I drove to Ewa Beach from my home in East Oahu last week and encountered something new - NO traffic!  At least not the normal kind. Why? Because the city and county is almost done widening Fort Weaver road, and now it is 3 lanes for almost all of it.

The first thing everyone says about real estate in Ewa Beach is that it takes too long to get there. The homes are newer, nicer, larger, and cheaper, but is it worth sitting in an hour of traffic each way? It is for many, and things are about to get much better.

When this road widening project is complete, the traffic should lighten up quite a bit. In theory it should be cut in about 1/3 or even 1/2. That could be huge for home sales and prices in Ewa Beach. Since traffic is the main thing keeping Ewa beach home prices down, residents there should be jumping for joy, not just for the traffic, but for their investments.

The alternatives to Ewa are Kapolei and Royal Kunia, both of which have higher prices primarily due to less traffic. I can't wait to see how it turns out. Based on how long it's taken them to complete what is currently, there, I would say they will be done by the end of the year.