The Board of Water Supply is about to start on a major project that’s likely going to result in additional traffic and fewer parking spaces Pensacola Street. The year long project will run almost the entire length of Pensacola from Kinau Street on the mauka side, all the way down to Kapiolani Boulevard on the makai side.
According to the Board of Water Supply, the renewal of the Pensacola water system will improve fire protection, enhance water service to area residents and businesses, and reduce the likelihood of water main breaks.
The job calls for workers to replace approximately 2,300 feet of a 12-inch water main, and another 750 feet of eight inch pipes.
BWS officials say area residents residents and motorists should expect additional traffic delays, As well as restricted parking which is potentially bad news for area businesses.
“I hope it doesn’t go on too long in front of us” said John Kim of Auntie Pasto’s restaurant. “We’re already short on parking so, it has to be done, but hopefully won’t take too long.”
BWS officials says while they strive to keep prices stable, this was on the list o jobs that needed to be done. In the case of Pensacola, they say existing pipes were installed at various times over the years ranging from the 1970’s to as far back as the 1920’s.
Most of the work will be done from 8:30 am to 3:30 p.m. with possible evening closures.
Assuming all goes as planned, work should be completed in the first quarter of next year.