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Accidents and road work back up freeway traffic

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:59 a.m. HST, Mar 19, 2013

Road work, several accidents and stalled cars backed up traffic on the H-1 Freeway for much of the morning.

The state Department of Transportation scheduled emergency repair work on Ewa-bound lanes Monday from 9 a.m.until 1:30 p.m between the Lunalilo Street off-ramp and the School Street on-ramp.

There were also accidents reported on the Moanalua Freeway in the town-bound direction at 11 a.m.; on the H-1 Freeway in the Ewa direction near Houghtailing at 10:43 a.m. and near the Vineyard off-ramp at 10:38 a.m.; and on the H-1 Freeway town-bound near the Waimalu off-ramp at 10:20 a.m.

In addition, a fatal traffic accident under the H-1 viaduct closed Nimitz/Kamehameha Highway from about  4 a.m. until 8 a.m. while police investigated the crash.

Surface streets were also clogged as cars got off the freeway to avoid the traffic jams there, only to be caught in more traffic on city roads.

The state Department of Transportation had hoped that traffic would be lighter this week while public schools are on spring break, spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter said.

Some repair projects will continue for the rest of the week during daylight hours.

Lanes are also closed on the Nimitz Highway in both directions from Sand Island Access Road and Waikamilo Road for utility repairs. The Nimitz project continues from 9 a.m.until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until April. Sluyter said the work on Nimitz Highway involves traffic signal modifications and trenching in some areas.

Sluyter recommends that motorists check the department’s website -- hidot.hawaii.gov -- clicking on “road work.” The link gives motorists information on lane closures on all islands. The website is updated weekly, she said.

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NanakuliBoss wrote:
That's nothing compared to the night closures of H1 west bound in Pearl City. Hurry up rail.
on March 18,2013 | 01:02PM
atilter wrote:
it's all being done to perpetuate the "need" for the rail in the public sentiment. it could have been planned by spreading out the work schedule to minimize the affect on existing traffic very easily. but that would not help the hidden, ulterior motive/agenda would it?! it's all a well orchestrated scheme of wide-spread collusion to further heighten the perceived "need" for the rail by the general public. the road re-surfacing plan and funding was obviously delayed on purpose to heighten the theatrical affect by increasing the public's discomfort and dis-satisfaction. then put into place this mad-dash, maniacal, helter-skelter re-surfacing schedule to further hieghten public discomfort. putting into place a more economical, sensible, and deliberate pace would be more effective - for everyone. we the voting public deserve what we are getting - we keep electing incompetents into office over and over!!! aaaah, masochistic tendencies pervade our society due to pure ignorance by the majority.
on March 18,2013 | 03:07PM
allie wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 01:13PM
RichardCory wrote:
Does anyone even know what roadwork those guys have been doing on Nimitz? It's taking forever.
on March 18,2013 | 01:15PM
olos73 wrote:
Why not do the work at night like how they did the Ward/Punahou widening in both directions?
on March 18,2013 | 01:38PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
That's why we need another freeway that goes the length of the island. You can join the the freeways with on and off ramps,but don't do bonehead things like making two freeways merging into each other. We need a true alternate route for drivers.
on March 18,2013 | 02:03PM
Paulee wrote:
Why can't they do the road work at nights? I don't understand...
on March 18,2013 | 02:03PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Doesn't night work involve higher hourly wages? I know in many professions you do get paid extra to work the night shift. Also, is there such a thing as hazard pay for those DOT guys, working on the freeway at night? That second question wasn't a troll, I'm genuinely curious.
on March 18,2013 | 02:15PM
Allenk wrote:
Yes, I believe that night work does pay extra. I have no knowledge of hazard pay. I have noticed, however, that there has not been that much night time road construction work at least on the side roads.
on March 18,2013 | 03:06PM
Fred01 wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 02:37PM
alfhawaii wrote:
Its spring break so other than night work, this would be the logical time to schedule the work.
on March 18,2013 | 02:58PM
RichardCory wrote:
This work has been going on for the past month, if not longer. It has nothing to do with Spring Break.
on March 18,2013 | 03:45PM
kiragirl wrote:
And that's the problem. It takes forever to complete any project in half the time.
on March 19,2013 | 04:29AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Once rail construction starts, this is going to be an every day event.
on March 18,2013 | 02:47PM
false wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 03:37PM
bumbye wrote:
Good! They're fixing that "sinkhole" near the School St. onramp.
on March 18,2013 | 05:23PM
steve76 wrote:
Every year , its the same thing at spring break ... the folks at DOT don't get it ? when schools out ,, there are more people on vacation .and on the road .. of course ,,, we all stay home right ,,,, ( wrong !!)
on March 19,2013 | 05:23AM
hanabatadayz wrote:
i find this funny because people complain that they don't fix the roads but when they do fix the roads people still complain..too many complainers
on March 19,2013 | 05:27AM
screaming_banshee wrote:
I hear ya! They work at night - people complain about noise and goverment overspending due to overtime. They work during day - people complain about traffic. They do it during school time - people complain why they do it during busy time. They do it during school break - people complain why they do it during busy time. No time is a good time. So when, people?
on March 19,2013 | 09:30AM
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