Ala Moana beach park entrance to remain closed for at least two more weeks


The entrance to Ala Moana Regional Park off Atkinson Drive will remain closed for at least two more weeks due to a sinkhole.

On Monday evening, we spotted a line of vehicles waiting to exit the park’s entrance, across from Kamakee Street.

The Atkinson entrance was closed on Sept. 13 after city Department of Parks and Recreation staff noticed a hole in the road about the size of a football.

Officials say when crews dug up the road, they found a larger sinkhole and voids at several culvert pipe joint locations.

Last week, they repaired exposed pipe joints and reinforced them with concrete.

Then on Monday, work began to ensure the rest of the joints were sound.

The city says the length of the repair process is due to water levels limiting access to the culverts and the extent of the damage caused by the leaking joints.

At this point, work is expected to wrap up in mid-October.

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