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Crews finish Nimitz repairs

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:30 a.m. HST, Mar 09, 2012

Board of Water Supply crews finally finished repairing Nimitz Highway after a 16-inch water main break Tuesday night between Pacific and Alakawa streets.

A Board of Water Supply spokesman said the repairs were completed  by 8 a.m. and all Ewa-bound lanes are now open.

The repairs didn't happen in time for state crews to open the Nimitz Highway contra-flow lanes this morning.

A 16-inch main, built in 1942, broke Tuesday night between Pacific and Alakawa streets, creating traffic jams that spread out from Iwilei and Kalihi as commuters clogged Nimitz Highway and alternate routes.

Motorists endured a second day of frustrating traffic jams during the afternoon commute Thursday when damage to a gas line delayed the resurfacing of the road. Traffic was also heavier than usual during the day and during the morning commute.

The water pipe was repaired Thursday morning and service restored to the last of six businesses affected by the water main break.

But work crews damaged a synthetic natural gas line during the repair. On Thursday, Gas Company crews fixed the protective coating of a line that was damaged during the excavation process.

"The pipeline was never compromised," Gas Co. spokeswoman Stephanie Ackerman said Thursday afternoon. "There was no gas leak. Before we cover up the hole, we have to re-coat the gas pipeline. When that's done, they'll close up the hole."

The far left town-bound lane of Nimitz Highway near Pacific Street and Alakawa Street were converted into a second Ewa-bound lane during the evening commute, and while that helped, traffic was still a mess.

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inverse wrote:
If Oahu had a Nimitz highway 'flyover' instead of some useless train to nowhere, this water main break would have had minimum negative impact on Oahu traffic. Appears this 16 in water main runs through most, if not all of Nimitz highway which means this type of break and subsequent traffic nightmare would mostly happen again on some other section of Nimitz hwy
on March 8,2012 | 06:32AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Expect these type of breaks all over the island after heavy rains. The sewer system is old and with heavy rain the ground settles and pipes break. Remember the break that fould the Ala Wai and the beaches after the heavy rains of 2007?
on March 8,2012 | 06:58AM
loquaciousone wrote:
If you think the traffic was bad yesterday because of a little water main break, wait until they start closing roads to build the rail.
on March 8,2012 | 06:51AM
allie wrote:
ben will stop it
on March 9,2012 | 12:52PM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
The headline should read "Expect another day of traffic delays all over Honolulu". Yesterday afternoon I left Long's in Moiliili (the old Star Market site) at 4:30 p.m. and headed town-bound on Beretanis. It took me until 5:45 p.m. to reach Punahou Street---usually a 2 minute drive even at that time of day. Traffic was gridlocked---so bad for minutes at a time we just sat there with our car engines turned off so as not to waste gas. Luckily, everyone seemed to handle it well---no visible road rage and drivers were letting people onto change lanes.
on March 8,2012 | 06:56AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
I guess we were lucky then, Ala Wai Blvd. & Kanekapolei to Ala Moana Center Macy's only took from 5:20 - 6:35. With the gridlock on the Ala Wai and traffic backed up on all other routes out of Waikiki heading out. I guess it was an exercise in getting all the Oahu drivers in line to back rail? There weren't other construction projects going on to warrant the traffic mess in these areas unless the Nimitz water line break did affect the overall traffic gridlock other than just the Nimitz area, were there any?
on March 8,2012 | 09:22AM
Mailesdad wrote:
I wonder how the plumbing in my home would be if it was installed in 1942. Non-existant. I'd be diggin holes in my back yard. I guess this is what we can expect from our elected government leaders. The Hawaii politician motto "Out of sight out of mind." I can only imagine how they are going to maintain this $7,000,000,000 train to nowhere. Thats right $7,000,000,000. They just figured out that it's going to cost an extra $1,000,000,000 to run and maintain the shuttles and Handy-Vans to this train to nowhere. Guess who's footing the bill?!?!? I bet if we cut half of our senate, city and state leaders positions and cut their pay like they did to our government employees and cut their pensions (starting with the governors) they can reduce our taxes and help to pay for the stuff they helped lead to ruin (like our roads and sewer systems). Maybe if the Mayor stopped taking so many trips and attending so many ceremonies he might see how his beloved city is falling apart.
on March 8,2012 | 08:26AM
AieaJon wrote:
BTW, I drove past the area last night about 6:30 and saw noboby working out there. HUH! It was contraflowed going west. I saw the hole.
on March 8,2012 | 08:42AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
They must have been in the hole? 8-(
on March 8,2012 | 09:25AM
allie wrote:
Bem has urged Carlisle to fix the sewers, water lines, drains, roads and bridges in a planned, comprehensive way. Instead, Carlisle and his financial backers are going ahead with an outdated, overly expensive rail system that will employ mainland labor for the most skilled, best paying jobs. Yeah, that makes sense! Not
on March 8,2012 | 08:43AM
808warriorfan wrote:
on March 9,2012 | 12:50PM
mcc wrote:
The line was broken while fixing the leak. Wait until they start putting holes in the ground for the rail to nowhere. We will have gas outages, electrical outages, water outages and sewer spill. Stop the rail, vote for Ben Cayetano.
on March 8,2012 | 03:04PM
Instead of spending millions of taxpayers dollars in not all will benefit Rail Transit system, perhaps Carlisle (and if Caldwell wins the mayoral race) should spend taxpayers money in repairing some of the aging and failing infrastructures to serve the public better!
on March 8,2012 | 03:38PM
ready2go wrote:
on March 9,2012 | 06:42AM
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