Pearl Harbor bike path to be shut down for bridge repairs

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: Oct 21 2013 03:11:00 PM HST

Safety concerns are arising from the city's temporarily shut down of part of the Pearl Harbor bike path.

AIEA, Hawaii -

The city will temporarily shut down the Pearl Harbor Bike Path through Aiea for safety reasons beginning Wednesday, but some who use the popular trail said this closure will lead to another safety concern.

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Kevin Garcia walked into a surprise along the Pearl Harbor Bike Path on Monday when he found out it will be closed between McGrew Loop and Hekaha Street beginning Wednesday.

"That's significantly long," he said. "That's a long stretch for families and kids to be walking on the street instead."

Bicyclists, joggers, walkers -- everyone who uses the trail through this area will now have to use alternative routes, like the busy Kamehameha Highway.

"Oh my god. That's not too safe, especially for bicycling," said Tunya Agao, who works along the path.

She said the trail is usually quiet during the work week, but gets packed at peak times.

"Usually going home time and in the morning time," Agao said.

She said weekends are by far the busiest.

"I usually use it for fun, like we ride bicycle so we come through here," said Agao.

The city said some beams on the bridge behind the Pearl Kai Shopping Center and another behind HomeWorld are rotting and need to be fixed for safety reasons.

"I totally understand that because I've been walking this path for over 15, 20 years and there's been no repairs done to it," Garcia said. "So I can see why the thing wore down. But I wish they had an alternative. A safer alternative to that before they had shut it down."

"I guess both of them is unsafe to certain points," Agao said. "We can make alternative changes. But hopefully people will see that before they make their schedule for the day."

The closure is scheduled to last through Nov. 27.

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