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Months of major work coming on H-1 from Ward Ave. to Middle St.

By Marcel Honoré

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LAST UPDATED: 07:41 p.m. HST, Jul 25, 2013


State transportation officials are warning of what will likely be a year-long traffic nightmare starting this fall for H1 commuters in town.

In September, construction will start on what’s dubbed the “H1 Rehabilitation Project” — an effort to fix and repave a 3.5-mile stretch of the state’s most heavily used highway between Ward Avenue and Middle Street.

The work will take place overnight, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., and allow construction crews to shut down the highway in one direction at a time for up to 120 nights throughout the project, state Department of Transportation officials say. It will also mean nightly partial lane closures during the yearlong effort.

“There is no good time in doing this much-needed work,” DOT Director Glenn Okimoto said this morning at a news conference to get the word out.  State officials have avoided the work in the past because of the large inconvenience it would mean for commuters, state Highways Adminisrator Alvin Takeshita added.

The work in town will also coincide with H-1 traffic further west from the state’s ongoing “PM Contraflow” project — highway deck repairs in the Aiea and Pearl City areas that have commuters facing lane closures there from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.  That schedule is expected to last through April, state officials said.

The in-town rehabilitation project will repave an asphalt-concrete layer about 12 inches deep along that H1 stretch — a material that’s stronger than typical asphalt and designed to last 10-15 years, instead of 7 to 10 years, to better handle the 200,000 vehicles that use the corridor each day, said Jadine Urasaki, deputy director for capital projects.

The $42 million project, paid for mostly with federal dollars, will also reconfigure H-1 to have four lanes in both directions from Punahou Street to Middle Street. It will further replace existing highway lights with modern models that better contain the light to the highway and are more environmentally friendly for migrating birds, officials said.






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kiragirl wrote:
Why does it take so long? Company hired does not have the resources is a poor excuse.
on July 25,2013 | 01:03PM
1local wrote:
how much would it have cost to have built a second level on the freeway? Divert all future taxpayer money for rail to increasing capacity of H1 freeway - paid for by its users. The State and counties generate more money from vehicle traffic than mass transit - mass transit is a cancer that feeds off of taxpayers and drivers in Hawaii...enriching the Unions...
on July 25,2013 | 01:30PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
More than half the money for rail is coming from the Feds, and it's marked for rail. It's not like our lawmakers could pull a 180 and use the money to build a second deck for H1.
on July 25,2013 | 02:46PM
matsuyama wrote:
Huh? Less than 30% is gonig to be paid by the Feds. The project costs 5-6 billion, the Feds only giving 1-2 billion.
on July 25,2013 | 06:18PM
soundofreason wrote:
They would have received EIGHTY percent funding for freeway work.
on July 25,2013 | 08:13PM
what wrote:
It's too bad. Highways are absolutely the most beneficial and important type of infrastructure for a modern world. Highways move more people more cheaply, door to door, than any other type of transportation. Rail is fail.
on July 25,2013 | 09:10PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
It is time to get over this rediculous idea that the rail's funds can be rerouted to whatever idea you may come up with. As for a 2nd layer, it may be a good idea to look at all the overpasses and other obstacles that would limit your ability to make your scenario a reality.
on July 25,2013 | 03:04PM
Nocturnal wrote:
It takes so long because its a bureaucracy. These guys win contracts and want to keep their guys getting paid as long as they possibly can. If there was no unions involved and we brought in crews from the mainland who were willing to do the job for less money and better quality I bet you we could have the freeway paved much quicker than a year. But of course we can't bring in outsiders nor can we go around the union.
on July 25,2013 | 02:33PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Hey pretty good, you hit all the boogie men, unions, bureaucracy, heck all you needed to do is throw in rail.
on July 25,2013 | 03:37PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Not from the mainland. More like from Mexico.
on July 25,2013 | 04:23PM
mikethenovice wrote:
This project will be cancelled once the noise keeps up the residents.
on July 25,2013 | 04:29PM
RichardCory wrote:
Because it's a massive project? Did you read the article?
on July 25,2013 | 10:12PM
Wazdat wrote:
oh boy. Glad they are FINALLY doing something to fix the roads.
on July 25,2013 | 01:03PM
allie wrote:
agree but I dread the disruption.
on July 25,2013 | 01:34PM
Anonymous wrote:
You'll only need to experience disruption from September to December. You've promised to graduate by December...and because you dislike Hawaii so much, that will mean you leave right?
on July 25,2013 | 04:31PM
lew4543 wrote:
Traqffic is already a nightmare.....how can it get much worse ? That's ok...the rail will take care of all our problems.
on July 25,2013 | 01:07PM
mcc wrote:
It's not going there. It's going to Ala Moana,
on July 25,2013 | 01:21PM
pakeheat wrote:
I think lew4543 was trying to be sarcastic, LOL
on July 25,2013 | 01:47PM
Kuniarr wrote:
lew4543 talking about traffic being a nightmare and rail is a lot of baloney for one can never mix public transportation with private transportation.

