Drivers on Kapiolani Boulevard have been feeling the effects of a major water main project for years.
Max Ausloos says he gets stuck in traffic nearly every day. “It should be like a 10-minute drive, but it takes 20, 30 minutes just driving slow.”
The project itself is also taking a long time. Work began more than two years ago in March of 2014. The original end date of the project was slated for the end of that year.
It was pushed back to summer of 2015, then spring of 2016.
The project’s current end date is this summer.
Last time KHON2 checked in with the Board of Water Supply, officials said in a statement: “There have been several issues encountered underground during construction,” but those issues had been resolved.
Later this month, there will be 24-hour lane closures on Kapiolani Boulevard to make way for a new pipe under one of the major intersections.
Those that drive along the busy street are just looking forward to the construction being done.
“As it backs up, if we’re trying to make it from school, if the kids have practice from McKinley, that’s where they come from and traffic is backed up. It just takes forever,” said driver Peter Valenti.
The following traffic modifications will be in effect this month:
Monday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Closure of the left and center Diamond Head-bound lanes of Kapiolani Boulevard between University Avenue and Date Street;
- Closure of the right Diamond Head-bound lanes of Kapiolani Boulevard between Date Street and Kaaha Street;
- No right turn onto Kapiolani Boulevard from the Ewa-bound direction of Date Street; and
- Closure of the right Ewa-bound lane of Date Street between Laau Street and Kapiolani Boulevard.
Wednesday, May 18, to Friday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Roving lane closures in both the Ewa and Diamond Head-bound directions of Kapiolani Boulevard between Date Street and Kaaha Street.
Beginning Friday, May 27, the contractor is scheduled to implement a 24-hour lane closure to the far left Diamond Head-bound lane of Kapiolani Boulevard between University Avenue and Date Street. The 24-hour lane closure is necessary to allow the contractor to install 400-feet of pipeline as a continuous piece via underground directional drilling. It is expected to last for approximately three weeks.
The contractor is replacing approximately 2,800 feet of 12-inch water main installed in 1938 and approximately 1,000 feet of 8-inch water main installed in 1953.
The Board of Water Supply says the renewal of the water system will improve fire protection and water service reliability for residents in the area.