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Major roadwork begins on Vineyard Boulevard

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:30 p.m. HST, Mar 24, 2014

Construction began Monday morning on Vineyard Boulevard on a nine-month road resurfacing and reconstruction project that will require regular lane closures during the day.

The $8.8 million effort stretches from Palama Street to the Koko Head-bound H-1 freeway onramp, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The Vineyard work will include extending the left-hand turn lanes on Palama and Liliha streets, replacing damaged curbs and sidewalks, and installing more energy-efficient traffic signals. Drivers can expect to see one lane closed in each direction from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Work began today on the sidewalk between Palama Street and Pua Lane in the Koko Head direction. The right hand lane was closed.

The work this week could also close the right lane through Liliha Street.

During the months of work, drivers can also expect to see one lane closed on the Ewa bound H-1 Vineyard offramp 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and one lane closed on Vineyard's Koko Head-bound offramp from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Motorists should plan accordingly and consider Dillingham Boulevard and Nimitz Highway as alternate routes through Kalihi.

The work coincides with the nighttime H-1 rehabilitation project, which closes the west-bound freeway from Vineyard Boulevard to Halona Street from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Vineyard Boulevard is an alternate route to the freeway at night and should remain open during the freeway closures as the Vineyard repairs take place during the day.

About 35,000 vehicles travel on Vineyard each day on average, DOT officials say.

Vineyard was last resurfaced in 1995, according to the DOT. That work should be done every 10 to 15 years, state Highways Administrator Alvin Takeshita said.

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boshio wrote:
The hired police on duty at the project should also help move traffic along, and not just sitting in their car, or, stand on the road waiting for lunch time.
on March 24,2014 | 07:09AM
kiragirl wrote:
NINE MONTHS TO DO A FOUR MONTH PROJECT! And that is IF this project finishes on-time and on-budget.
on March 24,2014 | 07:20AM
localguy wrote:
Can you say "Change Order"? Figure a few extra months, couple of million dollars more. Standard for the Nei.
on March 24,2014 | 07:25AM
kiragirl wrote:
Nope. It is not Change Order. It is Change OrderS. Lots of them. 9 months? Wow!
on March 24,2014 | 08:12AM
Anonymous wrote:
I love how the picture has nothing to do with the affected area.
on March 24,2014 | 07:30AM
Big C wrote:
Planning, Planning, Planning. I guess it was all in the planning to make traffic as miserable as possible. H1 & Vineyard, both major roads going East - West. Work being done on them at the same time. Hmmm, sometime you wonder what was their reasoning for such timing!
on March 24,2014 | 08:31AM
paniolo wrote:
Do the job right the first time, no need fix pukas for a long time.
on March 24,2014 | 08:39AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Did you happen to read the article before commenting on it? Here's a quote: "Vineyard was last resurfaced in 1995, according to the DOT. That work should be done every 10 to 15 years, state Highways Administrator Alvin Takeshita said."
on March 24,2014 | 03:51PM
Grimbold wrote:
At the present pace of road repairs you can expect only further drastic deterioration of our roads, There is about a billion $ worth of long neglected roadwork overdue for repair.
on March 24,2014 | 09:01AM
jotobuddy123 wrote:
Another reason we need rail Island wide. GO RAIL GO!!!!!!
on March 24,2014 | 09:48AM
pakeheat wrote:
Island wide jotobuddy123? Stop dreaming, the current rail when up and running will bankrupt the City, LOL.
on March 24,2014 | 12:22PM
localguy wrote:
Really? You haven't got a clue about this. So how much is Grabby Boy paying you for these shibai posts?
on March 24,2014 | 11:35PM
Papakolea wrote:
It would be much more efficient if the city and state would properly maintain the infrastructure on an ongoing basis rather than waiting until it becomes a repair project to be done during election years.
on March 24,2014 | 12:12PM
localguy wrote:
Papakolea - You have to understand union contracts strictly prohibit anything to make work more efficient, last longer. Exactly why they use shoddy asphalt mixtures, require all contracts to be in 3-month increments, punch lists go on for ever, always over budget, past the original completion date.
on March 24,2014 | 11:37PM
Pukele wrote:
The State keeps improving their roads. The city has taken 12 months to repave Waialae and they are not finished yet.
on March 24,2014 | 05:28PM
localguy wrote:
Just getting started. Completion date is now 24 months. If all goes well. Could be 36 months.
on March 24,2014 | 11:38PM
localguy wrote:
Expect this project to follow in the path of the Kinau street off ramp fiasco. Remember how this simple project by mainland standards went months past the completion date and millions over budget. Why? it was not set to be completed in the union required 3 month increments contract requirement. Set for about 7 months, unions required it be extended to 9 months. So they made up work, constantly updating the punch list, having to redo work. Yes, we have the best union workers in the USA.
on March 24,2014 | 11:34PM
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