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DOT closes Waikiki-bound lane of Ala Moana Boulevard to move barricades

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:30 p.m. HST, Nov 8, 2011

The state Department of Transportation closed one of three lanes of Waikiki-bound traffic along Ala Moana Boulevard tonight and Wednesday night for 12 hours to move security barricades at the request of the U.S. Secret Service.

The far-right lane of Ala Moana Boulevard will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. tonight and Wednesday night from Ward Avenue to Kalakaua Avenue, DOT spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said today.

DOT officials were told to move barriers and equipment from Fisherman's Wharf into Waikiki for use in security and traffic control during the APEC conference.

Only city buses and emergency vehicles will be allowed through the closed lane.

Late last week DOT officials were told they have to move the concrete barriers from Fishermen's Wharf on the makai end of Ward Avenue, Meisenzahl said.

"We're at the whim of the security measures for APEC," Meisenzahl said. "We have to put these concrete barriers where the Secret Service says to put them."

Motorists are advised to use King Street as an alternate route past the closure area and to anticipate delays.

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