Water woes for Honolulu drivers

Officer Ronald Lopez
Officer Ronald Lopez

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It's one of Honolulu's busiest intersections. But no cars are passing through Kapiolani Boulevard at Keeaumoku Street Monday night. As crews are trying to repair a big water main break that's causing quite a traffic mess.

Its not a sight normally seen during Honolulu's hectic afternoon rush hour,

Kapiolani Boulevard clear of cars.

But because of the water main break traffic is re-routed. "We had to shut down the entire intersection, and it will be shut down for the whole night." says Officer Ronald Lopez, with the Honolulu Police Department.

The gushing water came from an aging 12 inch main, which was scheduled to be replaced during the upcoming Kapiolani water project.

Crews were able to turn off the water to the break, without leaving customers high and dry.

But the shutdown of this busy intersection and detour for drivers left some frustrated. Others are already making plans to avoid the area in the morning.

"Guess we'll take Ala Moana and take Nimitz." says one Oahu driver.

"I think I'll have to take the bus but I don't think it drops you off down this way."adds another.

As the work to fix the broken water main goes into the night, getting the road ready for the morning rush hour turns into more of a pipe dream.

Crews will need to put in a new connection to the water line, eliminating the need to repair the broken main.

But that work will take most of the night, leaving little time for contractors to repair the road before the morning traffic hits the streets.