Cost engineer Joseph Uno is poised to replace John Henry Felix.
It’s not clear whether the leave is voluntary, but agency officials say the labor director had been receiving death threats.
The temporary program mirrors a global trend to give people more street space so they can exercise at a safe distance.
The issue arose at Thursday’s board meeting as members grappled with the latest round of cost increases.
The state’s labor department is still trying to determine how many claims are left — and how long it will take to process them all.
State emergency management officials are trying to better understand COVID-19’s toll on island communities.
Rail officials had proposed a major change order to keep work going, but they weren’t able to reach a deal in time.