the proposed Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF) and Resource Recovery Park (RRP) Project. As a result of early public scoping and outreach previously conducted, the public has indicated that the choice of access routes is an important consideration, due to potential impacts such as traffic, noise, and safety. Therefore, a Traffic and Roadways Engineering Feasibility Study (TREFS) is being conducted to analyze several feasible access route alternatives, identify public concerns, and assist in the decision-making process. For each access route, the TREFS analyzes traffic impacts, required improvements and related costs, and social impacts, including safety and nuisance concerns. The proposed access route will be further analyzed in the overall project EIS.
Figure 1 shows the proposed MSWLF site, the alternate RRP site, and the potential access routes analyzed in the TREFS. Each potential route consists of a “road” designated with a letter and a “driveway” designated with a number, as shown in Figure 1. Generally, the “driveways” are former cane haul (“dirt”) roads, and several of the “roads” are paved public roadways. The County has identified seven alternative access routes from Kūhiō Highway to the Project site:
- Access Route A1 or A2: via Ma‘alo Road and Driveway 1 or 2
- Access Route B1 or B2: via ‘Ehiku Street, Ma‘alo Road, and Driveway 1 or 2
- Access Route C3: via Laulima Street and Driveway 3
- Access Route D3: via Roberts Hawaii Driveway and Driveway 3
- Access Route E3: via Kauaʻi Beach Drive and Driveway 3
These alternative access routes connect to Kūhiō Highway for regional access at one of the following five study intersections evaluated in this study:
- Ma‘alo Road / Kūhiō Highway (Route A)
- ‘Ehiku Street / Kūhiō Highway (Route B)
- Laulima Street / Kūhiō Highway (Route C)
- Roberts Hawaii Driveway / Kūhiō Highway (Route D)
- Kauaʻi Beach Drive / Kūhiō Highway (Route E)
Additionally, the Kapule Highway / Kūhiō Highway (signalized) intersection was evaluated, because it is a major intersection that could be affected by operation of nearby Routes D and E.
The Revised Draft TREFS report, which details the engineering analysis of the access routes, is being completed and is expected to be available on this website for public review on Friday, September 16, 2016.
A public informational meeting will be held to discuss the findings of the Revised Draft TREFS Report on Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 6 PM to 8 PM at the King Kaumuali‘i Elementary School, in Hanamā‘ulu, Kaua‘i.
Public Comments will be accepted until Monday, October 17, 2016, at either of the following addresses:
Attn: Kaua’i New Landfill/RRP Access Roads
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 1600
Honolulu, HI 96813
The PDF files linked below contain the Draft TREFS Report, Access Fact Sheet and Public Comment Sheet, and Ma'alo Landfill Wildlife Hazard Assessment.
Revised Draft TREFS with Route E
Revised Draft TREFS with Route E - Appendix B
Access Fact and Public Comment Sheet
Ma'alo Landfill Wildlife Hazard Assessment
Following receipt of public feedback and upon completion of the TREFS, the County will choose the proposed access route, which will become part of the proposed Project to be analyzed in the EIS process.
Call the County Solid Waste Division with questions at 808-241-4837.
NOTE: Special accommodations and sign language interpreters and interpreters for non-English speaking persons are available upon request five (5) days prior to the meeting date. To request an accommodation please contact the County Solid Waste Division at 241-4837 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.