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City looking at fix after big wave season collapses Sunset Beach bike path

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SUNSET BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The sand comes and goes with the big wintertime swells along Oahu's North Shore. That includes Sunset Beach, where the erosion has been so bad, it has claimed part of a popular bike path.

"This has been a disaster since the rain we had a couple of weeks ago and it has to be fixed one way or the other, only because of the danger," said longtime North Shore resident Tom Sperandeo.

The city is trying to mitigate the danger. This week, workers laid down asphalt to detour the bike path a litter further away from the beach, through an area that had been used for parking. 

This year's erosion hot spot is highly visible. In the past years, the big waves have eaten away at the back yards of beach side homes. While no residences were threatened this year, Sunset Beach has been shrinking for months. Three weeks ago, enough sand ashed out to cause the bike path to finally collapse.

"If you go there and look at the situation you'll notice that there's pretty substantial damage done to the bicycle path, and that will probably occur again," said city Transportation Services Director Designate Wes Frysztacki. 

Frysztacki said the city is now looking at a permanent fix that could impact the beachfront parking area.

"One of the things that we have done is to put some money in next year's budget to look really carefully at whether that's the right alignment, whether we can move it further mauka, and do a better job at having a more permanent facility for people to enjoy," he said.

"Something has to be done here because this could be dangerous," said Sperandeo. "If not for the tourists, for the keiki, you know, for the kids."

Only after the study is done will the work actually begin on some kind of permanent bike path. Frysztacki believes if the funding is approved, the work may be completed in a year.

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