Ala Moana Beach Park sinkhole repaired, Ewa entrance reopens early

Ala Moana Regional Park Ewa entrance

The city has completed repairs to a sinkhole at Ala Moana Regional Park.

The Ewa entrance/exit was reopened at 4 p.m. Friday.

A contractor and city crews had to repair multiple holes in 48-inch pipes below the roadway and, despite delays from Tropical Storm Darby and tidal restrictions, the work was finished ahead of schedule.

Officials say repairs could only be conducted during low-tide periods. The pipes serve as a conduit between the park lagoon and Kewalo Basin Harbor.

Site Engineering repaired the drain line and driveway under a $125,000 emergency contract. Staff from the Department of Design and Construction did the engineering design in-house.

“Mahalo to our city departments for working together to get the park road opened early, in time for the weekend and the Dragon Boat races tomorrow,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “A special thank you to the Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Facility Maintenance, Department of Design and Construction, Department of Transportation Services, the Honolulu Police Department and to contractor, Site Engineering, Inc. for performing the repair work quickly. We appreciate park users’ patience during this emergency closure.”

The Department of Transportation Services extended the traffic light at the Diamond Head entrance/exit of the park from 20 seconds to 60 seconds to relief traffic congestion.

Officials say the traffic light will be kept at that 6-second interval for the time being, but will be monitored for possible impacts to traffic along Ala Moana Boulevard.

If the new interval time is deemed problematic, the traffic light will be returned to the shorter interval.

Sinkhole repairs on July 27
Sinkhole repairs on July 27

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