City kicks off Beretania Street repaving project

Published: Feb. 24, 2016 at 7:24 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2016 at 12:03 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Work to repave a busy stretch of Beretania Street got underway on Wednesday morning, after being delayed when crews found infrastructure and utility lines inches below the roadway.

The repaving work will run from University Avenue to Alapai Street.

When noisy road work machines came to life Wednesday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said simply: "This is music to my ears."

The project was set back before it even began, when contractors found all sorts of infrastructure and utility lines below the road's surface.

The discoveries changed the scope of the project.

"Instead of full-depth reconstruction, it'll be what we call mill and fill -- or going down three inches and repaving the road," Caldwell said.

One positive side effect from the change: The city saved about $1 million in materials cost, d ropping the price tag to $8.4 million.

One negative? The new repaved surfaced will only last about five years -- and the utilities still have to be relocated eventually.

"Just about the time the road is going to hit the end of its lifetime is when all the utilities have been told to plan to lower their lines to the current standard," said city Director of Design and Construction Robert Kroning.

The repaving work will run weekdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be some weekend work as well.

The project is slated to last four months, but it could be done at least a month ahead of time.

And that's music to everyone's ears.

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