Kalaheo Sewer Project Nears Completion

Craig Nishimura
Craig Nishimura
Lindsey Dymond
Lindsey Dymond

KAILUA (KHNL) - People who travel near Kailua Beach will soon see some relief.

A project that has blocked roads in that area for the past 8 years will be completed this Spring and residents say they can't wait.

"One day they'll be working on the sewer line going up Kailua Road, another day, they'll be open trenching up Kalaheo," said Lindsey Dymond, general manager of Kalapawai Market.

He says he sees something different outside the store everyday. Dymond says the Kalaheo Avenue Sewer Project affects business because some customers don't want to deal with the detours and road blocks to get there.

"The numbers have shown that we've slipped," said Dymond.

But Honolulu officials say by the end of April, the project should be complete.

"It's been a long 8 years," said Craig Nishimura, design and construction deputy director.

The project was originally expected to take 2 years.

It began in 1999, but faced two major delays. Two different contractors, weren't able to finish the job.

"There's all sand in this area. The ground itself provides some challenges to the contract. Not to mention the line itself is relatively deep," said Nishimura.

Crews work to replace the sewer line and repave the roads. Even though workers have been a part of this community for years, residents won't miss them when they leave.

"Not just because our customers can get back to us, but it'll be nice to have them gone," said Dymond.