Repair work on Ala Moana, marathon course, after water line break

Rick Taniguchi
Rick Taniguchi

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The eastbound lanes of Ala Moana Boulevard at Ala Moana Center were closed for several hours Saturday as crews worked to fix a broken water service line.

According to a Board of Water Supply spokesman, the break was reported at about 3:05 a.m. Saturday at 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard. The break in the eight-inch line was repaired by 1 p.m. All Waikiki-bound lanes of Ala Moana Boulevard between Piikoi Street and Atkinson Drive remained closed until evening while repaving work was done.

The break is also in the area where runners for the Honolulu Marathon gather for the start of the race, and is on part of the course where marathoners head toward Waikiki.

Marathon officials said they've been prepared for such a possibility.

"With the large number and frequency of both water main breaks and sewer breaks that have been occurring over the last year, we've developed a notification system with the City and County and the Board of Water Supply," said Honolulu Marathon deputy race director Rick Taniguchi, who was notified at 3:20 a.m.

Taniguchi said that while there have been water main breaks near the course in the past, there has never been one right on the course.

"We've had situations where they've been a block or two away, but never on the course itself, but you know, we were counting our stars in that we've been lucky up to now, but sooner or later it was going to happen," Taniguchi said.

Ala Moana Park was without water after the break, but water service was restored to the park at 1:17 p.m. No other customers were affected.

The closure of the east-bound lanes disrupted traffic trying to head to Waikiki and to Ala Moana Center.

"We're hopefully going to have a regular, normal course when everyone runs the race tomorrow morning," Taniguchi said.

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