H-1 Freeway widening work making life dusty for Pearl City resident

H-1 Freeway widening work making life dusty for Pearl City resident

PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Road crews are taking a break from work on the H-1 Freeway through Pearl City. And while it means no traffic backups for drivers headed westbound, it's also a break for people drivers don't see.

That would include people like Clyde Anamizu, who has lived in a home just below the Pearl City viaduct for seven years. He was aware before he moved in that there would be freeway noise. He also doesn't mind the construction that much.

For him, it's the dust.

"It seems like there's no dust control," Anamizu said. "They just let it go anywhere."

A thin coat of gray dust covers many surfaces in Anamizu's yard. "Dust all over the place," he said. "I got some small rocks coming from the cement coming into the yard. I gotta go clean it before I use the lawnmower."

There were a few chips found Saturday afternoon, most of them about the size of a dime or smaller. Anamizu simply tosses those to the side of his back yard, and said they aren't as bad as the dust problem.

"I complained and tried to talk to the DOT, and they said, oh yeah, we'll let them (the contractor) know. And I said, yeah, let them know, okay? Didn't do any good, it seems."

DOT spokesman Tim Sakahara said records show that someone from Anamizu's address contacted the department on Jan. 14, and that the DOT called back the next day.

"Our contractors have definitely tried to do the water control to try to reduce the amount of dust that gets airborne and into neighbors' areas, and we'll continue to do that," said Sakahara.

Anamizu said he doesn't drive on that part of the viaduct, so he can't see what's going on above his house, including the water control measures. He knows, however, that he still has the dust. Meanwhile, the DOT said it will try to do more to fix the problem.

"If that isn't sufficient, we'll certainly adjust and adapt to try to figure out something else to make our neighbors happy," said Sakahara.

Sakahara added that the westbound widening work on the H-1 Pearl City viaduct will be taking a break Saturday night and Sunday to allow for smooth-flowing traffic for the Super Bowl.

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