Major road work on Meheula Parkway begins on Monday

The city is getting ready to repave two major roads — Meheula Parkway in Mililani and Beretania Street in town.

They’re part of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s ambitious five-year plan to repave a lot of the bad roads on Oahu.

Meheula Parkway is one of the busiest roads in Mililani.  It’s also one of the bumpiest roads in Mililani.

“The road is really bad, especially passing the high school to the freeway,” said Mililani resident David Okouchi.  “You know the real damage is the trees, the roots that’s the one turning the highway.”

The city knows that.  So before repaving the road, they had to take care of the trees first and do some curb and gutter work.

“We had to work with arborists.  We had to make sure that if we cut roots it didn’t damage these trees or make them susceptible to winds knocking them over,” Caldwell said.

Now that that work is done, they’re ready to start the major road work.

On Monday, crews will start scraping off the top layer of Meheula Parkway.

“Almost $14 million worth of work,” Caldwell said.

They’re going to start the repaving work at the bottom of Meheula Parkway, near Lanikuhana Avenue, and work their way up towards the freeway.

“Once they get that done, Mililani will be a nice nice place,” Okouchi said.

Crews will work between the morning and afternoon rush hour.  So people who drive on Meheula Parkway during the daytime may be affected.

“There will be some lane closures, not the entire road because it is the way to get from mauka to makai in Mililani, so we’ll leave some lanes open,” Caldwell said.

The Meheula project should be finished by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, in town, the Beretania Street repaving project is scheduled to start in July.

“That’s going to cause some traffic problems too.  We’re going to make sure we do it in the right way.  We’re going to have to coordinate with the paving on H1 and other private construction that’s going on,” Caldwell said.

The plan is to repave all lanes of Beretania Street from University Avenue to Alapai Street, near the main police station.

If you want to find out more information on the Meheula project, Councilman Ron Menor and Council Chair Ernie Martin will hold a community town meeting to discuss the project.  It’s scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mililani Uka Elementary School’s cafeteria.

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