A number of Honolulu road projects have been given the green light to start on Monday, which means drivers will be putting on the brakes for months to come.
Potholes and uneven lanes will disappear on Beretania Street by the time the 14-month project is finally finished.
Before that happens, some businesses along the busy Honolulu street worry customers will also disappear.
"We will probably lose quite a bit of business because of the slowdown. Foot traffic is already not good, and the road project will do more harm than good because more people will avoid the area," said Colortyme store manager Douglas Ayano.
The project is a major makeover: a full-depth reconstruction. That means the road will be dug up, then rebuilt and resurfaced.
In addition to that work, concrete bus pads will be built along with curb ramps and gutters. All that heavy construction means lane closures over the 2.3-mile project, sometimes two lanes at a time.
It will also temporarily block off important on-street parking along the way.
"I haven't seen what is going to happen yet and how it is going to play out. But I am just crossing my fingers and praying that everything will be okay, and it won't put me out of business," said David Miyachi with Copy Hut Hawaii.
While businesses will feel the pain, the improvements could prevent painful collisions between cars and bicyclists. A dedicated bike lane or sharrows, showing cars to share the road with bikers, will be installed along the route.
"You never know when you are going to run into someone or make a wrong turn and hit a car. I think the project will be a great idea. I think they should have done it a long time ago," said bicyclist William Hardy.
At the same time, the city will also be adding a permanent bike lane to King Street. That project also begins on Monday and will last for two months.
Another city project will transform Waimanu Street from a four lane one-way street near Piikoi to a two-way street. The current left lane will reverse directions, so cars won't have to circle the block to get around the area. The project is expected to be finished by Christmas.
Because the three projects are so close together, other major thoroughfares, including Kapiolani and Ala Moana Boulevards are expected to be extra busy until the end of the year.