Major roadwork in Honolulu to beginUPDATED 6:49 AM HST Sep 04, 2014Video Transcript
tie-ups in town. A number of Honolulu road projects have been given the green light to start -- which means drivers will be putting on the brakes for months to come. KITV 's Paul Drewes is live with the details. Work here along Beretania street will start on Monday, just one of three taking place next week on Honolulu's roads. But the one here will last the longest and involve the most work -- which means it will also create the most traffic. 15-20 55-101 119-124 Potholes and uneven lanes will disappear on Beretania Street when the 14 month project is finally completed. Before that happens, some businesses along this busy Honolulu street worry customers will also disappear. Douglas ayano - store manager colortyme 10:30-10:42 "we will probably lost quite a bit of business because of the slowdown. Foot traffic is already not good and it will do more harm than good because more people will avoid the area." This project is a major makeover. A full-depth reconstruction. Which 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. 30:05-30:15 "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 ok, and it won't put me out of business" While businesses will feel the pain, many bicyclists hope the improvements, including the addition of a dedicated bike lane or sharrows along the way - will keep them from painful collisions with cars. william@15:36 "you never know when you are going to run into someone or make a wrong turn and hit a car" william@15:20 "I think it will be a great idea, I think they should have done it a long time ago" 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. So expect lane closures there. 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. But until that happens, expect more slowdowns. That Work is expected to be finished by christmas. Construction on this Beretania Street project will start at the university end and work toward Alapai street. Because of the work here, along with King street and Waimanu, it will mean other major thoroughfares including kapiolani and ala moana boulevards will be extra busy until the end of the year. Reporting live, Paul Drewes KITV 4 news.