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H-1 reopens, but more closures expected tonight and Monday

By Star-Advertiser staff

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Police closed the entire H-1 Freeway in the Koko Head direction and other roads from Ko Olina to Waikiki for about 20-minutes at about 4:45 p.m. as world leaders in their motorcades made their way back to Waikiki from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders summit meeting at the Marriott hotel in Ko Olina.

 

More freeway and road closures are expected tonight and Monday morning as other leaders make their way back to Waikiki or travel to the airport to leave town.

 

The city is asking motorists to be patients and to plan for delays as the dignitaries travel on Honolulu roads.

 

The closures also involve freeway overpasses, underpasses, onramps and other surface streets leading to and from the freeway into Waikiki.

 

Traffic backed up along the H-1 Freeway corridor between Ko Olina and East Oahu this morning as police closed the freeway for more than an hour as motorcades carrying world leaders traveled to the summit meeting at the Marriott hotel in Ko Olina.

 

Police and the Secret Service closed westbound lanes of the freeway from about 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. as the leaders traveled from their hotels in Waikiki and Kahala to the Marriott in Ko Olina, said John M. Cummings III, a spokesman for the city's Department of Emergency Management.

 

The shutdown rippled out to areas well beyond H-1 as feeder roads to the freeway were also closed.

 

Officials say they don't expect "hard closures" like this morning for the rest of the evening.

 

Some of the leaders, including President Barack Obama, have press conferences and other meetings scheduled until later in the afternoon.

 

The Secret Service closes the roadways when Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are traveling. But it's not clear if they will shut down the freeway for other leaders.

 

The closures will also occur as leaders return to the airport Monday morning sometime between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. President Obama also has a fundraiser scheduled Monday morning at Ko Olina at 9 a.m.

 

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is expected to leave sometime today, while China's Hu Jintao is scheduled to leave Monday and President Obama on Tuesday.

 

Meanwhile, barriers are being taken down and should be removed by early Monday morning on Ala Moana Boulevard, Saratoga Road, Kalakaua Avenue, Lewers Street and Kalia Road.

 

However, several check points along Ala Moana between Holomoana and Kahanamoku Streets and Hobron Lane will remain until Sunday evening when delegations leave Waikiki.

 

When those security check points are removed, all bus routes will return to normal, according to the city Department of Transportation Services.

 

"We're expecting all to be normal Monday morning in this area," said U.S. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien. "We want to create that flow. We want to give Waikiki back to its residents."

 

Security checkpoints are up today until sometime tonight around the Marriott hotel in Ko Olina, where the leaders are meeting. Access to the security zone around the hotel is restricted to residents, owners and employees of local businesses. Government identification, such as a drivers license or passport, is required for motorists and pedestrians to get access to the area.

 

Traffic is also restricted on the Waianae Ko Olina Exit ramp from Farrington Highway. APEC security has also resulted in the closure of the Waimanalo Gulch landfill and city convenience centers today.

 

All refuse facilities return to their normal hours Monday, said Markus Owens, spokesman for the city's Department of Environmental Services. Bulky item pickup was postponed on Saturday in Waikiki, and will be picked up Tuesday.

 

State Department of Transportation spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said airport traffic has been slow during APEC — the slowest in the past six weeks — and shouldn't affect travel over the next few days as foreign delegations leave the islands.

 

"None of (the major delegations) go through the main terminal so none of them will have an impact on you unless you get caught in a motorcade," he said. "I imagine by Tuesday everything will be back to normal."

 

Parking restrictions on Olani Street, Aliinui Drive, Koio Drive and Kamoana Place are in effect and bus service is still being rerouted in the area.

 

Parts of Kalakaua Avenue reopened to traffic at about midnight last night as city crews removed concrete barriers in place around the Hale Koa hotel security zone.

 

Security restrictions also remain in effect for the area around the Hawai'i Convention Center, but Kapiolani Boulevard and Atkinson Drive are open to traffic, except for the barriers immediately around the building.

