Kapahulu businesses brace for roadwork

 

More road work is on the way this time on Kapahulu Avenue.

With work set to begin in three weeks some people along the busy road are bracing for what it could do to their business.

“It’s really going to hurt a lot of business on this street,” said Bob Picerno, owner of The Soccer Locker.

Business owners like Picerno, know just how much roadwork can impact business.

“I know for us with all the freeway work we lost about 40% of our business coming from central Oahu,” said Picerno.

Now, the work will be right outside his door on Kapahulu Avenue.

It starts February 9th and is scheduled to take a little over a year (420 days).

The work will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

“We tend to get busy around 7 AM until 2:30 so I think it will take a toll on us, but I think we still have loyal customers that will come in,” said Neubecker.

“It’s just going to make it harder for us to get in, but it’s not going to stop us from getting our Leonard’s Bakery over here,” said Marfin Nerro, a regular at Leonard’s Bakery.

The project will run from the H1 Freeway all the way down Kapahulu Ave. to the Honolulu Zoo.

The work will include re-surfacing the road, reconstructing gutters and curbs, and installing bus pads as well as other work.

“A lot of people say they don’t like the fact that we’re doing this work, but in the long run like I said it’s going to help,” said Nerro.

While it will help the roads, businesses hope it doesn’t hurt them.

“I don’t know if there’s a lot we can do about it,” said Picerno. “It has to be done. I’d rather them do it at night, it’s noisy, but better for business.”

 

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