Lanes are back open along Pensacola Street Monday after months of emergency work.
Drivers have constantly dealt with busy roadways in the heart of Kakaako, but they’ll notice a lot less cones and safety barriers.
Nearby restaurants and retailers are breathing a sigh of relief. Many say business has plummeted since the work began in April.
“The last day of the parking I believe was this past Saturday, and we actually didn’t get word of that either. They just cleared the barricade and they were just gone. Hopefully we’ll get the business going again. I’m sure not too many people know about the opening of the Pensacola Street again, so hopefully we’ll get more customers,” said Hiroaki Iguchi of Menya Musashi Ramen. “I really want to thank our customers that came when the parking was closed. They had to park somewhere else and walk over, but our customers, we’re really fortunate to have such great customers here.”
City officials say the emergency work was necessary after nearly 50-year-old underground storm water drains were found in danger of collapsing. Crews had to install hundreds of jacks underneath the road to stabilize it.
According to Robert Kroning, director of the city Department of Design and Construction:
“The Pensacola emergency repairs project is nearly complete. As of Friday, cleaning and shoring work was finished and all traffic lanes were re-opened. All signage for lane closures and weight restrictions were removed late Friday.
The contractor is still restricting 10 to 12 parking stalls along Waimanu Street for additional cleanup. The remaining cleanup does not require lane closures, and should be completed sometime next week.
The work involved the cleaning of 734 linear feet of culvert and the installation of 1,038 jacks.”
Despite all the headaches, this is still just a temporary fix. The city says a future project will be planned for a more permanent solution.