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Roadwork to Begin on Kapiolani Boulevard

Johnson Choi Johnson Choi
Tim Pearia Tim Pearia
Chopper 8 above construction area Chopper 8 above construction area

By Joann Shin

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Johnson Choi meets his customers at his new restaurant.

"We opened two days ago," Choi, the owner of New Queen's Chinese Restaurant.

It's busy now, but it gets even busier during dinner.

Choi said, "The busiest times for us are around 7 p.m. up to midnight, so we're quite concerned."

He's concerned, because access to his restaurant could be limited, starting Tuesday night.

Crews begin work on Kapiolani Boulevard from Pensacola to Kamakee Street to restore an aging sewer main.

Project Manager Tim Pearia, explained, "The sewer lines in this neighborhood are about 50 to 60 years old. They need a little bit of work."

The work will take place from Tuesday through Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

You could see more traffic.

"Lane closures and delays and so we'll put it all back together in the morning for the rush hour," Pearia said.

This worries Choi.

His restaurant is in the middle of all of the road work.

According to Choi, "With traffic jams, people will pick a location closer to where they work or where they live. If they have to drive another ten minutes or are stuck in traffic another ten to 15 minutes. We may lose some business."

Then on Saturday, the middle lanes in this area will be closed 24 hours a day.

Crews need to place a bypass line on the road, while they work.

This phase should be completed in late November.

"Cross our fingers, our customers still come," said Choi.

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