FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 2, 2006
BEACHWALK BYPASS WILL AFFECT ALA WAI,
ALA MOANA TRAFFIC
The City today announced two traffic measures as part of the Beachwalk Wastewater Emergency Bypass project.
Starting Wednesday, July 5, the Diamond Head entrance to Ala Moana Beach Park will have a temporary detour and possible closures over the next 30 days. This is the entrance directly across from Atkinson Drive.
Contractors will be grouting and then trenching the road just inside the park entrance to connect an emergency 42-inch wastewater pipe to the existing wastewater system.
Also starting July 5, a five-block stretch of Ala Wai Boulevard will be affected for an estimated six months by standby pumps that will be placed along the canalís makai bank. Six pumps will be placed along the canal and, in an emergency, will divert wastewater from aging pipes to the new bypass pipe being constructed.
Signs will go up this Monday, July 3, warning motorists that Ala Wai Boulevard between Lewers and Walina streets will be off limits to on-street parking starting the morning of Wednesday, July 5. Cars parked along that stretch starting Wednesday morning will be towed.
Pedestrians on that five-block stretch will be rerouted to the makai side of Ala Wai Boulevard. The existing bikepath on the five-block stretch will also have to be temporarily shut down.
The City regrets the inconveniences and asks for the publicís patience. The $20 million emergency bypass is a vital step toward preventing a recurrence of the spill that followed the March 24 break in the existing Beachwalk force main.
The traffic measures come as the most visible sign of the bypass project makes its way down the Ala Wai Canal. The 42-inch High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe has been run under McCully Bridge. As of Friday (June 30), contractors had laid 3,200 feet into the canal.
Workers are able to float between 200 and 250 feet of pipe a day. Each 50-foot length must be prepared and then welded together. Each piece must then be allowed to cool for over an hour before it is moved by crane into the canal.
The submerged portion of the emergency bypass pipe will eventually stretch some 5,000 feet. The pipe will be submerged and hooked up to the existing wastewater system in Ala Moana Park. From there, the wastewater is sent to the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Once the bypass line is finished, the second phase of the emergency project can begin. That involves microtunneling two 1,200-foot-long permanent lines under Kaiolu Street.
The City wants to have the entire project completed by Dec. 31, 2006, before the next rainy season.
A website with updated information is available at www.beachwalkbypass.com. There is also a hotline that is staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. That number is 808-203-5777.
Bill Brennan, Mayorís Office, 527-5767
Jim McCoy, HoĎakea Communications, 282-3440