TRAFFIC ALERT: All lanes of Farrington Highway reopen following water main break repairs
NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The major water main that ruptured in Nanakuli on Saturday has finally been repaired, and all lanes of Farrington Highway are reopen Monday morning.
BWS finished repaving Farrington Highway, between Piliokahi and Nanakuli Avenues, before 3 a.m. Monday. But crews kept some lanes closed early in the morning to complete procedures to disinfect the repaired main and connect it back to the BWS system.
At approximately 6:20 a.m., BWS reopened all remaining lanes after disinfecting the repaired main. In the meantime, it is now awaiting test results determining if the water is safe to drink before reconnecting it to the BWS system.
Frustrated drivers weren't too happy about the traffic over the weekend.
"Coming home took about four hours to get home from Waianae to Nanakuli," said Deann Lapinig.
"Over and over again! We need an alternate route or something to give us some kind of relieve," Robert Hatchett said.
For two days in a row, west side drivers have been stuck in traffic for hours because of a broken water transmission line that damaged the road. The 24-inch water transmission line broke Saturday near Nanakuli Beach Park around 4:30 p.m. The break was on a transmission main that provides the Leeward Coast with about 60 percent of its water supply.
An emergency bypass bridge opened up on Saturday and all other access roads opened on Sunday. However, city buses weren't able to go over the bridge, so authorities opened up a contraflow lane from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for buses only. After that, riders had to use a special Handi-Van shuttle instead.
State Representative for the district Andria Tupola says the access roads they opened up shouldn't be used by everyone.
"The access roads are to alleviate west coast traffic, so not going to town. But if you're trying to travel across the coast, for example, from Waianae to Nanakuli, from the shopping center, to Helelua, Princess Kahanu, Paakea, or Sea Country, that's it. The access roads are to help alleviate that and take people off Farrington Highway," said Tupola.
On Sunday, Board of Water Supply workers accidentally damaged a sewer line as they were trying to repair the main line. The sewage was contained to the bottom of the trench and didn't spill out.
Despite these hiccups, some west side residents are trying to stay positive.
"You just gotta cope with it. It's just something that's on the west side because there's only one road in and out. So it's something we all gatta deal with," Hale Kapea said.
Special duty officers remain on site and motorists are advised to expect delays, plan ahead, and to drive with caution.
BWS is also asking that residents from Honokai Hale to Waianae use water sparingly and for priority needs only -- like cooking, drinking and bathing – until further notice.
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