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Afternoon traffic backs up as main break closes part of Nimitz

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:33 p.m. HST, Mar 07, 2012

Motorists driving through Kalihi and Iwilei can expect traffic delays through Thursday as Board of Water Supply crews repair a 16-inch water main that broke on Nimitz Highway Tuesday night.

Crews have reopened two right westbound lanes of North Nimitz Highway between Pacific Street and Alakawa Street. The far eastbound lane of Nimitz Highway between those same two streets continues to be contraflowed.

The Board of Water Supply warns motorists to expect delays and to avoid the area, if possible.

"We expect traffic to be very heavy because of the entire situation," state Department of Transportation spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said.

Ewa-bound traffic is backed up to Ward Avenue. The city is asking residents to delay travel if possible to avoid peak hours of traffic.

Water service was restored to five of six businesses in the area, the Board of Water Supply said. The water main that broke was installed in 1942.

The break, reported at about 11:30 p.m., initially closed Nimitz Highway in both directions and Alakawa Street until about 1:50 a.m. It also prevented the state Department of Transportation this morning from setting up the town-bound Nimitz contra-flow lane, which ends near Alakawa Street.

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edster48 wrote:
Gee, I hope this doesn't hold up rail construction!
on March 7,2012 | 05:08AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Hope so, we spend most of our taxes on wages, pensions and benefits for public employees so we have little left for infrastructure repair. One storm and sewers, roads and bridges fail.
on March 7,2012 | 05:16AM
localguy wrote:
A big mahalo to all the BWS and related workers involved in the daily repair of watermain breaks. You are awesome, always working to get the water back on and roads open. Sad to say our bureaucrats do not support you. Feeling it's more important to waste money on rail and other pet projects versus core infrastructure maintenance. Our roads are 4th world quality, repairs are shoddy, HECO uses substandard poles that lean in the slightest breeze. State workers remove downed light poles and never replace them, leaving the guts hanging out of the support. Why are we so 4th world? It's what our bureaucrats do. We will never, ever, be as efficient as Japan or Singapore. Heaven forbid we actually get it right and spend tax money wisley. It would ruin the backwards image we covet.
on March 7,2012 | 05:54AM
Tanabe wrote:
What? Didn't have enough water on the roads already the BOE had to add more??
on March 7,2012 | 06:53AM
allie wrote:
This is why Ben needs to be elected. We need comprehensive infrastructure rebuildign and rehab well before we waste more money on rail. Ben was totally right about this as we are seeing.
on March 7,2012 | 06:57AM
mcc wrote:
By placing new watermains in all of Oahu will alliviate more traffic problems than the rail. Use the rail money and fix our infrastructure. Vote Cayetano for Mayor. Stop the waste of taxpayer's money.
on March 7,2012 | 07:05AM
Wonderful_World wrote:
There's a water main break EVERY WEEK!!! We should scrap the rail & use the money to repair the infrastructure. If it's not water main breaks its sewage spills! Yuk!
on March 7,2012 | 07:56AM
olos73 wrote:
It's more like SEVERAL every week.
on March 7,2012 | 10:29AM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
Let's make a comparison with other cities shall we? In the year 2010 water main breaks in Seattle were 111. In Portland 99, In San Diego 133, and in Honolulu 356. According to "Civil Beat", some of Honolulu's water lines range from 60 to 100 years old. With a water line breaking just about every day...When are we going to make this problem a priority? Repairs by BWC are generally done with OT funds. Plus HPD on scene using additional OT or CT. Mr. Mayor, Let's not kick this can down the road!
on March 7,2012 | 11:59AM
Wonderful_World wrote:
WOW! Now that's an eye opener!
on March 7,2012 | 12:11PM
Waimanalodayz1 wrote:
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on March 7,2012 | 02:47PM
GAC wrote:
don't forget to vote. we need new politicians in office. the state is going broke . these old boys are padding their wallets. time for a change people. fix the infrastructure. we need to keep an eye on all public servants spending our tax money. make people accountable.
on March 7,2012 | 03:55PM
Fred01 wrote:
"We expect traffic to be very heavy because of the entire situation," state Department of Transportation spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said. -- POOR EXCUSE!!!! Next Dan will tell us this is the price of living in "paradise."
on March 7,2012 | 08:24PM
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