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Road, utility work cause traffic nightmare on Pali Highway

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:29 a.m. HST, Apr 11, 2013

Road repairs and utility maintenance work on the Pali Highway caused major headaches for Oahu motorists Wednesday.

The state transportation department said there are lane closures on Pali Highway in both directions between Nuuanu Pali Drive and Jack Lane/Akamu Place for road repairs from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday. Traffic is reduced to one lane in either direction at times.

Also from Castle Junction on the Windward side, lanes are closed on Pali Highway in both directions between Kamehameha Highway and the Nuuanu Pali Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for utility maintenance. Traffic is reduced to one lane in either direction at times.

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Naloboy wrote:
These DOT idiots wouldn't know how to coordinate projects and ease the impact on residents if their lives depended on it. 1:15 minute commute today!
on April 10,2013 | 11:32AM
control wrote:
DOT isn't responsible for the actions of the utility companies and those utility companies aren't responsible for the DOT.
on April 10,2013 | 01:19PM
CriticalReader wrote:
The most optimal and efficient time to do these repairs is at night. The added cost(s) should only be the expense of providing lighting. But, can't disturb the bird's or the construction worker's sleep.
on April 10,2013 | 11:45AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Only bird(brain) that I see are the ones who coordinated this project's time.
on April 11,2013 | 06:48AM
Who_Said wrote:
Just make sure to actually fix the roadway, not just gloss over the top so it looks good! My shock absorbers can't wait... .
on April 10,2013 | 12:15PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Felt sorry for the motorcycles toiling that washboard Pali.
on April 11,2013 | 06:57AM
jankenpo wrote:
Hurray! Pali Hwy townbound is being repaved.....or at least it looks like that's what they are doing.
on April 10,2013 | 12:36PM
localguy wrote:
Don't want to pop your bubble of excitement but same crews worked on the Kam IV road in Kahlili. Within 18 months the pot holes started to come through all down the road. Seems they failed to fix the holes first, just a skim coat to make the road look good, More wasted money for shoddy work, local standard.
on April 10,2013 | 02:37PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Lowest Bidders?
on April 11,2013 | 06:48AM
eastside808 wrote:
If this was a Ctiy job, then work would have started earlier (7:30) and ended later (4:30) compared to the State run jobs. Dont know if weather conditions during the evenings is more conducive to road work cause it may rain more during the evening than the day and it would take even longer do complete the work.
on April 10,2013 | 01:40PM
Bully wrote:
B.S. 2:30pm , they didn't get off the road until 3:30pm by then traffic was way back.
on April 10,2013 | 01:45PM
Blue_Powder wrote:
Why would you start road repair at 7:30am when everyone is going to work/school? Perhaps 8:30am? Just a common sense thought. Unbelievable.
on April 10,2013 | 01:58PM
96706 wrote:
Oh well ... it HAS to be done!!
on April 10,2013 | 02:09PM
allie wrote:
on April 10,2013 | 04:25PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Whoever set the repair time was hoping that everyone had 96706's(Ewa Beach) attitude. He must have won the lottery, quit his job, and have all the time in the world to sit in gridlock?
on April 11,2013 | 07:00AM
localguy wrote:
Coordination to avoid traffic backups, delays, is not in the union contracts. Unions want taxpayers to understand they are in charge, they will pick the work times and if traffic backs up, not their problem. Funny how working at night was ok on the H1 yet on major feeder roads, no bureaucrats are concerned. Their standard. No wonder the Nei is known around the world as a little 5th world country.
on April 10,2013 | 02:42PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Union workers get more pay working at night with the night pay.
on April 11,2013 | 06:49AM
hapaguy wrote:
After college I lived in Arizona and California. Both those states do all their roadwork at night (graveyard shift). Why can't we do the same? Better to inconvenience a few road workers than to inconvenience 1,000's of motorists. Think of all the lost productivity with all those people stuck in traffic!
on April 10,2013 | 02:51PM
allie wrote:
high overtime costs
on April 10,2013 | 04:25PM
localguy wrote:
There are always alternatives. Unfortunately in the Nei we are so backwards we fail to act professionally. So stuck in the past, never learning, always in the gutter. No wonder tourists can deduct their trip and all Nei purchases as "Charity donation to a 5th world country."
on April 10,2013 | 07:31PM
mikethenovice wrote:
High fuel tax in Hawaii should be able to pay for the overtime?
on April 11,2013 | 06:54AM
Peanutfan wrote:
No overtime cost if that is their regular scheduled work May only have to pay a night time premium pay of a couple of $$.
on April 11,2013 | 02:16PM
mikethenovice wrote:
College till now? That a long time to pave a road? Make your story a little clearer to understand. Leave the college part out. Leave the two states out. You can make your point without such distractions in your text. Too much information, hapaguy. This is not FaceBook where you sob your life's story for pity. Good Day, Mate!
on April 11,2013 | 06:53AM
Wazdat wrote:
on April 10,2013 | 04:09PM
Peanutfan wrote:
I agree they need to hire competent people that can plan out these projects better for instance I did not see any roadwork sign until after you pass Kamehameha Highway and then it was to late to legally detour or turn around.
on April 11,2013 | 02:18PM
BRock wrote:
What a bunch of cry babies.
on April 10,2013 | 04:23PM
Anonymous wrote:
Do this at night! Why do they feel free to work all night for years on end in Waikiki and then do things like this?
on April 10,2013 | 04:45PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
stop crying and pay attention to the roadwork signs and maybe you would've took the likelike or h-3 next time like i did..lmao
on April 10,2013 | 04:57PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
you guys complain when things don't get fixed and you complain when things get fixed..in order for things to get fixed you need to close lanes..the purpose of closing lanes is for safety of the workers so that cars actually have to slow down..all you guys complaining have never worked on the roads so you don't know how dangerous of a job it is to work on the roads..shame on you for thinking of yourself and not the safety of the workers..everyone says to do the work at night..are you crazy?..that's when all the drunks are on the roads..again..shame on you for thinking of yourself and not the safety of the workers who have families to go home too just like you have families that you wanna go home too
on April 10,2013 | 05:59PM
localguy wrote:
hanabatadayz - You don't get it. You can either work professionally or you can work "Nei Standard" Meaning as low class and take all the time you can, fail to coordinate, fail to announce. DoT failed to communicate this work to commuters, failed to post advisory signage on all feeder roads to the Pali. Only when drivers called KSSK did word get out. Why is DoT so backwards, so afraid to work professionally? Remember, this is the same DoT that admitted their H3 road advisory signage was incorrectly set up. It tells drivers the road is clear when an accident blocks it. DoT also admitted they had no idea how to put radio and cell signals through the Wilson tunnel. Our DoT is only good for shoveling dirt.
on April 10,2013 | 07:36PM
control wrote:
hey, get a shovel and get to work then
on April 10,2013 | 08:23PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
don't blame the dot..blame yourself for not anticipating roadwork ahead signs..i was coming from waimanalo and seen the signs so i turned right and went on the h-3..now that's akamai
on April 10,2013 | 08:50PM
Muzzy996 wrote:
Permitting from DOH is messed up to . . . try working with their noise branch to get work permits on public roads at night . . .
on April 10,2013 | 09:04PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Tell the drunks to use the LikeLike.
on April 11,2013 | 06:55AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Thank You for paving the Pali Highway. Nobody lie there. Why not do this project at night when there is less traffic?
on April 11,2013 | 06:47AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The police look forward to citing more speeders on a smooth road.
on April 11,2013 | 06:56AM
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