Roads Closed Around Convention Center

Published On: Nov 08 2011 12:30:48 AM HST
Updated On: Nov 09 2011 03:42:51 AM HST
HONOLULU -

The first day of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings also meant the first day of extra security measures, including road closures around the Hawaii Convention Center.

Before dawn on Tuesday, the barricades went up on Kapiolani Boulevard. The street was shut down in front of the Hawaii Convention Center.

The closure will happen every day from 6 a.m.- 7 p.m. through Friday. Cars came to a crawl at Kalakaua Avenue as drivers were detoured. The closed area also includes the mauka end of Atkinson Drive. Lori Ortiz was caught in the slowdown as she came through town.

"I came from Mililani and drove to Kaimuki, then I tried heading back to the airport. I thought it would be easier but it was not," said Ortiz.

Mike Nojima also found the morning drive difficult. "It was horrible. It took me 40 minutes to get from Hawaii Kai to here," said Nojima.

The road closure put a damper on drivers commute but they were not the only ones affected by the street shut down.

"Usually about this time I am still sleeping, but I got up early so I could get a heads up on what is going on," said Honolulu resident Rock Watson.

As cars crept by, Watson waited for the bus, at a temporary stop the city just put in. But the problem was it didn't let didn't let anyone know it would be there.

"I was confused even the days before today; we were still trying to find out information, until this morning when I found out about this bus stop"

Pedestrians also found they could walk along Kapiolani Boulevard and Atkinson Drive, but had to cross the street because security closed the sidewalk around the Convention Center.

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