 

It's also safe to go to the beach in Waikiki. The beach in front of Fort DeRussy has also been reopened after last night's luau for world leaders.

 






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Anonymous wrote:
Does anyone know what time this afternoon they will be closing the freeway?
on November 13,2011 | 06:17AM
false wrote:
We can fix these planners by just not going back to shopping as usual. We can forget Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping and just cut back to travel to what's necessary for work. Lets be invisible in this town. Take our money out of town. Don't show up for the Christmas parade or Christmas Tree lighting or any other political event. They didn't need us for this one. They don't need us for the next one.
on November 13,2011 | 02:18PM
Bothrops wrote:
well if it wouldn't hurt local shop owners and salespeople, I'd agree. Meanwhile I hope no one is voting for Carlisle or Mufi next time. They were the geniuses behind this. Imagine the campaign ads with Mufi's face, and behind it a checkpoint with backed up cars. "Progress in Hawaii" or Carlisle: "I'll put the bananas back in the republic!". And what state deficit? The unions should ask for anything they want as the money will otherwise be wasted on future APECs (either way the taxpayer will get it in the shorts).
on November 13,2011 | 02:39PM
Beezlebufo wrote:
Eek!
on November 13,2011 | 06:19AM
Anonymous wrote:
Citations for expired Safety checks, registrations, drivers license and insurance could have been issued at checkpoints to generate revenue for the State to offset the Overtime being paid to HPD...
on November 13,2011 | 06:27AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
What a complete wate of resources. These diginataries need to be transported in tinted unmarked cars and unannounced. Why draw attention to them during their commute? HPD and the State Department are being reckless by putting these people at risk and by wasting taxpayer dollars. They also make us look like one of those third world countries straight out of a Tom Clancy novel.
on November 13,2011 | 06:50AM
hukihei wrote:
The US in the Pacific had its signature moment in 1893 with the forcible removal of Hawaii's head of state. We have not come far from then.
on November 13,2011 | 07:04AM
Fred01 wrote:
blah blah blah...
on November 13,2011 | 01:48PM
allie wrote:
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on November 13,2011 | 07:56AM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
You get what you vote for!!
on November 13,2011 | 08:11AM
allie wrote:
They forgot to tell you that Nimitz is closed. Cars backed up for miles and people are walking.
on November 13,2011 | 08:05AM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Does anyone know why pedestrians aren't allowed to cross over freeway overpasses during the closure of the H-1? At least pedestrians who choose to cross can be closely monitored by HPD and military personnel. Just think--if a pedestrian was intent on doing something stupid--there are long stretches of freeway between freeway overpasses where this pedestrian has access to.
on November 13,2011 | 09:06AM
eyoshida wrote:
I wonder what would have happened if an ambulance needed to get through during these shutdowns. All the surface streets that crossed over/under the freeway were also closed. If you were in Waikele, Makakilo, areas that are surrounded by the freeways, they'd probably just let you die.
on November 13,2011 | 09:19AM
Locokane wrote:
Agree with you that the APEC Security is RIDUCULOUS. I was in Pearl City for hours trying to go under an H1 Overpass. The National Guardsman and Police wouldn't let anyone including old pedestrians walk under. An old man next to me in T-shirt and shorts and proper gov't i.d. told them he had to take his morning Meds, but wasn't allowed to pass unless he was in an ambulance! Meanwhile, as we waited for the APEC caravan to pass (who knows when) the H1 going west was loaded with Matson container trucks, Handi Van vehicles and lots of other vehicles driving still. What happened to our world's best secured telcommunication system where those involved know when things need to be shutdown? As my mother use to say, COMMON SENSE isn't COMMONLY PRACTICED!
on November 13,2011 | 09:43AM
Locokane wrote:
