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APEC motorcades to clog H-1 and Nimitz

Unannounced road closures will occur to accommodate arriving dignitaries

By Gregg K. Kakesako

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LAST UPDATED: 09:39 a.m. HST, Nov 10, 2011

Craig T. Kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.comPolice officers directed traffic Wednesday on Kalakaua Avenue near the Kapiolani Boulevard intersection. Coned lanes and barricades related to the APEC summit created increased congestion, but the city reported a smoother commute than on Tuesday.

Motorists can expect delays on the H-1 freeway and Nimitz Highway beginning today as world leaders begin to arrive for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and roads are closed for their motorcades.

Mayor Peter Carlisle, at his Tuesday APEC briefing at Honolulu Hale, said that because of security reasons authorities aren't allowed to announce in advance the times and the routes that the APEC dignitaries will take from Honolulu Airport or Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to their hotels in Waikiki or Ko Olina.

"If you plan to drive on Thursday morning, we strongly urge you to check with media or information sources prior to getting on the road," said city Transportation Services Director Wayne Y. Yoshioka. "The city continues to remind the public to please plan ahead."

Temporary closures to accommodate motorcades will affect traffic throughout the Veterans Day weekend.

The reception and dinner for the 21 APEC leaders will be held Saturday night at the Hale Koa.

DRIVING TIPS

» Avoid being on the road during peak traffic times today, if possible.

» If you need to be on the road, leave as early as possible.

» Take steps to prepare for a potential major delay.

» Make sure your vehicle is in good operating order.

» Be sensitive to other drivers and follow the instructions of law enforcement.

On Sunday, President Barack Obama will host the leaders at a reception at the JW Marriott Hawaii Hotel at Ko Olina.

There also will be a North American leaders summit hosted by Obama at the Marriott on Sunday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexico President Felipe Calderon expected to attend.

City Managing Director Doug Chin said the public and news media will be informed of road closures via the city's emergency email and text messaging system known as Nixle or via Twitter and Facebook.

The city's website, honolulu.gov, has instructions on how to sign up for the city's Facebook, Twitter and Nixle feeds.

Obama is expected to arrive Friday night at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. President Hu Jintao of China is expected to arrive early today and will be staying in Waikiki.

At Wednesday's news conference, city Director of Environmental Services Tim Steinberger said that bulk refuse pickup in Waikiki normally scheduled for Saturday will be postponed until Monday or Tuesday because of security and traffic concerns.

He advised residents not to put bulky refuse items on Waikiki sidewalks until Sunday night.

Ty Fukumitsu, chief of the city's Traffic Signals and Technology Division, said commuter traffic from Hawaii Kai on Wednesday — the second day that Kapiolani Boulevard and Atkinson Drive near the convention center was closed — was "very heavy." However, he said that commuters seemed to have adjusted their travel times after warnings from city officials that traffic would be barred from the area from 6 a.m. to about 7 p.m. because of APEC meetings there.

More vehicles are using Beretania Street and avoiding the Kapiolani Boulevard off-ramp, Fukumitsu said.

"But traffic is slower than normal," added Fukumitsu, who monitored the situation from the city's traffic management center. He said there have been fewer accidents on the H-1 Freeway and fewer stalled vehicles this week.

Waikiki buses will be detoured

Bus routes along Kalia and Saratoga roads are being detoured tonight because of preparations related to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings.

The roads will be closed to bus traffic today starting at about 7 p.m. and extending through 6 a.m. Friday, according to the city Department of Transportation Services. Buses were also detoured Wednesday night until 6 a.m. today.

Tonight, all bus stops along Kalia and Saratoga roads will be closed. Eastbound buses will enter Waikiki by continuing mauka of Kalia Road along Ala Moana Boulevard to Kalakaua and Kuhio avenues. Westbound buses leaving the Waikiki area will proceed along Kuhio to Kalakaua avenues, right onto Pau Street, left onto Ala Wai Boulevard, left onto Niu Street and return to Ala Moana Boulevard. 

Riders in the vicinity of Kalia Road should use regular and temporary bus stops on Ala Moana Boulevard.






