AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Update 4:55 a.m.:
All lanes of Kamehameha Highway have been reopened, according to the Board of Water Supply. A BWS paving contractor has completed road repairs.
Update 6:50 p.m.:
Board of Water Supply (BWS) crews have completed repairs to broken a 12-inch water main at 98-135 Kamehameha Hwy in Aiea. Water service was restored to affected customers as of 6:45 p.m. this evening.
Crews will be working through the night to backfill the trench and repave the roadway. Two eastbound lanes (center and right lanes) on Kamehameha Highway between Lipoa Place and Pali Momi Street are expected to be closed until midnight, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
An update will be provided when lanes are reopened.
Update 10:00 a.m.:
Board of Water Supply (BWS) crews have installed a water bypass that has restored water service to customers at Pearl Kai Shopping Center. Currently, three customers, all businesses, are without water service. A water wagon is positioned at 98-147 Kamehameha Highway in the parking lot of McDonald's at Pearl Kai.
Crews have started excavating to uncover and repair the broken water main. This work has forced the closure of two eastbound lanes (center and right lanes) on Kamehameha Highway between Lipoa Place and Pali Momi Street. One lane will be open for the duration of the repair. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and to take an alternate travel route. Work is expected to continue throughout the day.
The 12-inch cast iron main was originally installed in 1961. An update will be provided when the situation changes.
Update 6:45 a.m.:
The Board of Water Supply has responded to a 12-inch water main break at 98-135 Kamehameha Highway near Lipoa Place.
Five customers, all businesses, are without water including a nearby Shell Gas Station, Firestone Complete Auto Care, McDonald's, the Sumida Watercress Farm and Pearl Kai Shopping Center. A water wagon is available nearby to provide an alternate water source for impacted customers, BWS said.
BWS will also set up a water bypass that could possibly restore water to the shopping center, but it's not certain.
The center and right eastbound lanes of Kamehameha Highway between Kaonohi and Pali Momi Streets will remain closed throughout the day as crews continue to make repairs, but at least one lane will be open.
Update 6:20 a.m.:
Honolulu police have reopened the far left eastbound lane on Kamehameha Highway.
A possible water main break was reported near 98-135 Kamehameha Highway shortly before 4:55 a.m. on Thursday, the Board of Water Supply says.
Honolulu police have closed all eastbound lanes on Kamehameha Highway between Kaonohi and Pali Momi Streets, and traffic is being diverted to Kaonohi Street up to Moanalua Road.
Details regarding the size of the break and affected customers are unavailable at this time. A troubleshooter is currently on his or her way to the scene.
We will provide updates as soon as they become available.