Challenges create more Waialae Ave. woesUPDATED 7:56 PM HST Sep 19, 2013Video Transcript
Drivers waiting for the nightmare on Waialae Avenue to end ... will have to wait a little longer. After YEARS of debate -- the multi-million dollar project finally got underway last year. But as KITV4's Lara Yamada tells us ... some tough challenges are now pushing it PAST its deadline. NATS: Driving/Road If you live around Kaimuki, or have passed through the area, you've had the headache of driving over nasty potholes. City crews finally began a year- long repaving job along Waialae Avenue in July 2012, after years of complains from nervous drivers and bicyclists. People want to ride their bikes, but they don't feel safe. 219-23 From the get-go, the project has had numerous issues in regards to traffic. More than a year later, the city said, it may not look like its made big progress, but the project included more than a dozen other roads feeding into Waialae. Takashige said curbs and bus pads are also done, but when crews started ripping up the main corridor: 52-55 We hit what we call soft spots. 140-15 Either a board of water supply line was, I shouldn't say broken, but leaking, or the roadway was cracked, and maybe some of the rainwater went through the road. STANDUP: 942-00 Because they had to dig so deep, crews have to fill in the road, stamping down one layer at a time, to make sure those soft spots don't strike again. 410-22 Before, standard construction was pretty much just gravel build up on gravel, compacted, and then we'd put a road way on top of it, but now we have better methods of treating areas beneath the road. Takashige said, so far, those soft spots have pushed back the completion of the project by a month to the end of January. He said work starts Wednesday on the next section from Koko Head Avenue toward town. 500-05 We don't know what we're going to hit as we go over this hump behind me so just be a little more patient with us. Lara Yamada KITV4 News. The Board of Water Supply says the city has NOT notified them of any leaks along Waialae Avenue. But in a statement today said: "However, upon hearing of this, the BWS has arranged to send someone out to investigate this situation." "If there is a leak, we will take action to address it as soon as we can."