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MARCH 16, 2001

PUNCHBOWL STREET IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY

Motorists who are currently frustrated at the backlog of cars on Beretania Street heading mauka on Punchbowl Street will finally see some relief before the end of the year, according to the Department of Transportation Services which will implement its plan to make upper Punchbowl Street wider to handle two-way traffic.

The third phase of the Punchbowl Street Improvement project will add a mauka (mountain-bound) lane to Punchbowl from Vineyard Boulevard to Lusitania Street. This portion of the project was scheduled to begin March 19, with demolition of residential properties. Thereafter, crews will work on underground utility relocations and reconstruct a traffic island and traffic signals, before widening Punchbowl Street on the Diamond Head side to add an additional lane. Roadwork for this project will begin from 8:30 a.m. and continue through 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Design work was done by the Design and Construction Department which will also check the work of the contractors.

The widening of Punchbowl Street between Beretania Street and Vineyard Boulevard is nearing completion. The change will provide a right turn/straight lane at Vineyard and work to start soon will add a left turn, makai (ocean-bound) lane into the Queen's Medical Center. This portion of the project began January 16 and is scheduled for completed in June with work being done day and night.

Another phase of the four-phased project -- resurfacing of Punchbowl Street, construction of a traffic island at Beretania Street intersection and traffic signal improvements -- will begin next month and should be completed by summer. Work will impact motorists from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. weekdays.

The Department of Design and Construction will soon begin design work on a two- way conversion from Ala Moana Boulevard to King Street. The project is anticipated to be awarded to a contractor by the end of the year and will complete the Punchbowl Street improvements project.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002

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