by Darren Pai
AIEA (KHNL) - State crews sealing off a short cut across the freeway, not something people who walk around Aiea like to see.
"Actually I was going to use it yesterday and they closed it off and I was like ugh, what a waste of my time," said Aiea resident Shane Shimabukuro.
Now Shmabukuro has to take the long way around to the Kaamilo overpass.
"I have to walk all the way to pearlridge and then I catch the bus," Shimabukuro said."It's just a big inconvenience for me."
Now a climb up the walkway leads to a dead end, forcing pedestrians to look for alternate routes.
On the makai side of the H-1 Freeway, the walkway feeds into Alvah Scott Elementary School.
"On the side we have Kaamilo and Aiea Heights Drive and the kids are always walking up there," said George Lai, Alvah Scott principal. "So for our school, we're in good shape."
Despite having more than 500 students enrolled, school officials are not expecting any major disruptions.
"Most of the elementary kids that we're affected with, they catch the school bus or they live right in the neighboring area," Lai said. "So maybe a few families will walk across the overpass."
For now, the walkway remains closed. That means Shimabukuro will have to keep taking the long way around.