KAPAA — Road work on Olohena Road was ahead of schedule this week.
The Public Works Division closed down portions of the road to trim large albizia trees, according to a release from the Department of Public Works.
In order to complete the project, which took place from the Ka’apuni Road junction to Waipouli road, Olohena Road was closed into two phases, said Alden Alayvilla, county spokesman.
The first section, which began on Tuesday, was consisted of clearing albizia trees on the east side of Hauiki Street, was originally scheduled to take two days, but was completed on the first day, which was on Aug. 8.
“Although the county was hopeful our road crew could finish the first portion of the project in one day, we provided a two-day timeline to allow our crew ample time to complete their work safely for the most critical portion of the project,” Alayvilla said.
As of Wednesday morning, the road, from Ka’apuni to Hauiki roads was open. However, between Hauiki and Waipouli roads was still closed.
The second phase began on Aug. 10, and is expected to be completed on Aug. 18. Work will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 4 p.m.
During that time, traffic will be detoured onto Waipouli and Hauiki roads.
But the Department of Public Works does not expect to be finished with that phase early, Alayvilla said.
“That doesn’t necessarily affect the timing of the second section of work — between Hauiki and Waipouli,” he said.