State crews to give Vineyard Blvd. a 9-month makeover

By Ann Sterling
Published On: Mar 12 2014 07:28:03 PM HST
Updated On: Mar 24 2014 11:52:15 AM HST

A nearly 9 million dollar project to resurface Vineyard Boulevard from Palama Street to the H1 Freeway on-ramp will begin in two weeks.

HONOLULU -

Another road is getting a makeover and this one could last nine months.

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Thirty-five thousand cars and trucks use Vineyard Boulevard every day. It is a major artery to get onto the H-1 freeway and also feeds into downtown.

"Traffic is crazy traveling on Liliha to Vineyard. It's crazy. I don't like it," said Patti Izon, a driver.

On March 24, driving on Vineyard Blvd. will get a little crazier. An $8.8 million project to resurface about 10.5 lane miles of the road from Palama Street to the H-1 Freeway eastbound on-ramp near Punchbowl Street will begin.

The improvements are required to extend the life of the existing road.

"It should have been done earlier. We have a lot of catching up to do," said Highways Administrator Alvin Takashita. "Normally our recycling schedule is 10 to 15 years to address resurfacing of the road."

The roadwork will require lane closures -- one lane each direction -- primarily during the day. But the project will include some night work.

"We appreciate their patience. We know there is going to be some congestion, but this work is needed," said Department of Transportation Director Glen Okimoto.

Drivers are being urged to use alternate routes Monday through Friday while road crews complete their work. Crews will also be replacing damaged curbs and sidewalks, and the installation of new bus pads and energy-efficient LED traffic lights.

Daytime closures will run between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 80 percent of the funding is being provided by federal monies and 20 percent by state funds.

There will be also two weeks of full overnight closures on the westbound H-1 Freeway from Vineyard to Halona Street.

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