Construction that will impact parking is set to begin at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Starting August 20, the state Department of Transportation will be shutting off access to the seventh floor (roof) of the Terminal 1 parking garage, also known as the inter-island parking garage.
Workers will install a carport and 4200 solar panels to the roof. Transportation officials say will save the airport 600 million dollars in electricity costs over 20 years.
“This project is not only good for the environment, it’s going to save us money in electrical costs. But it’s also going to provide shade for everybody on the roof, once it’s completed,” said Tim Sakahara, spokesman for the state’s Department of Transportation.
The construction will impact 344 parking stalls in a garage that travelers say is notorious for filling up fast.
“It’s just a hassle. It’s crowded. It’s just too much,” said Kalihi Valley resident Debora Paita.
“You have to go around and around. You have to get to the airport. They say if you’re going inter-island, give yourself two hours or for the mainland, 4 hours. So you would have to add an extra hour for that,” said Debbie Shibata, who travels frequently from Maui to Oahu.
Sakahara says construction will last approximately three months. The work is expected to end by November 16.
“It’s the end of the summer season, plus the work is going to end before the Thanksgiving holiday. So really it’s the best time, in terms of impact to the public,” explained Sakahara.
“If they still want to come into the Terminal 1 parking garage and it’s full, there is a bridge that goes across to the international parking garage. Which opens up to 1800 stalls. And overall, it’s the least busy,” he added.