Concrete Barriers, Eight-Foot High Fences Installed In Waikiki

By Catherine Cruz
Published On: Nov 08 2011 10:22:29 PM HST
Updated On: Nov 09 2011 08:39:59 AM HST
HONOLULU -

State transportation officials are closing Ala Moana Blvd. between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for two nights while crews install security barriers in Waikiki.

The state has been storing 450 concrete jersey berms at a Kakaako parking lot and near the old heliport near the Hilton lagoon. On Tuesday, crews began to truck the concrete barriers to strategic locations in Waikiki. That meant closing off Ala Moana Blvd. from Ward Avenue down along Kalakaua through a section of Waikiki.

The Bindlightner family, here for a wedding said after being aggravated in traffic today decided to leave their car behind and walk from the Halekulani Hotel to Sears for an early evening fitting.

?I have never see traffic like this. I couldn?t believe it they had all this security everywhere and police. We were stuck,? said former Oahu resident Christian Bindlechner.

"We really didn't know it was all going to happen. We are just trying our best to deal with it? said Carl Bindlechner.

But the lane closures and construction work created a real traffic jam near the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel. Nine flatbed trucks were on a schedule to drop one concrete barrier every five minutes along strategic areas near where world leaders are to meet this weekend.

Installation was expected to take close to an hour for each Jersey berm with crews to erect chain link fences and black netting in areas near Ena Road, Saratoga and down around Kalakaua Avenue. But the delays on the road were frustrating to both residents and visitors.

"This is ridiculous. We can't even get home from where we live to where we work," said Timothy Schuh.

"We were planning to go out but we were warned it would be crazy coming back and we might not be able to get back in," said Jess Pena who earlier in the day had trouble checking into the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel.

Others kept focused on the fact that all this, was just for one week.

"Anyone who complains doesn't have anything else to do really," said Freida Ellis.

Transportation officials said traffic along Ala Moana Blvd was light early in the evening which helped crews navigate more easily. Crews expect to complete the job working overnight on Wednesday.

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