The 25,000 drivers who use Kamehameha Highway to get around Central Oahu are getting ready for some orange cones and work crews.
After Monday's blessing ceremony, the state Department of Transportation began work to repave the 14-mile stretch on Kamehameha Highway from Ka Uka Boulevard in Waipio to Waihau Street in Mililani.
"We'll be lowering utilities, doing traffic signal improvements, reconstructing the roadways so when we're done, it should provide up to 25 years of service," said Project Engineer Calvin Hisatake.
The $13 million project will take two years to complete.
"There will always be one lane open to the public in either direction," said Hisatake.
This project on Kamehameha Highway isn't the only one starting this week. Crews will be out on Kalanianaole Highway as well.
"It's mostly going to be day work between the morning commute and the afternoon rush hour," said DOT spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter. "And it will be day work to avoid the noise in the residential neighborhood."
The Kalanianaole Highway project is slated to be done in 2016 as well.
DOT says the first two weeks will be mainly prep work. Shortly after, drivers can expected more lane closures.
DOT says most of the construction will happen during the day, but as the Kamehameha Highway project nears the end, crews could close down parts of the roads in the overnight hours as well.