Crews close Pearl Harbor Bike Path, Neal Blaisdell Park to clear homeless

Published: Aug. 6, 2017 at 4:37 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 8, 2017 at 9:46 AM HST
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PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A popular bike path plagued with a growing homeless population is shutting down for the rest of August.

Starting Monday, City and County of Honolulu crews will close the Pearl Harbor Bike Path, from Lehua Avenue to Hekaha Street.

Crews will complete landscaping jobs, finish repairs to park amenities and conduct homeless sweeps.

In previous reports, Hawaii News Now learned a jurisdictional issue kept city and Navy officials in disagreement over who was responsible to maintain the path.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell recently signed a grant of easement agreement with the Navy that now allows the city's Department of Transportation Services to manage a portion of the path.

Bicyclists who use the path will be rerouted onto Kamehameha Highway.

Neal Blaisdell Park in Pearl City will also be closed during that time frame.

The area will reopen on Sept. 1. City officials say once the park and path reopens, officials will strictly enforce stored property rules, monitor for violations and enforce closure hours from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m daily.

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