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Beretania Street roadwork will slow down traffic

Monday marks the beginning of a year-long rehab project on South Beretania st. Monday marks the beginning of a year-long rehab project on South Beretania st.
Mark Yonamine Mark Yonamine
David Kong David Kong
Michael Formby Michael Formby
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Consider yourselves warned. On Monday the city begins a year-long rehabilitation of South Beretania Street.

"We're advising the motorists to try and avoid the area. Use Ala Moana or Kapiolani to get into town," said Mark Yonamine, deputy director of the city's Department of Design and Construction Branch.

Two miles of Beretania from University Avenue to Alapai Street will be resurfaced. The project begins close to Jiffy Lube's entrance.

"Hopefully they leave some room for us to bring cars in," supervisor David Kong said. "We can't stop business or shut down, so we're kind of worried about that."

The city hired contractor Road and Highway Builders, LLC, to fix Beretania. The street has been overlayed so many times, the center is higher than the sides.

"You'll bottom out when you hit Beretania," Yonamine said. "What the project entails is cutting down, removing all of that overlay, and bringing it back down to the original grade."

Curbs, gutters and driveways will also be repaired. Expect lane closures.

"Once we start working on the bus pads, the contractor will have to close that lane where the bus pad is 24/7, just to allow the concrete to cure. That could be for several days where that lane will be coned off," Yonamine said.

Work will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some work may be done at night. Eventually a bicycle lane will be added to go along with the bike lane that's being put in on King street.

"The drivers know that there's a bike lane on the right side. That's where you expect to see bicyclists. It's safer. It's not a protected bike lane, like what we're doing on King street. But it's better than no bike lane," Transportation Department director Michael Formby said.

Jiffy Lube anticipates the inconvenience, but knows it's only temporary.

"Hopefully they'll get through us pretty fast. Then we can get back to normal," Kong said.

The rehab work is costing taxpayers about $9.4 million. South Beretania was on the city's list of roads and streets that rated as a poor ride. The work ahead should smooth things out.

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