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H-1 freeway lanes to be re-striped, traffic patterns may change

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:37 a.m. HST, Oct 07, 2013

The state Department of Transportation is alerting motorists that overnight re-striping on the H-1 freeway could change traffic patterns as the H-1 rehabilitation project continues in the busy freeway stretch between Ward Avenue and Middle Street.

The state will modify recent changes to the Kinau Street off-ramp of the H-1 freeway as early as tonight, DOT spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter said Sunday.

The re-striping will return the lanes on the freeway to more closely resemble its original configuration, Sluyter said.

However, the weather could delay any changes.

More re-striping is coming on the H-1 freeway between the Likelike off-ramp and Ward Avenue and signs will be going up to inform motorists about changes to the Liliha Street on-ramp.

Other changes will be happening overnight in the west-bound direction over the next two weeks.

The re-striping will allow crews to work safely during the day and will allow for fewer lane closures at night.

Motorists are advised to slow down and be aware of changes to traffic and ramp patterns and to be mindful of the workers on the freeway.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Follow the speed limit main thing, usually reduced to 35 MPH in zones of heavy work. The Pearl City fix has caused more of a backlog than the downtown work. All the good signage is very good work !! Great planning !!
on October 6,2013 | 06:02PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I once drove 25MPH in a construction zone at the posted speed limit of 25MPH. The cop behind me came on the side of me and yelled to pick up the speed.
on October 6,2013 | 08:24PM
mikethenovice wrote:
The old lines are not removed 100% and can be confusing when it rains with the glare from the sun and headlights. So easy to follow the old lines.
on October 6,2013 | 08:19PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Agree. So, maybe the right thing to do is to "re-strip" the pavement, and paint anew. LOL. But nothing new here. Suggested that on the stretch of H-1 passing through Kaimuki that had reinforcement bars inserted in the pavement slabs, that the repaved slots have tinted fill so they would not have a confusing dash pattern on the road. Answer from the state DOT was it wasn't in the contract. So, drivers need to distinguish from the "dashes" and the actual striping.
on October 7,2013 | 04:45AM
onwardupward wrote:
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on October 6,2013 | 09:32PM
droid wrote:
These types of errors happen almost daily. Either the Honolulu Star-Advertiser does not have copy editors, or they are totally incompetent.
on October 7,2013 | 02:15AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Have noticed the declining ability of SA staff to spell and otherwise check their word usage. Headline: "H-1 freeway lanes to be re-stripped, traffic patterns may change" -- obviously task is given to apprentice or intern staff. Big difference between "stripped" and "striped". Kind of expect higher standards from news staff. But then again, if you want hilarious typos and translations, go watch a Kdrama.
on October 7,2013 | 04:38AM
steve76 wrote:
It was confusing at first coming off Pali off ramp ,, I would highly recommend that DOT place large cones and their sign indicating Kinau off ramp is approaching ... this way , you won't have the " lost souls " crossing the solid line .....
on October 7,2013 | 06:33AM
Sunny wrote:
I encountered that this past Saturday morning which is also creating another traffic bottle-neck with a very short Pali Hwy. off- ramp.
on October 7,2013 | 07:57AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
"....traffic patterns MAY change". You mean they don't know. What are they gonna do? Wing it!
on October 7,2013 | 06:49AM
hanabatadayz wrote:
people just need to slow down and pay attention on the road..too many people don't know what a solid white line means
on October 7,2013 | 07:09AM
paniolo wrote:
Agree with you. Some people cross over on DOUBLE solid lines also. They see an opening, then cross.
on October 7,2013 | 09:12AM
Kohelele wrote:
Give extra commute time. The H-1 East by the Middle Street merge was stopped almost to Moanalua Gardens at 2 pm last Thursday due to the congestion caused by the new striping.
on October 7,2013 | 07:10AM
Bdpapa wrote:
It was alittle confusing coming from Pali to H-1 DH Bound. That lane went right into the traffic. Be careful.
on October 7,2013 | 07:33AM
Sunny wrote:
The DOT should inform the public about these construction related lane changes in addition to their reminders about the lane closures. Typical lack of pro-action by the DOT!
on October 7,2013 | 08:00AM
fluke wrote:
another great project from the dot. i guest contractors come first not drivers and we have to keep out place in the worst place to drive in the nation.
on October 7,2013 | 09:10AM
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