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Construction will close freeway starting Sunday

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 01:31 p.m. HST, Apr 16, 2014

Starting this Sunday night, drivers on the H-1 freeway in town will again encounter overnight full closures in a single direction, requiring them to exit and use street routes.

The full overnight closures will continue until sometime in July, when the freeway reconstruction work from Ward Avenue to the Likelike Highway is slated to wrap, transportation officials said at a briefing Wednesday.

Those state Department of Transportation officials further revealed, for the first time in any of their briefings on the rehabilitation project, that there's also a chance road crews might shut down the freeway entirely in both directions on some nights, depending on what conditions they find as they continue to dig into the roadway.

The full closures will take place 8 p.m. through 5 a.m., Sunday nights through Friday mornings. They'll start this Sunday in the Koko Head-bound direction, and then alternate directions every few weeks or so, until the work is completed, transportation officials said.

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes, such as Nimitz Highway, King Street and Dillingham Boulevard.

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Bumby wrote:
Why alternate directions? Explain the benefit and reasoning behind that. Regarding this road widening project would it not have been better and quicker to have the full crew working on one side of the highway at a time? Why split the crew and have both sides of the traffic be affected. Just asking.
on April 16,2014 | 02:00PM
Actually, I think that is exactly what was said with the exception of the occasional both direction shut downs.
on April 16,2014 | 06:35PM
crt wrote:
I work in Waikiki and drive home during the road closures. They close the freeway and suggest using alternate routes such as Nimitz Highway. Problem is, freeway is closed, and Nimitz Highway is also closed and diverted through Queen street past Ward Center, then back onto Nimitz. Then, as we approach the Kalihi area, Nimitz goes down to a single lane for more construction. How's that for great planning.
on April 16,2014 | 02:41PM
localguy wrote:
Planning? Does not exist in the Nei. Each project is handled by a different office, they do not talk to each other, work in vacuum. Only when the work starts do they see what projects are going on. There is no one competent person in charge, only a figurehead.
on April 16,2014 | 05:21PM
Wazdat wrote:
Why does this take so long. This type of project would have been done in a few months in any NORMAL city.
on April 16,2014 | 05:08PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
it takes time to put forms in the median..then you have to pour the cement..then let it cure..they also have to install new street lights..which requires digging new trenches for the conduits..installing new light pole bases..which takes a month to cure..then they have to dig up all the asphalt so that they can pave new roads..then they have to paint the lanes..it takes time..now you know why it takes a long time..i don't know if you're the one who was asking about the LED lighting and why the state doesn't replace all the lights with LED's..fyi..it it very costly..one light fixture costs $1000..and if it lasts only 10 years..i don't see the costs savings in that..gotta wait till LED gets popular then the price will come down..right now it's just not feasible
on April 16,2014 | 05:43PM
Honolulu is no NORMAL city. We do not have the flexibility of alternate routes or extra space that most cities do. The same reason we dont have alternate freeways within our infrastructure-there is no room for it, which by chance is an obvious reason why we need rail.
on April 16,2014 | 06:38PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
we don't need rail..a freeway from ewa to pearl harbor is what we needed..too late for that..thank you voters of hawaii..you screwed the future generation over
on April 16,2014 | 08:42PM
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