Expect more traffic and more lane closures on Ala Moana Blvd.

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Jan 06 2013 03:59:00 PM HST

Honolulu drivers are in for more delays and detours, especially on Ala Moana Boulevard.

HONOLULU -

Honolulu and traffic jams are synonymous for many of you, especially when we think about parts of Ala Moana Boulevard. The Department of Transportation started construction in the area again. Sunday night through Friday morning there will be multiple lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and single lane closures from 8:30 to 3 p.m all along the boulevard from Smith St. to Kalakaua Ave.

"It will take me literally an hour and fifteen minutes to get to work if I go this way maybe 40 minutes," said Lawrence Fujii who takes the road to get to work.

And some businesses along the boulevard are fed up with the roadwork too.

"There's a lot of lull times. We usually don't have lull times, traffic time, people don't want to come down to this area they don't know what to expect," said Carl Brookes, manager at Bikefactory.

"Sometimes it takes us 40 minutes to find somewhere to park, to go into these neighboring establishments," said customer Christina Bush.

There are mixed feelings about the construction that is due to the beautification project of Ala Moana Boulevard that started in 2011.
 
"I don't know why they want to beautify the streets really this whole area is the nicest that it gets on the island," said Fujii.

"Actually in the long run, it probably would be worth it. It's just annoying right now, but if it's going to make it look better, I think it's good," said Joel Olegario.

The project includes pavement re-surfacing, changing these old lights to these new ones, and sidewalk repairs.

The DOT advises motorists to use caution while driving through the work areas and to allow for extra travel time.

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