Neighborhood News

Wednesday - February 04, 2009
By MidWeek Staff
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After more than a month long closure, the section of Kunia Road between Lyman Road and the entrance to Kunia Tunnel has been reopened to motorists. The half-mile stretch of highway was closed in both directions on Dec. 20 for emergency roadwork to repair erosion damage caused by a broken water main.

Contractor Goodfellow Brothers Inc. used approximately 6,000 tons of replacement soil materials to reconstruct the road’s foundation. By using material from the DOT’s North-South Road construction project in Makakilo, project costs were held to $1.3 million.

Intermittent single-lane closures will be scheduled in the area for additional drainage and guardrail improvements.

* As of Jan. 27, work on the westbound lane of the H-1 Freeway Salt Lake Viaduct is scheduled between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday through Sunday.

Last month, one lane of the viaduct was shut down to repair a large hole in the bridge deck. A study revealed damage to portions of the viaduct, and state engineers determined that repairs were necessary to protect against possible future damage that would lead to additional repair costs or pose a danger to motorists.

Repairs are expected to take 10 weeks, weather-permitting, during which time three of the five lanes beginning at the airport off-ramp to the end of the viaduct will be closed to traffic. The speed limit also will be lowered to 15 mph during construction hours, so motorists are advised to drive with caution in the work area, allow for extra travel time or use alternative routes such as the H-201 Moanalua Freeway and Kamehameha Highway.

* Honolulu Fire Department investigators have completed their study of the Jan. 16 fire in Waipahu and have classified the blaze as incendiary. Results of the investigation have been referred to Honolulu Police Department arson investigators.

The fire is estimated to have started at approximately 7:45 p.m. at 94-939 Kahuailani St. It destroyed the one-story vacant building previously used as a medical clinic and caused minor damage to the Del Rosario Medical Clinic, located immediately behind.

Residents of an adult-care home next to the property had evacuated the building and were able to return home around 8:30 p.m. No one was injured.

No damage was estimated to the 94-939 Kahuailani St. building, since a fire had previously burned the same structure on June 4, 2006. The damage from that fire was estimated to be $200,000, and the cause was classified as undetermined.

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