USACE, Hawaii DOT Collaborating on Harbor Study

The Honolulu District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Hawaii Department of Transportation plan to conduct a joint study Honolulu Harbor, investigating ways to improve ship navigation efficiency, reduce transportation costs, maintain safety, and improve harbor resilience.

[Above: Lt. Col. Pevey (at left) with Jade Butay. Photo by the USACE Honolulu District]

The study, estimated to cost a minimum of $3 million, should take at least three years to complete, Hawaii DOT and USACE noted. They will split the cost of the study cost 50/50.

Lt. Col. Pevey (at left) with Jade Butay. Photo by the USCAE Honolulu District.

“Billions of dollars in goods come in through Honolulu Harbor every day. Hawaii’s largest harbor is crucial for the state and the entire South Pacific,” explained Jade Butay, Hawaii DOT director, in a statement. “Maintaining and upgrading Honolulu Harbor is a top priority and this new partnership with USACE will help us focus on this critical infrastructure.”

“This agreement emphasizes our collaborative partnership and supports our mission to deliver engineering solutions to the state of Hawaii and across the Indo-Pacific for generations to come,” added Lt. Col. Ryan Pevey, commander of the USACE Honolulu District.

Hawaii DOT has been making a major push to incorporate resiliency into its infrastructure strategies, as explained in a video recently released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Image by AASHTO

AASHTO’s Transportation TV interviewed Ed Sniffen, Hawaii DOT deputy director for highways, as part of its “2 Minute State DOT Update” video news series that illustrates how state departments of transportation build, maintain, and improve America’s multimodal transportation network.

During the interview, Sniffen explained what making a transportation system “more resilient” means and how Hawaii DOT incorporates that philosophy into its infrastructure planning, construction, and delivery processes.

Sniffen is a recognized state DOT leader on the topic of resilience. For example, he participated in a knowledge session on infrastructure resilience hosted during AASHTO’s 2022 Spring Meeting in New Orleans.

He’ll be speaking a similar resilience topic during a session at the organization’s 2022 annual meeting this October in Orlando.

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