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Major roadwork about to start on 2 Oahu highways

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:32 p.m. HST, Jun 18, 2014

<br />Craig T. kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.com<br />COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM<br />Kids statewide took to the streets Wednesday in support of "safe routes to school" in their local neighborhoods. Natalie Iwasa, in front, aka Bike Mom, led kids on bikes down Kalanianaole Highway in the morning. Iwasa rode five miles with her sons and their friends on the "Bike School Bus" from their homes on Lunalilo Home Road to the Honolulu Waldorf School in Niu Valley. The kids are helping to raise interest in the first Hawaii Safe Routes to School Summit: A Gateway to Healthier, Happier Hawaii Communities, which is scheduled for Jan. 20 at Kapiolani Community College.<br />

Two major highways on Oahu will soon be getting some long-overdue renovation -- and the headache-inducing lane closures that come with daytime roadwork.

Drivers who use Kalanianaole Highway in East Oahu and Kamehameha Highway in the Mililani area will start to see crews working next week on overdue repair projects that are not expected to end until 2016, state transportation officials said Wednesday.

The Kalanianaole Highway project will take place from West Hind Drive to Hawaii Kai Drive from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. and Hawaii Kai to Hanauma Bay Road from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The work is taking place during the day because DOT officials felt the overnight work would be a "nightmare" to the homes fronting the highway, DOT Highways Administrator Alvin Takeshita said. However, he added that the schedule means the comprehensive road repairs, already about 15 years overdue, won't be done until February 2016.

The Kamehameha Highway repair project will run from Ka Uka Boulevard to Waihau Street, with work running from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Officials expect it to be completed by summer 2016.

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localguy wrote:
Longer it takes the more job security for union members. Months of extra work thanks to change orders and never ending punch lists. Standard for the Nei.
on June 18,2014 | 01:48PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
it's gonna take longer because they can only do the work for no more than 6 hours each day..can't do it at night or else all the white rich folks on the east side will not get there beauty sleep
on June 18,2014 | 04:28PM
kiragirl wrote:
Then a company with twice the manpower would equate to the project finishing twice as fast? And who (State or the contractor) determines the completion date?
on June 19,2014 | 12:13AM
agumakiki wrote:
ELECTION is around the corner ! ! !
on June 18,2014 | 01:59PM
Benibiker wrote:
It's nice to see all these roads around the island finally being fixed. We pay fees and taxes and for a long time didn't see any progress but finally something tangible.
on June 18,2014 | 03:44PM
Jonas wrote:
They should've done the repairs when they re-did the sewer recently. Why can't these projects ever be coordinated?
on June 18,2014 | 05:03PM
hikine wrote:
Should've been resurfaced 15 years ago... what happened to the fund back then?
on June 18,2014 | 05:13PM
MANDA wrote:
Guess the big boss lives in HI Kai, because here in the most densely populated area of the entire state, Ala Moana/Hobron, they do all their work at night, including pile-driving.
on June 18,2014 | 05:48PM
Honu89 wrote:
Why do these projects take two years to finish? For the Kamehameha Highway project, it needs to be done, but a whole lot faster. You are adding this to the all of the other projects underway at the same time - rail going over the H1/H2 merge and Kamehameha Highway through Pearl City!!!! Who is developing the scope for all of this work and who is setting the completion date????
on June 19,2014 | 01:03AM
jojobear wrote:
I was stuck in traffic for over two hours yesterday going east bound and I never got an answer as to why the H-1 was closed, I read the newspaper this morning and they never mentioned anything about why it was shut down all the radio said was the police were investigating something but didn't elaborate about it, would you know exactly what happened.
on June 19,2014 | 12:51PM
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