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Water line repair causing daily traffic nightmare in Nanakuli

Adrienne Vicente Adrienne Vicente

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

NANAKULI (KHNL) - It supplies the leeward coast of oahu, with more than half of its water. But repair work on a water line, is causing some, major traffic.

Board of Water Supply officials tell us it's one of hardest projects they've had to do so far this summer.

That's because it turns an already congested area into one lane of traffic both ways. It's causing some drivers to just stay away from Oahu's Leeward Coast altogether.

Adrienne Vicente owns a landscaping business. She gets all of her materials outside of the Leeward Coast.

"It's terrible, takes us sometimes 2-3 hours just to get through it on an average day if you're lucky only takes an hour," she said.

She's stuck in this area of Farrington Highway almost everyday. The Board of Water Supply works on this water line from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

"We're starting to think about our other alternatives, we really like living out there, it's a beautiful place, it's quiet, it's what country living should be all about, but all this traffic is making it seem not worth it," Vicente said.

The traffic coming into town starts all the way in Maili and it comes to an end as you get to Nanakuli Avenue.

The BWS says they're replacing a water line that supplies the Leeward Coast with more than half of its water.

Many drivers we spoke to wanted know why the work couldn't be done at night or on the weekends. The BWS tells us it would be too noisy to do the job at night, especially since it's near a residential area. They also felt weekend work would only hamper weekend activities.

"It leaves a real bad taste in our mouth, it makes us not enjoy our work as much, what used to be lucrative is now turning into humbug, it's a vicious cycle," Vicente said.

A cycle that vicente and many other Leeward Coast residents hope it ends soon. The BWS says the work should be done before the start of the school year and it's urging people to call its hotline for weekly updates on traffic and other upcoming projects. The number is 748-5310.

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