East Honolulu drivers brace for 400 day paving project

East Honolulu drivers brace for 400 day paving project

HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Add another major construction project to the mix on Oahu. East Honolulu drivers will have to plan for a repaving project for the next year and a half.

Starting next month Kalanianaole will have road crews up and down the highway.

No one likes potholes but traffic isn't high on anyone's like list either and it tough to fix one without the other.

"That's why we're trying to do it between the rush hour so we won't start until 8:30 or 9:00 depending on which direction we're going and we'll end at three," said Caroline Sluyter, State Department of Transportation.

They can't work at night because of the noise to nearby homes, but they also don't want to impact the morning and evening commutes.

"So instead of working an 8 hour day it's really cutting it down to a four hour day so it does stretch the project out," said Sluyter.

That's why the $14 million paving project is expected to last 400 working days to repave all lanes in the four mile stretch of the highway from West Hind Drive to Hanauma Bay Road.

"It's amazing when you look at mainland highway projects where they have snow and tornadoes and all that they seem to get it done a lot faster, but we go the Hawaii way," said State Senator Sam Slom, (R) Hawaii Kai. "Because nobody holds people's feet to the fire."

Commuters are already gearing up for more time in their cars.

"I feel it really needs to be worked on and it needs to be fixed immediately but a year and a half is kind of long," said Celena Deponte, who works in Hawaii Kai.

"The traffic that I deal with everyday on H1 will now extend my entire commute," said Michael Kirchner, who works in Hawaii Kai. "Nothing I can do. Just have to grin and bear it."

The work is scheduled for Monday through Friday, but that could change depending on conditions. They also won't lay asphalt in the rain so that could stretch the project out longer.

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