Did you Sign the ROE?
Property owners on Pohoiki Road asked to submit right-of-entry forms.
Recently, Pohoiki Road was identified as the next priority for restoration as a result of the County of Hawai‘i and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reaching an agreement on the cost of replacing public roads inundated by lava during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. While an agreement has been reached, it’s worth noting the funding has yet to be obligated and work can not proceed until that happens.
In the meantime, the County is in the process of designing plans and completing the necessary permits in order to proceed with construction as soon as it is possible. One of the many steps involved in road restoration projects, such as this, is obtaining right-of-entry (ROE) agreements from all property owners abutting Pohoiki Road. When road reconstruction proceeds, County personnel may need access to individual properties fronting the roadway for ground surveying, construction, and establishing the County right of way.
Since March 2019 the Department of Public Works has been repeatedly reached out to property owners along Pohoiki Road to obtain ROE permission. As of March 2020, the department has secured 69 of the 100 ROE signatures required.
If you own property on Pohoiki Road and have not yet signed the ROE form, please do so (forms were resent to the property owners address of record at the Real Property Tax office on March 6, 2020.) Securing all the necessary ROE forms now will enable the County to initiate construction quickly once FEMA funds have been obligated. The County appreciates your assistance in this matter.
For questions, contact Ben Ishii, Public Works' Engineering division chief, at 808-961-8423.
Forms can be mailed to:
County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works
101 Pauahi St., Suite 7