By Ms. Lacey Justinger (USAG Hawaii)June 10, 2013
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii (June 7, 2013) -- If you've lived in Hawaii longer than a week, you're well aware that U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii installations have been experiencing a whirlwind of road construction, closures and detours.
Accessible roads very from week to week, and even the most patient of drivers have experienced some frustration with the delays and detours.
Many of the projects that USAG-HI Soldiers, civilians and families are currently experiencing day to day have been in the planning process for years, as Congressional and Department of the Army funding has been approved and allocated for these projects as part of a plan to modernize installation infrastructure.
The Macomb Roundabout project and its subsequent road closures and detours caused a lot of confusion in the early months of 2013.
Roundabouts are a standard traffic solution that improves safety and traffic flow efficiency, said Dean Miyamoto, Engineering Branch, Directorate of Public Works, USAG-HI.
"The Macomb roundabout project was based on a traffic study in January 2005," Miyamoto said. "Based on the assessment, the roundabout was developed to help with improving traffic flow and improve safety at the Waianae, Macomb and Flagler intersection."
This project is on track and scheduled to be complete by the end of July 2013. The road will be paved and temporary lighting installed to assist with egress traffic after the July 4 festivities conclude.
Drivers are reminded to obey the speed limit through the surrounding housing areas. These smaller streets are already congested with parked vehicles, and cars entering and exiting driveways, making it hard to see pedestrians and children at play.
When the roundabout is complete, remember to yield to traffic already in the circle as they have the right of way over those entering the circle and to turn right to both exit and enter the roundabout.
Wheeler Army Airfield
Ongoing road construction at WAAF is conducted in phases to provide and improve 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, facilities and infrastructure. Projects include electrical systems for power and communications, water systems for irrigation and sewer, grading, drainage, roadways, fuel systems and erosion control.
The long-term project also includes renovation of a remote switch center, which builds information systems and relocates an aviation refueling point with access taxiways, according to Tyler Miyamoto with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District (USACE-HD).
Future WAAF construction will close lanes on Airdrome and Lauhala roads, with a lane closure on Wright Avenue scheduled to begin June 10 and continue for a month.
Current work on WAAF includes these:
•Old Kamehameha Road closure is scheduled to reopen in July before the start of the new school year; and
•Latchum Road is a multiyear closure through May 2015.
U.S. Army-Pacific's Command and Control facility, or C2F, will consolidate 12 separate pre-World War II buildings and temporary trailers into an operational headquarters, said Gerald Young, USACE-HD. This multiyear, multiphase project, which started in 2012, already has or will impact every portion of Fort Shafter to connect new utilities, electrical and telecommunication lines.
"Per the contractor's current work plan, they are scheduled to finish all road work around Fort Shafter -- outside of the main C2F jobsite -- by June 2014," Young said.
This current schedule includes the following:
•Warner Road closures are scheduled through June 28;
•Austin (Macomb) Road closures continue through July 6;
•Arty Hill Road closures continue through July 26;
•Arsenal Road closures continue in sections through Aug. 2; and
•Palm Circle Drive work will continue in sections Aug. 6-March 3, 2014.
(Editor's note: All dates in this article are estimated and subject to weather and construction delays.)