City receives backlash from Makiki residents

By Ashley Moser
Published On: May 09 2014 08:34:50 PM HST

An Oahu parking project on Prospect Street is receiving backlash from residents for its traffic jams and parking nightmares.

HONOLULU -

The city is getting a lot of backlash over a new project along Prospect Street.

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Some residents say the work is not only causing traffic jams, but also parking nightmares. Rock mitigation has the city blocking off some prime parking spaces.

"Traffic, parking – everything is pretty chaotic in this area, so it is a bummer," said Makiki resident Adrienne Watkins. "They haven't done anything, but yet the signs have been up for a week. Literally, hundreds and hundreds of residents are affected right now."

The area along the road can fit about 40 cars. Residents want to know why the space is blocked off around the clock.

"In the middle of the night they are not going to be working on it because they are going to be inconveniencing everybody. They'll get so many complaints. You know, just divvy up the time," said April Williams, a Makiki resident.

But officials say they need to block off the area overnight due to safety reasons. They say some of the loose rocks could fall onto parked cars. Some residents still say there's a better way to plan around this.

"They don't have to have to, you know, pay for our cars. If they are ruined in rock slides, they told us park at your own risk during these times. But, they should let us park during at night," said Williams.

Crews are working to remove trees, stabilize the slope and to install rockfall barriers. As for the timeline, residents say it's just too long.

"It just seems a little intense for everyone in this area to have to put up with that for many months," said Watkins.

The project started May 5.

There will also be single lane closures from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Crews hope to have their work completed by Dec. 14.

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