Agree with you that the APEC Security is RIDUCULOUS. I was in Pearl City for hours trying to go under an H1 Overpass. The National Guardsman and Police wouldn't let anyone including old pedestrians walk under. An old man next to me in T-shirt and shorts and proper gov't i.d. told them he had to take his morning Meds, but wasn't allowed to pass unless he was in an ambulance! Meanwhile, as we waited for the APEC caravan to pass (who knows when) the H1 going west was loaded with Matson container trucks, Handi Van vehicles and lots of other vehicles driving still. What happened to our world's best secured telcommunication system where those involved know when things need to be shutdown? As my mother use to say, COMMON SENSE isn't COMMONLY PRACTICED!
on November 13,2011 | 09:43AM
PCWarrior wrote:
We've made prisoners of our own people with this ridiculous APEC BS.
on November 13,2011 | 09:24AM
mcc wrote:
Why don't they stay out there?
on November 13,2011 | 10:02AM
Vivgie wrote:
Just like martial law.
on November 13,2011 | 10:16AM
Canefire wrote:
I was stopped for about an hour this moring from crossing Punchbowl St on foot. Mayor Carlisle happend to stopped by and commented to the soliders how great a job they were doing.
on November 13,2011 | 10:21AM
HD36 wrote:
Keep paying your taxes and bow down in when I come to your town.
on November 13,2011 | 10:47AM
BRock wrote:
crybabies, all.
on November 13,2011 | 11:57AM
kispest wrote:
Here is something positive about Apec. Ala Moana Beack Park was never so clean. The water was never so clean. No boom-boxes to listen.No paddle boarders in the water to look out for. No smell or smoke of BBQ chicken at 8 AM. Everything else the way residents were treated was discusting.
on November 13,2011 | 11:59AM
eyoshida wrote:
Okay, I just saw pics. They're all in an enclosed room with no windows at a big table. So, they HAD to have this meeting all the way at Ko Olina and shutdown the freeways and roads twice, for what reason? They don't have a big enough room in Waikiki? They should just put them in a big bunker in the middle of a military base. This is a business meeting, forget about the atmosphere.
on November 13,2011 | 12:07PM
Nuuanu968 wrote:
I am very weary of politicians telling us like children to stay off our roads and out of our park while the important people are here. I accept a road closure when a dignitary rolls through but why was I kept waiting at Queen and Punchbowl for almost 20 minutes AFTER the last official car went by? And why couldn't we cross the intersection during the long gaps between caravans? Does any other major city in the nation also shut itself down in similar circumstances? Why did they have to go to Ko Olina at all? Isn't tying up Waikiki enough? What is the benefit to Honolulu of all this? Small businesses have closed rather than attempt to stay open; employees have been laid off; major stores are empty; and residents have been royally inconvenienced. All so our politicians can play at being on the world stage? And what's the message to the world? "If your conference is big enough, we'll put the locals in lock-down for your convenience?"
on November 13,2011 | 12:42PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Obama pack up and proceed to Australia and Indonesia on your paid vacation at the expense of tax payers. Better yet just stay off American soil the country will be better for it.
on November 13,2011 | 01:09PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Why didn't we just transport the dignitaries using the military helicopters and then transport them from the golf course or some other open area? We have so many military helicopters on base and they have the capacity of carrying a lot of people. Oh, let me guess, that would have been too easy. And that would mean less overtime monies for the police officers.
on November 13,2011 | 01:31PM
TeamVision wrote:
I think a helicopter should have landed on the lawn of Hilton and taken all the dignitaries via air.
on November 13,2011 | 04:08PM
Beezlebufo wrote:
Gee a new tradition is started; trust no one in black suit. Imagine the super gridlock Sunday as even surfce roads are affected by APEC------ Imagine the mess on Monday!?!
on November 13,2011 | 05:20PM
Mach2 wrote:
wow... this paper continues to lower the bar every day: "The city is asking motorists to be patients and to plan for delays as the dignitaries travel on Honolulu roads." ha ha ha ha..........'be patients' indeed
on November 13,2011 | 09:12PM
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