Kapolei To Pearl Harbor Bike Path Now Under Construction
Kapolei cyclists can bike to Pearl Harbor now — but must take an improvised path that requires minor trespassing. This route will be safer, and more direct.
Imagine the possibilities:
- An invigorating 20-mile round trip ride to start the day, or
- A leisurely pedal to Pearl Harbor, then spending the day exploring the historic site, just a short walk away, or
- Cycling the full path before a concert or UH football game, then taking the light rail back.
Once complete, the full 5 mile path from Phillippine Sea Road to Waipahu Depot Street will connect with the 5.8 mile Pearl Harbor Historic Trail, which ends just makai of Aloha Stadium.
The new construction is taking place on abandoned Oahu Railroad & Land Company tracks, on both sides of the existing 2 mile West Loch Bike Path.
One new segment will start at Phillippine Sea Road in Kapolei, right next to the Hawaiian Railway Museum. The 2 mile long segment will go to the southwest end of the West Loch Bike Path.
The other new segment will start at Waipahu Depot St., approximately ¼ mile makai of Farrington Hwy. This 1.3 mile long segment will go to the northeast end of the West Loch Bike Path.
Other than simply laying down asphalt, the project includes:
- Replacement of two historic railroad bridges, Kapakahi and
- Improvements to storm drain near Kapolei Parkway
- Relocation of utility lines and poles
- Construction of retaining walls
- Relocation and replacement of existing fencing
- Installation of bollards, signage and striping
According to the Hawaii Bicycling League, construction is underway, dealing with utility issues first. The next step will be rebuilding the railroad bridges, and then lay down the path. The expected completion date is spring 2021.