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Drivers In Waikiki Forced To Do The Run Around

Terry Gomez Terry Gomez

By: Leland Kim

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- Construction and congestion. They seem to go hand in hand. But in Waikiki, construction zones are tying up more than traffic; they're slowing down the delivery service industry.

These projects have turned parking spots into barricades.

"Some days, I'm lucky. I have parking. Some days, I don't," said Terry Gomez, a delivery driver for a linen company.

Cops are out directing traffic and enforcing parking laws.

"So when we come back, sometimes we find a ticket on our window," said Gomez. "What are we to do? Where are we to park?"

So delivery drivers often have to circle the block, looking and waiting.

"If you're lucky, you can find a spot," said Alapaki Pedro, a delivery driver for a dairy company. "If not, you can run behind two-three hours."

But they're not the only ones complaining.

"Our customers are saying, 'How come you're delivering so late? We need our stuff early.' I say, 'What can I do? I ain't got no parking,'" said Gomez.

Delivery drivers say things weren't as bad before. But since construction started in the area, lanes are closed off, leaving drivers practically no place to park.

Gomez said it's worse delivering to the Outrigger Reef Hotel.

"Because they have no loading dock. Every hotel in the area has a loading dock. This is the only hotel that doesn't have a loading dock," said Gomez.

The hotel said it understands the concerns, but is limited by space. It said it needs to keep the driveway area strictly for hotel guests to maintain pedestrian safety. So for delivery drivers, they just have to deal.

"You're gonna have some congestion for a while," said Gomez. "But again, for now, we're just fighting this every day."

A fight, they say, that keeps them and their customers on the losing side.

By Leland Kim

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- Construction and congestion. They seem to go hand in hand. But in Waikiki, construction zones are tying up more than traffic; they're slowing down the delivery service industry.

These projects have turned parking spots into barricades.

"Some days, I'm lucky. I have parking. Some days, I don't," said Terry Gomez, a delivery driver for a linen company.

Cops are out directing traffic and enforcing parking laws.

"So when we come back, sometimes we find a ticket on our window," said Gomez. "What are we to do? Where are we to park?"

So delivery drivers often have to circle the block, looking and waiting.

"If you're lucky, you can find a spot," said Alapaki Pedro, a delivery driver for a dairy company. "If not, you can run behind two-three hours."

But they're not the only ones complaining.

"Our customers are saying, 'How come you're delivering so late? We need our stuff early.' I say, 'What can I do? I ain't got no parking,'" said Gomez.

Delivery drivers say things weren't as bad before. But since construction started in the area, lanes are closed off, leaving drivers practically no place to park.

Gomez said it's worse delivering to the Outrigger Reef Hotel.

"Because they have no loading dock. Every hotel in the area has a loading dock. This is the only hotel that doesn't have a loading dock," said Gomez.

The hotel said it understands the concerns, but is limited by space. It said it needs to keep the driveway area strictly for hotel guests to maintain pedestrian safety. So for delivery drivers, they just have to deal.

"You're gonna have some congestion for a while," said Gomez. "But again, for now, we're just fighting this every day."

A fight, they say, that keeps them and their customers on the losing side.

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