By Leland Kim
KAPOLEI (KHNL) - Relief is here for one of the most traffic congested areas on Oahu. A multi-million dollar road project is underway now in Kapolei.
Like many parts of the island, Kapolei has a traffic problem. A long row of cars waits to enter the Kapolei Marketplace. But some say rush hour traffic is much worse.
"Between four and seven, it's terrible over here," said Henry Plemer, a long-time Kapolei resident. "I mean, just to get out from this parking lot right here, and to get out on the highway, it can take you half an hour."
And over the years, traffic has not gotten better.
"When I first moved here, it was kind of country and the villages of Kapolei didn't exist, and I lived up on the hill like I still do," said Janyce Myrland, who has lived in Kapolei since the 1990s. "So, there's a lot more traffic then there used to be."
This is why the government and a private developer are working together to address this issue. Monday, they broke ground on a $2 million road project extending Kamokila Boulevard from Kapolei Parkway to Roosevelt Avenue.
"This will allow people to get from Campbell Industrial Park all the way to Ewa without having to go through the Center City," said Councilmember Todd Apo.
Close to $30 million have been invested in Kapolei roads in the past year. More projects are in the works, but some worry additions like Costco could mean more traffic.
"I mean big shopping centers like that usually on the mainland, they're fed by their own exit ramp," said Myrland. "It doesn't mesh with the traffic unless that's where you have to go."
Still, residents are hopeful this could benefit Kapolei in the long run.