More slowdowns on our roads

Mark Caberto
Mark Caberto
Afsheen Tafarroji
Afsheen Tafarroji

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - As summer comes to an end, it signals the start of street projects once again on Oahu.

There was a brief break in roadwork because of the back to school jam. But now, drivers will be down shifting during their commute as highway repair work shifts into high gear.

It seems like everywhere you turn, there is roadwork.

"Its pretty bad, no matter what time of day, it doesn't matter if you are an early morning person or late at night there are always roads blocked off," said Afsheen Tafarroji, of Waikiki.

If you thought it's been bad, you may be surprised to learn that the Department of Transportation had road projects on hold for the past two weeks.

"We knew there would be so much extra traffic on the road and we wanted to minimize the impact our road projects would have as people get adjusted to the back to school traffic," said Tammy Mori, with the State Department of Transportation.

But now nearly two dozen work projects get going this week. From landscaping along our roads to repaving and maintenance, more projects mean more slowdowns ahead.

"On the way to school I really noticed it. It normally takes me about 45 minutes to get to school, today it was an hour," said Mark Caberto, of Aiea.

State projects aren't the only ones clogging up our streets, the City and County of Honolulu has added two new sewer projects. It now has nearly a dozen major worksites across Oahu.

Not all the projects will affect daytime traffic as some work will be done at night. But it's back to business as usual for crews working on our roads.

That means for some commuters its back to life in the slow lane.

"Its just going to get back to normal, clogged up," added Tararroji.