Full closures planned when Kamehameha Hwy resurfacing begins in October

Kamehameha Highway

In about a month, getting into and out of Central Oahu could get a little difficult as the state resurfaces Kamehameha Highway.

The highway is a popular alternative to the H-2 Freeway with 25,000 drivers using the road each day.

But the state says this is a long overdue project that will greatly improve the road when finished.

The closures will take place at night.

“In anticipation of this night work that’s going to happen Oct. 6, we will have electric message boards posted out here on Ka Uka (Boulevard) so that people are aware,” said Jadine Urasaki, deputy director of projects with the Department of Transportation.

Night time closures will run Sunday nights through Friday mornings, 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.

In addition, daytime single-lane closures will continue as well. Daytime work will run from Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It is in desperate need. The last time we repaved it was back in the ’90s. The conditions are not appropriate for us. We need to do it for our safety,” said Urasaki.

Within the whole corridor of the project, there are about 25,000 vehicles that use the road each day, but during the later hours, the road is less traveled.

“It is significantly less at night. That’s why we are starting to work on it then and that’s why we are starting at 8:30 (p.m.),” said Urasaki.

Drivers can “expect some travel delay times during that portion of the work that we’re going to have and again it will be October 6 and we expect it to end mid- November,” she said.

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