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Waikiki water main break repairs to go into Friday

Keith McCoy Keith McCoy
Tracy Burgo Tracy Burgo

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A water main broke in Waikiki Thursday morning, at the intersection of Ala Wai Boulevard and Keoniana Street.

The Board of Water Supply expects repairs to go into Friday. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

The pipe that broke was where a 16-inch main connects with an 8-inch line.

The water main break was a major inconvenience for drivers, as well as residents.

The force of the water caused the road to buckle and lift in some spots.

"This is the worst water main break I've seen here in Waikiki," said Waikiki resident Keith McCoy.

McCoy has lived in the neighborhood for 23 years. He spent the day cleaning this mess left behind, after the pipe burst around 3:45 in the morning.

"The water started and the silt mud started coming up the street. Then I looked up there and they really had a problem on their hands," McCoy said.

Traffic backed up as special duty police officers rerouted vehicles off the busy road.

"I dropped my girlfriend off at work and just got stuck in the mess," one person said.

"How long have you been here?" Hawaii News Now asked.

"About 45 minutes, 50 minutes."

"We really appreciate the patience of the Waikiki motorists and we do apologize for the inconvenience that the main break has caused," said Tracy Burgo of the Board of Water Supply.

Six nearby buildings lost water service. All people could do was watch and wait.

"A little bit frustrated but, you know, what can you do?"

"The repair is a little complex because there is a lot of underground utilities as well as the fact that the road itself got damaged severely," Burgo said.

Burgo said repairs were complicated by other underground utilities. A gas line was damaged, but not ruptured, and needs to be repaired before road can be re-opened.

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