Mililani residents brace for traffic woes

Mililani residents brace for traffic woes

MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For residents of Mililani who live near the high school, there are two routes to town: Meheula Parkway to the H2, and Kamehameha Highway to the H1.  Beginning Monday, there will be roadwork on both of them for the next six months.

"The projects will run concurrently, but there won't be complete shutdowns of Kam Highway or Meheula to the freeway" said Mark Yonamine, the Acting Director for the Department of Design and Construction.

With repaving being done to both routes, anyone who travels to town in the work hours will inevitably hit some sort of traffic delay.  Those hours are 8:30am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

"That's going to be really bad" said Teu Hinkle, a resident of Mililani.

However, residents we spoke to said being hemmed in by the construction, as bad as it will be, is better than the alternative, which is the current condition of those two routes.

"I've had three tires blown" Greg Hinkle.

Fellow resident Steve Jones has his own opinion "Kamehameha is even worse, that needs repair really badly".

The Meheula project is slated to be done by the end of 2014.  The Kamehameha project won't be done until fall of 2016.

Fortunately, there will be good coordination between the projects.  Grace Pacific is the contractor for both of them, and will be communicating with the city and state frequently.  Paving work on Meheula is already completed west of Kamehameha, and will continue to go east to the H2, meaning the construction will be done in that area by the time paving work on Kamehameha reaches the intersection.

Said Yonamine "it's tough, it's a big overdue paving project that needs to get done in that area, and if they'll bear with us we'll get it done as quickly as possible".

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