More Traffic Congestion Ahead For Honolulu Drivers

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann
King Street
King Street

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Two major roadways in Honolulu are shut down starting Sunday night, frustrating drivers even more, as they travel on already-congested roadways.

City officials say they know it'll be slow going for a while, but call all this roadwork a necessary evil.

"What we're trying to do is repair our aging infrastructure," said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. "We wish the work had been done years before, but it hasn't so it is going to be a bit of an inconvenience."

King Street between McCully Street to Old Waialae Road will be closed to repave potholes, fix the curbs and gutters, and install new markers.

The work is being done overnight from Sunday through Thursday nights, to hopefully minimize traffic. It's expected to take 45 days to complete.

This closure comes at the same time as two lanes on Kapiolani Boulevard are shutdown around the clock, while crews fix an old sewer main.

"We've seen the lessons when we don't take care of our infrastructure," said Hannemann, referring to the massive sewage spill in Waikiki last March. "I wanna do it in such a way that no future mayor, no future city council will have to worry about this."

The work should be done before the holiday season.

Nearby businesses are bracing for the worst, but Hannemann says if you look at what could be the alternative, the inconvenience is a small price to pay.

"Just be patient with us, and at the end of the day, we'll all be happy," said Hannemann. "We'll have a healthier Honolulu not only in the short term, but obviously in the long term."

Because of the road work, the morning contraflow lanes on Kapiolani Boulevard will only run to McCully Street. The afternoon one won't be running.

The best advice from officials is to avoid the areas if you don't need to be there.