To all who talk about traffic nightmare and Rail, be all of you informed that three state projects of which the PM Contra-Flow is but a part makes Rail meaningless for commuting purposes from the West Side because those 3 state projects would make non-stop commuting by Bus Express faster than the commuting by 20-stop train.
on July 25,2013 | 02:48PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Those buses you are referring to will be making about 520 stops if you take into consideration the idea of "stop and go traffic".
on July 25,2013 | 03:06PM
Kuniarr wrote:
GONEGOLFIN what 520 stops are you talking about?

Do you not know, GONEGOLFIN that in the morning rush hour the Bus Express does not mix with traffic on the Honolulu-bound lanes of the H1 from Kunia to the Airport?

And the same goes on the PM Contra-Flow whereby the Bus Express does not mix with traffic on the Westbound lanes of the H1 but on a separate Zipper lane fzipper lane on H-1 between the Ke‘ehi Interchange and the Kunia Interchange.

Do you know that, GONEGOLFIN? So what and where is this thing you call 520 stops and the idea of "stop and go graffic"?
on July 25,2013 | 07:06PM
mikethenovice wrote:
What year will that be?
on July 25,2013 | 04:23PM
Kuniarr wrote:
mikethenovice. You guys who preach 20-stops traffic-free travel on the train will find out that after Rail is built, traffic-free travel on the non-stop Bus Express travels traffic-free on 3 State projects plus the AM Zipper.

As for when? You guys who are proponents of rail need to wake up and read Page 2-9 (last paragraph) and Page 2-10 (first paragraphy) of the H.A.R.T. document called "Final Financial Plan For Full Funding Agreement<./b>" and know exactly when and what those 3 state projects are that Kuniarr is talking about
on July 25,2013 | 06:15PM
RichardCory wrote:
How do I type in your magical bold letters?
on July 25,2013 | 10:13PM
HaoleGuy wrote:
Do you usually talk about yourself in the third person? HaoleGuy would like to know.
on July 25,2013 | 10:19PM
mcc wrote:
Why don't they use concrete like they do on the mainland so it won't have to be redone all the time?
on July 25,2013 | 01:20PM
pujianping wrote:
It's always about the concrete curing time and noise control.
on July 25,2013 | 01:30PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Are you referring to the noise from driving on concrete, or during the process of laying the road? I always thought it was because repairing the roads is more difficult if it's concrete.
on July 25,2013 | 02:48PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Concrete freeway last longer, but wears out the tires faster.
on July 25,2013 | 04:25PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
I think the folks heading down H-1 West tonight will have a different opinion as to the suggestion that concrete does not have to be redone all the time. My understanding is t hat even on the mainland states and local government are overlaying asphalt over concreted because its much less expensive and the new asphalt aggregates are much more durable than before. It also protects the underlying concrete structure better.
on July 25,2013 | 03:34PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Lowest bidder.
on July 25,2013 | 04:24PM
pujianping wrote:
Will repave an asphalt-concrete layer about 12 inches deep along that H1 stretch — a material that’s stronger than typical asphalt ?? So we finally get rid of sticky asphalt and step into modern AC (asphalt concrete).
on July 25,2013 | 01:29PM
localguy wrote:
Let us hope the new freeway lights are the energy sipping LED models many mainland cities have been converting to for lower power cost to taxpayers. Then again, our DOT has never shown any ability to save taxpayer's money, always finding new ways to waste it. Time will tell.
on July 25,2013 | 01:36PM
chryw8 wrote:
how about making copper wire more difficult to steal.
on July 25,2013 | 02:01PM
steveoctober wrote:
Or have it booby trapped so anyone tampering can fry a deserved death.
on July 25,2013 | 03:42PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Ever smelled a burning human body? You'll never forget that odor.
on July 25,2013 | 04:26PM
Kuniarr wrote:
The PM Contra-Flow project is one of the first Congestion Program of the Highways Modernization Plan: Oahu projects.

The PM Contra-Flow project will make commuting to the West side by Bus Expess faster as the Contra-Flow will avoid traffic on the H1.

With the AM Zipper and the PM Contra-Flow commuting by Bus Express will bypass traffic on the H1 - morning and afternoon.

The other state project that would make commuting by Bus Express almost Traffic Free like Rail is the Nimitz Flyover.

The HOV project after that will make commuting non-stop by Bus Express from the West side virtually traffic free
on July 25,2013 | 02:43PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
They're finally going to do something about that stretch between Likelike and Vineyard. Nice.
on July 25,2013 | 02:53PM
iwanaknow wrote:
They should have lied and said it would take 3 years so if it really only takes one, they'll come out looking like heroes.
on July 25,2013 | 03:02PM
alfhawaii wrote:
its about time. that stretch of freeway is terrible in both directions.
on July 25,2013 | 03:34PM
mikethenovice wrote:
The construction noise will make it hard to sell real estate along the freeway.
on July 25,2013 | 04:22PM
star08 wrote:
Jadine Urasaki seems apologetic in the photo.
on July 25,2013 | 11:11PM
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