HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Overcast skies and a city construction warning caused many to steer clear of Lanikai on Sunday. But traffic in and out of the area was still slow.
On Sunday morning, there was a slow moving line of vehicles leaving Lanikai. It’s the trade-off for beachgoers who can’t resist the neighborhood that city officials warned people to stay away from.
Companies say the situation is affecting their results.
Buzz’s Steakhouse manager Sarah Baptist says that since the start of the new year they have had nearly 40 cancellations.
“We’ve definitely had a lot of people calling to cancel reservations because people don’t want to go through the hassle of going through traffic,” Baptist said.
Ongoing construction of a roundabout is expected to take about two years as the city adds drainage, gutters, curbs, walkways and crossings.
Kalapawai market workers have a view from the front seat.
“It’s been pretty crazy,” said Allison Bohnhoff, a barista at Kalapawai Market. “Usually there’s a good buildup all over the street, and the traffic is crazy and it’s backed up and a lot of people don’t know where to go.”
At this time, the city is rerouting outbound traffic from Lanikai through Kailua Beach Park.
Officials say departure delays from Lanikai can be up to 40 minutes. But Jon Nouchi, deputy director of the city’s Transportation Department, said they plan to change the route this week.
“We are now finishing that phase this Tuesday with an asphalt pour that will allow us to repaint the roadway and open the roadway for the next phase of construction of phase two,” Nouchi said.
“Hopefully it clears things up a bit more and makes things work a little better,” Bohnhoff added. “And we’re crossing our fingers for that.”
The city said parking will be restricted on Lanikai between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. through Tuesday.
Parking at Kailua Beach is also limited.
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