There was only one lane to travel along on Kamehameha Highway in Aiea on Thursday morning.
Drivers had to find a different way into town thanks to a 12-inch water main that ruptured, and snarled morning traffic.
"When I finally got on Kamehameha, I thought, 'Oh my god, what is going on.' I thought maybe it was from the traffic or accident, but once I got here and saw all the lanes were going into one, I thought it was crazy," said Jennifer Wilson, a morning commuter.
A Board of Water Supply trouble shooter arrived and shut the water off at 6 a.m., allowing one eastbound lane to finally reopen.
Police say the center and right side of the highway are damaged so two lanes had to remain closed because they were not sure about the integrity of the road.
The two-lane closure was between Lipoa Place and Pali Momi Street. That left five businesses without water; one was McDonalds. Hungry customers kept pulling in, only to turn around and leave disappointed and still hungry. Other people going to the Pearl Kai shopping center had their own issues.
"Tomorrow is my daughter's wedding in the morning – like 10 o'clock. Then my hairdresser said, 'Oh, you can't do it now because no water.' So I thought, 'Oh no! Are you serious,'" said Maria Mansfield, a customer.
At firestone, another concern appeared.
"The water was shut off. So, can't drink any water. Customers can't use the restrooms right now," said Firestone Service manager Luis Garrido.
Cuu Long was the only restaurant still open at the Pearl Kai shopping center with pho broth ready.
"Luckily I came early, so I had some water to cook the main soup first," said Thomas Anderson of Cuu Long.
The Board of Water Supply pitched in with a portable water wagon and then got the water back on by 9:15 a.m.