Kapiolani Blvd. water main project could last until spring 2016

Kapiolani Boulevard

KHON2 reported back in April that water main work on along Kapiolani Boulevard had been delayed yet again.

Now we’re learning the project has hit yet another snag and is going to be delayed even further.

The project to replace two outdated water mains on Kapiolani Boulevard started a year and a half ago and has run into a number of speed bumps along the way.

Work was slated to be done by the end of the summer, but now it may not wrap up until spring of next year.

Moiliili neighborhood chair Ron Lockwood says feelings are split on the project.

“The neighborhood board sort of understands. Of course, the neighbors are upset. We accepted more than the drive through traffic, people trying to get downtown or home from downtown.”

Lockwood says the board was told about the most recent delay just last month, but most who live in the area still haven’t been told.

Here’s what we learned. The project has been delayed three times since it began in March of last year. If it’s finished by spring, it will be over a year late.

In a statement, the Board of Water Supply told KHON2 there have been “several issues encountered underground during construction,” but it has “resolved those issues and added additional crews to this project.”

Lockwood says he’s cautiously optimistic that the project will get done by the spring.

“I’m not going to hold them to Easter. If they can get it done by Kamahameha Day, I’ll be delighted. Well, my neighbors will be delighted,” he said. “But it is what it is. We need to put in this new infrastructure.”

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