Construction will close two lanes going through Chinatown

Published  10:30 PM HST Jul 20, 2013
HONOLULU -

Starting Monday, if you're headed through Chinatown you'll want to avoid King Street. Construction will shut down two lanes on the main road for about two months.

Many business owners on King Street are upset they say they heard about the start of construction just days ago. Some stores that are open now are planning on closing, and those with fruit stands right next to the road say it will be hard to keep their produce fresh.

"There will be a lot of dust and a lot of noise. It'll effect the business a lot," said Glenda Yu, who owns a fruit stand on King Street.  

"I think I will lose a lot of customers because there's not a lot of people who want to come down when there's construction," said Kenny Dang with K & S Jewelry.

Construction is being done to install what the city says are much-needed bus pads, and marked as a street in one of the worst conditions in Honolulu, King Street will be fully re-surfaced from River to Bethel St.

That means you won't see buses coming down that section of King Street. At least five bus stops will be re-rerouted to Hotel Street.

"People that use the bus like to come here and shop ... the older folks, it'll be harder for them," said Kirkland Chandler bus commuter.

"Instead of just repaving, we also went and did a full depth construction. We changed out the main sewer line, the water and the gas lines. Just all of the utilities in the corridor, so the businesses will be served for many years on new services. We are putting in concrete bus pads like we are doing across Honolulu to withstand the weight, stopping and acceleration of buses at bus stops," said Chris Takashige, director of Department of Design and Construction for Honolulu.

The entire project is expected to last through the end of the year. It is estimated to cost $5.5 million. To find details on the detour routes go to the "As Seen on Section" on KITV.com

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