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                Public Communications Division
                            Department of Customer Services                                                  
                            City & County of Honolulu
                            523-4385

                                                                                                                      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2002 

STREET CONSTRUCTION ON KING AND BERETANIA NEAR AALA PARK TO EXTEND FROM MARCH THROUGH JULY 

A paving project on a short stretch of Beretania and King Streets near Aala Park began on March 5, 2000, and is expected to be complete by July 1.  Royal Contracting is doing the work. The phased project involves removing existing pavement to install new concrete bus lanes and then repaving the width of the street segments involved.  Motorists are advised to use alternate routes if possible.   

Although work will take place around the clock, much of it will be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to minimize the impact on rush hour traffic.  Removal of construction debris is scheduled between 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.  Some lanes will be closed during those periods for work and used by construction equipment, but at least one lane will normally be open for traffic in each direction.  Message boards will advise drivers as lanes are opened and closed. 

The current phase involves a 218-foot portion of Beretania Street on the Pearl Harbor side of the park, and should be complete by mid-April.  The next phase will involve work on North King Street between Liliha and River, and should be done by the end of June. 

Each portion of the work will be phased to allow traffic to flow in the Ewa direction on Beretania Street from the Pearl Harbor end of Aala Park.  Work will begin on the mauka lanes of Beretania Street heading in the Ewa direction and, at various times, will affect each lane on Beretania Street.  During this period, left turn movements from N. King Street into Beretania Street will be intermittently restricted to allow the pouring of concrete. 

Current information about construction status can be found on the City’s web site: www.co.honolulu.hi.us/dts/usage/streetsmain.htm

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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