Honolulu drivers react to Vineyard Blvd. construction

Published On: Mar 24 2014 10:36:15 PM HST   Updated On: Mar 24 2014 10:39:28 PM HST
Vineyard roadwork


One of Oahu's major roadways is getting some much needed TLC.

Crews started their latest road rehab project on Vineyard Boulevard Monday, but not all drivers are on board.

“Now they’re blocking this up so what are we supposed to do? It seems like no matter which way you go you’re stuck in traffic,” said Honolulu resident Arnold Tani.

Road Rehab seems to be the buzzword these days. Drivers want smoother roads, but worry they might have to find alternate routes to the alternate routes. That includes a new project on Vineyard. People were using the street to get around the H-1 freeway work.

“This is an alternate route, but Vineyard is primarily day work, so it will still be available at night,” said Caroline Sluyter of the State Department of Transportation.

Still, some expect slow going.

“Kind of hard because they’re closing the lanes, yeah? Only one lane is open so going to drive slow,” said Tani.

Department of Transportation officials say after 20 years, the wear and tear of 35,000 vehicles on this stretch of road every day needs to be addressed.

“It hasn’t been since 1995. So as our drivers know, there are a lot of roads that need resurfacing and reconditioning. The DOT is very happy they can get these projects done,” Sluyter added.

The Vineyard project involves repaving the roadway from Palama Street to the H-1 freeway on-ramp in both directions. Crews will start at 8:30 in the morning wrapping up at 3:30 in the afternoon. It is a nine month, nearly $9-million dollar project mostly paid for with federal money.

Crews are not only focusing on repaving the roadways. They’re also looking to replace damaged gutters and curb sides, but most importantly new traffic lights.

“We’re going for the energy efficient and it will save money in the long run. A lot of our lighting on our roadways we’re switching out to LEDs,” said Sluyter.

It seems there is a light at the end of the tunnel and smoother days ahead.

“Better now if no more the pot holes,” said Tani. 


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