9 month resurfacing project begins on Vineyard Boulevard
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The state Department of Transportation has started a 10.5 mile resurfacing project along Vineyard Boulevard.
DOT officials said major improvements are required to extend the life of the existing roadway, enhance highway safety and improve the riding surface.
Improvements will include reconstructing weakened pavement areas, replacing damaged curbs, gutters, and sidewalks and constructing curb ramps.
Crews will also install new bus pads and loop detectors, and replace existing traffic signal heads with new energy-efficient LED optical units. They will also extend the left lanes at the Liliha and Palama intersections.
According to DOT, the road is used by 35,000 vehicles a day. Vineyard Blvd was last resurfaced in 1995 and spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter says the work is needed.
Only one lane in each direction can be closed at a time but business owners along Vineyard are worried that customers won't brave the gridlock.
"Not good," says Khalil Dabbas of New Deal Pawn, "I'm right on the corner... all my business comes from Vineyard." Dabbas says the majority of his customers visit during the day, when the lane closures happen, between 8:30 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon.
Mi Sun of K-9 Style Dog Grooming is also worried, "(It) affects all small business shops."
The Vineyard resurfacing should take nine months. Meantime, the DOT urges drivers to use Nimitz Highway or Dillingham Blvd, but both of those also have construction projects going on.
The good news, the H-1 Rehab Project is scheduled to be finished in July.