A broken, 16-inch water main at Alakawa Street and Nimitz Highway that continues to disrupt traffic and businesses will take another day or two to fix, likely affecting the Zipper Lane and Nimitz Express Lane for Thursday’s rush-hour commute.
“The Nimitz Hwy at Alakawa St. water main break is estimated to take 24-48 hours to repair,” state Department of Transportation officials said today, repeating a tweet from the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. “At least 1 westbound lane is closed. All left turns are closed at that intersection. Right turns are allowed. People are encouraged to take Dillingham Blvd, King St, or H1 Fwy as alternates. No Zipper Lane or Nimitz Express Lane on the July 4 holiday. Expect the Zipper and Nimitz Express Lane access to be impacted on Thurs. July 5.”
Water was turned off to all businesses in the Pier 38 area and to the Nimitz Business Center, the Board of Water Supply previously said.
United Fish Auction is closed and Nico’s plans to close, the Board of Water Supply said. However, Board of Water Supply crews are trying to figure out how to bypass the broken water main and restore partial water service.
The main ruptured Monday evening at busy Alakawa Street and Nimitz Highway, on the mauka side of Nimitz.
It forced the closure of the Nimitz Express Lane this morning. Diamond Head-bound traffic in the Zipper Lane was diverted to exit at the airport viaduct.
The westbound left-turn lane from Nimitz into Pier 38 at Alakawa is closed. Cars are also unable to turn from Alakawa onto Nimitz in the westbound and eastbound directions.