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More traffic back-ups expected on H-1 freeway

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:52 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2013

Traffic could back up in both directions on the H-1 freeway as crews close multiple lanes between Waiawa to Waimalu.

Work started Tuesday between 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Ewa direction as crews conducted viaduct deck survey work, backing up traffic at least a mile.

Two to three Ewa-bound lanes will be closed through Friday during those hours.

Work starts in the town direction Wednesday from between the H-1/H-2 merge and the Waiawa Road overpass from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Two lanes will also be closed during those hours Thursday.

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Fred01 wrote:
How dumb. Why can't they do this at night?
on June 18,2013 | 04:02PM
XlllX wrote:
It is Survey Work, meaning they need to see what to fix if done at night they would not be able to see damages. Repair work would probably happen at night. What we really need is another set of lanes above the existing ones
on June 18,2013 | 04:05PM
inverse wrote:
These surveyors don't have access to high powered lamps loaded onto a trailer with their power generator on this mobile platform that can be slowly moved along with the surveyors as they inspect the freeways? Your argument is like saying in Hawaii airplanes cannot land/take off at the Honolulu airport at night because pilots need the sun to illuminate the runway.
on June 19,2013 | 04:54AM
jtamura69 wrote:
The DOT, Dept of Traffic are people who don't have enough training. Just take a look at way they say the traffic signals are synchronized and the way they schedule the road work. Their job description is to create as much traffic as they can and to get as many people mad as they can.
on June 18,2013 | 04:35PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
it's working huh lol
on June 18,2013 | 09:12PM
96706 wrote:
It's because the superintendents and the head of the Dept of Transportation don't live on that side of the island!
on June 19,2013 | 07:56AM
yskeulb wrote:
We need to build a bridge!
on June 18,2013 | 04:20PM
kimo54 wrote:
Why would anyone want to spend their precious life time living in a paradise that makes life unbearable driving from one end of the island to the other, 24/7? The island of Oahu is stretched to its space and land limits, the city of Honolulu needs to restrict the number of cars allowed on the roads by setting a limit on the number of car registrations issued
on June 18,2013 | 04:25PM
96706 wrote:
I agree we REALLY need to restrict the number of cars but in doing so, according to the advocates, would be taking away people's "rights" . Besides, the head of the Car Dealership Assn would be losing sleep!
on June 19,2013 | 08:01AM
Bumby wrote:
Population is the problem. As more and more people live on the island the traffic problem will just get worse. If we had half of the population leave the island and tourism decreases by about the same percentage the roads will be able to handle the traffic. This will not happen unless there was a nuclear accident on this island. Flip side as the population continues to grow the roads will not be able to handle the traffic. The best solution to this problem is to have a bridge going over Pearl Harbor connecting to the viaduct and the viaduct continuing to Atkinson Blvd. This will not happen also. And And And rail will not solve the traffic problem.
on June 19,2013 | 10:14AM
allie wrote:
yikes!..the difficult west side
on June 18,2013 | 04:28PM
localguy wrote:
Shades of the H1 widening project fiasco. Remember the time DOT had the contractor out there on a non working day to install all the cones to block working lanes. Later people kept calling KSSK and other stations asking where the DOT workers were, nothing was going on. Later DOT admitted they had screwed up. DUH!!! Just another day at dysfunctional DOT. Hmm, why not schedule work on the weekend? The small amount of overtime/weekend pay would be far less than all the time from drivers stuck in their lane reduction fiasco. DOT, always a day late, dollar short. This is what they do, nothing.
on June 18,2013 | 08:47PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
they must be doing something to make you all mad bro..nobody likes traffic but they complain when things don't get done..to get things done you must create traffic..it's a no win situation..just plan ahead
on June 18,2013 | 09:18PM
FrankieT wrote:
Now you can see why a light rail would solve a lot of problems with traffic. Face it folks, it won't be long before traffic will come to a complete standstill, heck we are already there.
on June 19,2013 | 03:38AM
Maili2 wrote:
i agree, for our mental health alone, sitting in too much traffic makes people really grumpy. I'm talkin about myself!
on June 19,2013 | 05:44AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Just a side thought but the state's traffic reporter, Jason Yotsuda, needs to do a better job of traffic reporting. When I'm stuck in traffic that doesn't look normal, the last thing I need is for Jason telling me traffic is backed up. How about supplementing your report with why traffic is not normal? I swear sometimes I think he doesn't even look at the traffic monitors and is just reading from the previous day's report. Either Jason needs to get on the ball or find someone who can give a better traffic report.
on June 19,2013 | 06:37AM
96706 wrote:
Jason Yotsuda does a horrible job in traffic reporting.. Daneille Tucker gives more detail. Hell, they should start broadcasting traffic from 2:30 pm.
on June 19,2013 | 08:03AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Jason Yotsuda, Danielle Tucker, Naylen Moore et al will have conflicting traffic reports at the same time. The state should dedicate an AM station with up to date traffic conditions so drivers can check conditions and not rely on misinformation. I drive H-1 / H-3 six days a week and it seems the traffic reports rarely reflect reality. Aloha.
on June 19,2013 | 08:37AM
South76 wrote:
All of you quit your whinin, the Hawaii electorate keep putting these numbskulls back to the biggest circus tent in the world. The clowns at the square building on Beretania Street and all of the tax guzzling state union workers and private businesss receiving state contracts are all in these scams. We all know double decking H1 and H2 will nevergoing to happen. This contra-flow lanes are just for show, the clowns just want to spend tax dollars to keep the number of rank and file state unions and those working for the incompetent govt keep getting elected every election. The question should be how come the only daily newspaper bring all these scams to the forefront during election times????.
on June 19,2013 | 07:35AM
lew4543 wrote:
That's ok. Won't be long and we'll have a rail system and everyone will move to the high rises in Kakaako. Then there will be no traffic on the freeways anymore and they can do all the work they want to anytime of day or night. Nice living in paradise.
on June 19,2013 | 08:24AM
kainalu wrote:
... and once the PM Zipper-lane is implemented sometime in 2014, the primary reason this surveying and construction is happening, this traffic grid-lock will be the norm for those traveling east from the west. Not only will those that live out West have to deal with the 4-decades long AM gridlock, they now will be faced with the same gridlock in the afternoon extending into the night. Like the AM zipper-lane, the PM zipper-lane will use those same two lanes being closed for this construction.
on June 19,2013 | 08:29AM
MakaniKai wrote:
LOL but certainly not surprised that a PM zip lane will finally be in place almost 20 - 25 years after the AM zip lane……..another day in the nei! Aloha.
on June 19,2013 | 08:43AM
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