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manakuke wrote:
So it begins.
on November 10,2011 | 04:26AM
false wrote:
It's worse now that they are doing vehicle searches to create more delays. Saving my dollars and not going anywhere beyond the country limits. Staying home and watching free movies. We have the best small town eateries. Not telling where because we don't want anyone coming out here to wine and dine on our local grinds, fried rice special, or chicken cutlet or chocolate cream pie. Secret places out of the limelight. No traffic and no road blocks. Keep all that crazy foreign celebration in Waikiki. Stay out of the local zones. Leave us some sanity. Staying off the roads and just enjoying the rain in the forest.
on November 11,2011 | 08:00AM
lokela wrote:
and nowhere to go.
on November 10,2011 | 04:47AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yesterday, I got into and out of Ala Moana Center easier than before. Amazing!
on November 10,2011 | 04:55AM
Sunny wrote:
You cannot plan ahead if they don't give you any idea when to stay off the roads! This is Rissian Roulette 101! Just do your best and pray you don't get caught on the road when the closures occur. Ridiculous!
on November 10,2011 | 06:17AM
Heinbear wrote:
I agree!
on November 10,2011 | 03:52PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Driving along close to downtown, all of a sudden-- boom! gridlock traffic! Radio feed: <>. Doh!
on November 10,2011 | 07:02AM
Anonymous wrote:
Driving along close to downtown, all of a sudden-- boom! gridlock traffic! Radio feed: . Doh!
on November 10,2011 | 07:03AM
Anonymous wrote:
Driving along close to downtown, all of a sudden-- boom! gridlock traffic! Radio feed: "crackle, crackle, uh yeah, we have president Hu Jintao who needs some manapua and dim sum before he heads to the convention center, we're locking down Chinatown and the surrounding five block radius". Doh!
on November 10,2011 | 07:03AM
gary360 wrote:
Another day in paradise.
on November 10,2011 | 07:52AM
olos73 wrote:
City officials say to check Honolulu.gov for updated tweets. The Chinese President landed and got into his motorcade to Waikiki on H1 and the tweet was still "Dignitary plane arriving soon, expect major road closures." This was 20 minutes AFTER he landed. Were they expecting another "Dignitary plane?" I don't think so. If that is considered up to date, I wonder what they mean by late? Since they went on H1 to Waikiki, they missed out on the million dollar beautification of Nimitz. Bozos in politics.
on November 10,2011 | 08:15AM
kispest wrote:
You are right, Bozos! Who in the hell voted for them? Not me, and never will.
on November 10,2011 | 09:51AM
menehunemimi wrote:
Honolulu.gov - website has a "Follow City on Facebook" drop-down list. None of the choices is APEC-related. I DO NOT want to get a Facebook notification every time the City F*rts
on November 10,2011 | 10:08AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Mayor Peter Carlisle said that because of security reasons authorities aren't allowed to announce in advance the times and the routes that the APEC dignitaries will take from Honolulu Airport or Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to their hotels in Waikiki or Ko Olina. Transportation Services Director Wayne Y. Yoshioka. "The city continues to remind the public to please plan ahead." Talk about being stuck on dumb. How can you plan ahead when the times and routes dignitaries will take remains secret? I planned ahead months ago. I planned not to be on Oahu during APEC and did just that. I got out of town on October 31st and I am submitting this comment from Japan. Have a nice day.
on November 10,2011 | 10:14AM
kispest wrote:
I wish that I had the time and money to get the hell out of here. I would be having a Kirin with you...instead of figuring out how I'm getting home from Sand Island to Kaimuki.
on November 10,2011 | 10:28AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
These "security types" really have no clue in regard to transporting people in a modern civilized city and are putting those they are paid to protect at risk. They should be putting these people in unmarked plain cars and discretely driving them to their hotels, simple as that.
on November 10,2011 | 11:38AM
mrluke wrote:
Sorry, it doesn't work that way. 'Unmarked plain cars" get stuck in traffic and are subject to other unexpected conditions. Do you really think that such high profile VIPs could not be noticed where they went after their arrival? Security would be a nightmare to coordinate. They need to be whisked away as quickly as possible, with their security details, on the most unimpaired route available.
on November 10,2011 | 06:06PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Fortunate this is a four-day work week. Anybody mention that? Am I an Albert Einstein like genius for thinking of that, or have the majority forgotten ELEVEN ELEVEN ELEVEN. Why is everybody making such a much to do about nothing, LOL ??
on November 10,2011 | 12:19PM
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