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APEC closures begin; no Kapiolani Boulevard contra-flow today

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:00 p.m. HST, Nov 7, 2011

Police have started closing parking lots and sidewalks and restricting access to roads in advance of this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, with the major intersections around the Hawaii Convention Center scheduled for closure Tuesday morning.

The City Department of Transportation Services will suspend contra-flow coning on Kapiolani Boulevard and adjacent streets at 3:30 p.m. today through the end of the week. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and expect delays. Normal contra-flow will resume Monday morning.

On Sunday, police closed the Magic Island parking lot and the ewa half of Ala Moana Park to civilian vehicle traffic through Nov. 14. Parking areas at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor also closed.

At midnight, Ala Wai Community Park, including the community center, parking lot, restrooms, canoe hale and areas up to the baseball field fence closed to the public through Nov. 14. Also closed is the Ala Wai Golf Course Diamond Head Ballroom.

Kapiolani Regional Park parking lots and the ewa end of the park have been closed since Oct. 31.

Access to Kahakai Drive and the neighborhood on the makai side of the Hawai’i Convention Center is restricted to residents through a private lane.

Police also blocked off sidewalks and crosswalks around the convention center. Garbage collection in the area may also be affected.

Also beginning today and running 24 hours through Sunday, there is no parking on:

° Kaheka Drive, both sides, entire length.

° Kapiolani Boulevard, both sides, from Kaheka Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

° Kalauokalani Way, both sides, from Makaloa Street to Kapiolani.

On Tuesday, Kapiolani Boulevard and Atkinson Drive around the Hawai’i Convention Center will be closed from about 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lanes closest to the convention center on Atkinson Drive and Kalakaua Avenue will also be closed, with traffic contra-flowed or diverted to the remaining lanes.

Bus service in the area is also affected.

Also beginning Tuesday and running 24 hours through Sunday, there is no parking on:

° Atkinson Drive, south (Koko Head) side only, from Ala Moana to Kapiolani.

° Hobron Lane, north (Ewa) side only, from Kaioo Drive to Ala Moana.

° Hilton Hawaiian Lagoon parking lot.

° Koa Avenue. makai side, 100 feet west (Ewa) of Uluniu Avenue.

° Ohua Avenue, west (Ewa) side, makai of Kuhio Avenue.

° Beachwalk, both sides.

Parking will be restricted from 6 a.m. through 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday on: 

° Kaheka Street, south (Koko Head) side, from Kapiolani to South King.

° Makaloa Street, both sides, from Kalakaua to Sheridan Street.

° McCully Street, both sides, from South King to Kalakaua.

State Department officials said there will be intermittent closures of other intersections in the vicinity of the Hawai’i Convention Center that may affect vehicle and pedestrian traffic temporarily.

The leaders of 21 countries, including President Obama, will arrive in Honolulu this week for the meetings. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and their counterparts will also be in town for meetings.

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