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Multiple accidents on H-1 make morning commute a nightmare

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 04:29 a.m. HST, Oct 23, 2013



Multiple accidents on the H-1 freeway's townbound lanes between Waipahu and Aiea combined to make the morning commute a gridlocked mess Tuesday.

The accidents happened between 6:30 a.m. and 7:15 a.m., according to Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Yu. 

One accident occurred shortly after 6:30 a.m. on the townbound lanes near the Pearl City offramp in Waipahu. Shortly after 7 a.m., two separate collisions happened in Aiea and in Waipahu.

Fifteen minutes later, police reported another accident near the Kunia onramp in Waipahu, according to HPD's traffic information website.

And a stalled vehicle on H-1 near Waimalu before 7 a.m. exacerbated traffic congestion.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the accidents.

Many commuters vented their frustration on Twitter, describing commutes that were twice as long as usual. Several reported taking more than an hour just to go a couple of miles.






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allie wrote:
getting scary out there
on October 22,2013 | 12:47PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Why is traffic tie ups scary, all lie? Exasperating yes, scary heck no.
on October 22,2013 | 05:42PM
kainalu wrote:
NEWS FLASH! Traffic is a nightmare every morning for those that commute East from West of the H1/H2 merge. That's been for several decades now.
on October 22,2013 | 06:07PM
sjean wrote:
NO worries. The train will solve this problem. So long as you work in Waipahu.
on October 22,2013 | 12:50PM
Kuniarr wrote:
The train is incapable of doing anything to alleviate traffic congestion.
on October 22,2013 | 03:44PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
How rediculous is that statement. How can an additional mode of transporation NOT do anything. Totally ignorant.
on October 22,2013 | 04:02PM
soundofreason wrote:
Oh, it will. It will back up traffic for the next 10 years ONLY to get the bus riders to ride IT instead. Great move.
on October 22,2013 | 06:59PM
hikine wrote:
The problem is that people love their cars and would rather drive than take the train. Japan has an excellent railway system in which it moves it's population efficiently.
on October 22,2013 | 04:21PM
paniolo wrote:
And they like build Koa Ridge and Hoopili. NUTS Cars on the freeway going double, and commute time going double what it was today.
on October 22,2013 | 01:38PM
what wrote:
The DOT is asleep at the wheel. They have done NOTHING for decades. As I've said many times before, they should extend H-3 across Ford Island and on to Kapolei. A similar hwy was proposed in 2005 and the Navy commander was open to the idea, but Mufi Hannemann killed the idea because he had no forsight.
on October 22,2013 | 02:34PM
Kuniarr wrote:
If the Hawaii DOT does what the Portland DOT did to relieve horrendous traffic congestion on H26 caused by vehicles turning from H47 into H26, traffic would flow smoothly even where there is an accident or stalled vehicle.

It is just amazing how other State DOTs have brought traffic congestion relief on interstate and state highways but the Hawaii DOT has not. I
on October 22,2013 | 03:51PM
psychodude wrote:
Perhaps his kickback price was not high enough. And the fact that Ford Island is federally owned would get him into bigger do-do if he got caught accepting kickbacks.
on October 23,2013 | 04:38AM
what wrote:
The DOT is asleep at the wheel. They have done NOTHING for decades. As I've said many times before, they should extend H-3 across Ford Island and on to Kapolei. A similar hwy was proposed in 2005 and the Navy commander was open to the idea, but Mufi Hannemann killed the idea because he had no forsight.
on October 22,2013 | 02:35PM
TrueCloud wrote:
Rail would have mo bettah today, yeah?
on October 22,2013 | 03:03PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
No to rail. Yes to another freeway. One that doesn't merge into the existing one like the H2-H1 and the H1 and airport viaduct.
on October 22,2013 | 03:17PM
Kuniarr wrote:
* Atlanta turns to variable speed limit system to relieve highway congestion (http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/24/atlanta-turns-to-variable-speed-limit-system-to-relieve-highway-congestion/)
*Variable Speed Limits Ease Congestion on I-4 (http://enews.global-5.com/FourcastArticle.aspx?AID=12477)

on October 22,2013 | 03:57PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
And we are going to build this freeway where?
on October 22,2013 | 04:04PM
hikine wrote:
No matter how many freeways you build the congestion will happen when everyone is trying to exit or enter the same ramp.
on October 22,2013 | 04:14PM
hanoz808 wrote:
people dont know how to drive in traffic
on October 22,2013 | 04:28PM
Buckykat wrote:
Not specifically regarding today's mess, but in general re traffic. I don't drive downtown often, but when I do I've found that traffic, mostly thanks to construction, is far worse than it was when I commuted daily. I also note that the on and off ramps change almost constantly. Now there's even signage that reminds motorcycles to use extreme caution. People get caught at the end of a merge lane that all of a sudden is an off ramp and move over blindly. It's surprising there aren't even more wrecks.
on October 22,2013 | 05:12PM
islandsun wrote:
Big deal. Get used to it. What do you think its going to be like in a few years? Westsiders deserve to get what they voted for.
on October 22,2013 | 07:07PM
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