HART Halts Rail Construction
The following statements were released this afternoon:
Plaintiff NHLC Statement:
"It is our understanding that the City has halted construction of the rail project. The City would like to:
- complete a few short-term tasks for public safety (e.g., backfilling a trench)
- continue longer-term maintenance activities (e.g., erosion control measures)
- complete the archaeological inventory survey and
- miscellaneous activities.
The City is currently working on a list that would describe these activities with specificity. Attorneys for Paulette Kaleikini and the City are in discussions regarding whether any of these activities should be allowed to proceed.
For all intents and purposes, construction of the project has been halted although there may be some narrowly tailored, low-impact exceptions."
Defendant HART Statement:
"HART has not yet determined the final details with respect to the recent state Supreme Court decision. In the meantime, in order to avoid additional litigation costs and until we are able to obtain guidance from the circuit court, no new construction, including ground-altering activity, will be done until the archaeological survey work is completed."
"HART is working with its contractors to determine what work will be necessary for public health and safety, to secure and maintain the job sites, or to otherwise responsibly wind up ongoing activities. All parties involved have agreed to work together to address any issues that may arise in the coming weeks."
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