‘Wayfinders’ improve Central Waianae Access Road

| April 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
From left to right, the central Waianae access road through the reconstruction phases conducted by the 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion “Wayfinders,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. (Photo by 1st Lt. Johannes Olind, 29th BEB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID)

From left to right, the central Waianae access road through the reconstruction phases conducted by the 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion “Wayfinders,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. (Photo by 1st Lt. Johannes Olind, 29th BEB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The light horizontal construction platoon from Bravo Company, 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion “Wayfinders,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, recently began improvements to the central Waianae access road located along the border of Schofield Barracks and state land near South Range Complex.

The Schofield Barracks Department of Public Works Environmental Department contacted the unit to assist with grading and resurfacing the road that had been severely eroded over time.

Jobriath Rohrer, Schofield Barracks DPW Environmental Department, gives a class on the use of chainsaws to Soldiers of the 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion “Wayfinders,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, in accordance with OSHA regulations at the central Waianae access road on Feb. 1, 2016.

Jobriath Rohrer, Schofield Barracks DPW Environmental Department, gives a class on the use of chainsaws to the Wayfinders at the central Waianae access road on Feb. 1, 2016.

The road is largely used to conduct research and conservation efforts of the endemic species in the area by The Pacific Biosciences Research Center, as well as the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Department, who are a part of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Some of these species include the ‘Apapane (bird), Acacia Koa (tree) and Koki’o ke’oke’o or Arnottianus (shrub), the Achatinella (Oahu tree snail) and ‘Elepaio (bird).

Soldiers began by clearing a vehicle parking area and helicopter landing pad at the start of the trailhead that leads into the mountain range. They also improved the helipad by building a reinforced frame and filling it with gravel to enable a stable landing site.

Soldiers were given a class of instruction on chainsaw handling and tree felling, the process of cutting down a tree, and used their skills to cut down approximately 30 trees along the edge to widen the roadway.

Members of the platoon operated heavy machinery to clear along the road and began sloping and leveling the roadway to fill in any eroded parts; while ensuring the proper slope to allow for storm water drainage and erosion prevention.

The road was finished off by compacting the road surface with a roller and using the leftover gravel in areas susceptible to flooding and erosion.

Spc. Scott Moody, assigned to 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion “Wayfinders,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, fells a tree while using a chainsaw at the central Waianae access road on Feb. 1, 2016. (Photo by 1st Lt. Johannes Olind, 29th BEB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID)

Spc. Scott Moody, assigned to 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion “Wayfinders,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, fells a tree while using a chainsaw at the central Waianae access road on Feb. 1, 2016.

As a result of the road improvement, by the light horizontal construction platoon, access to the central Waianae Range is now easier and has significantly improved the efforts of research and conservation in the range to UH Manoa.

Additionally, the project provided the platoon invaluable training and work experience on skills ranging from project management to grading and compaction of roadways.

The platoon will continue to monitor the roadway along with DPW to ensure that it holds up during times of extensive precipitation.

For more information on conservation efforts of the US Army in Hawaii please visit: www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/sustainability/environmental.aspx

 

 

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