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Traffic relief in motion for Wahiawa

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By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

WAHIAWA (KHNL) - Residents and business owners in Wahiawa who are frustrated with all the construction tying up traffic in the area, will finally find some relief.

In a Talk Story report from Central Oahu, two main arteries in Wahiawa - Kamehameha Highway and Whitmore Avenue - are undergoing road work, which has left some residents feeling trapped.

"It's really frustrating because it's hard for us to go to Wahiawa and come back here. It's only one road," said Marvic Sabug, a Wahiawa resident.

Along Kamehameha Highway, road work is almost done. It's welcome relief for businesses, some of which have been hurt by lane closures.

"It definitely did deter some people from our business. With the café here, it's more significant because people have so many options as to where to eat. If there's a lot of construction going on, they just kind of bypass that area and find somewhere else," said Andrew Kitakis, a business owner.

Wahiawa Neighborhood Board Chair Ben Acohido says the traffic tie-ups may be a nuisance, but the road work is designed to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety.

"The choke point was right here at California and Kamehameha Highway which backed up traffic all the way to the freeway," he said.

Acohido says the community has been fighting for these road improvements for a long time.

"We've gone through 5 years of seeking 13 improvements in traffic and with a change in administration, it's been delayed delayed delayed," said Acohido.

Delays that are finally in motion to help ease growing traffic pains.

The State Department of Transportation says Wahiawa only has to put up with two more weeks of road work on Kamehameha Highway. All that's left to do is re-striping.

As for Whitmore Avenue, that's a Navy project. Calls to find out when work there will be done, were not returned Monday.

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