Expect delays along Kapiolani Blvd due to maintenance repairs

Kapiolani Boulevard is used by countless drivers every day.

But starting Monday, March 31, you may want to think about avoiding it for the rest of the year.

That’s because the Board of Water Supply is starting a water system improvement project to replace thousands of feet of old water main on Kapiolani Boulevard from McCully Street to Date Street.

Work will take place Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. but lane closures could start as early as 7:30 a.m.

We discovered that some people got the heads-up on the project and some learned about it from us.

On any given work day, the stretch of Kapiolani Boulevard between McCully and Date Streets is always congested during the morning and evening rush hours.

The project to replace 3,800 feet of water main will force people to negotiate the work along the corridor and alternate plans will be critical in order to get from one place to the next.

Apparently not everyone got the heads up about the installation job.

The LockUp Self Storage lists hundreds of tenants with constant coming and going.

“I would say they will need to do a better job in notifying the businesses when they are going to do something like this,” said Jay Shannon, assistant property manager of the storage facility.

Ron Lockwood is the chairman of the McCully Neighborhood Board.

While he got the heads up, he can’t say the same for others in the area.

When we asked the him how he thinks the traffic will be when the project gets started, Lockwood said. “Seriously, it’s going to be a mess. I don’t think all our neighbors have been informed.”

Apparently some have been informed.

At the McCully Shopping Center, tenants received a notice dated March 21.

In it, the statement says work crews will be on the job from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and that tenants will be notified in advance if the project requires temporary shutoff of water service.

The water system work could also affect bus routes.

A transit officials says that TheBus will generally stay on the regular route although buses may become late if the traffic is heavy.

For motorists, you can negotiate the congestion by taking a number of side streets in the area including Lime, Fern, Date, Citron, Waiola and Algaroba Streets.

Even with all the fuss and mess, some area residents say it will be all worth it in the end.

“Well, you can’t help that. But you got to sacrifice now in order to get a better future,” said Lloyd Tokuuke.

The Kapiolani Boulevard work is expected to be completed in December 2014.

You can keep track of its progress, by going on the Board of Water Supply website (http://www.hbws.org/cssweb/display.cfm?storyID=1070).

It’ll post updates on the project, along with information on traffic patterns.

You can also call their project hotline for updates.

That number is #748-5310.

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