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Pearl City H-1 closures canceled this week

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:39 p.m. HST, Jun 02, 2014

The state Department of Transportation will not close the Ewa-bound lanes of the H-1 freeway at night this week.

Contractors have been working at night on the freeway along the Pearl City viaduct between the Pearl City/Waimalu Off-Ramp (Exit 10) and the Waipahu Off-Ramp (Exit 8B).

Last week, the closures caused huge backups on the freeway.

The state said work will continue from from 11 p.m. on Saturday night, June 7, through 12 noon on Sunday, June 8, with two left-lanes closed for pavement resurfacing.

DOT officials say they're re-evaluating their approach to the lane-closures to better help traffic flow. They said they're considering rescheduling them or breaking up the work into smaller intervals and are trying to coordinate with rail officials to keep from closing lanes on the H-1 and Kamehameha Highway simultaneously.

DOT should know by Thursday or Friday what the lane-closure plan will be for next week, department spokesman Derek Inoshita said Monday.

The state had announced plans to close two lanes on the H-1 freeway along the viaduct from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. nightly from Monday night through Friday morning.

Construction and lane closures are continuing in other areas along the H-1, including full closures in the Koko Head direction between the Vineyard Boulevard onramp (Exit 20B) and the Pali onramp (Exit 21A) through Friday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation also has a full slate of road proj-ects, including construction on roads and highways in Ewa, Wai-pahu, Pearl City, Aiea, Kalihi and Downtown/Kaka-ako.

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mitt_grund wrote:
Look to more back-pedaling on such events by DOT as we get closer to the primary and the general elections. Abercrombie is very aware of the "Carlisle" effect such aggravating events have on voters.

However, look to more of the same arrogant behavior he had when he uttered those famous words, "I am not your friend...." Mark my words, in his last term, should he get it, he will enact those tax measures on retirees and the elderly. Easy for him with his fed and state/county retirements, and housing allowance. Are you eating well, Abercrumbie? It sure looks like it.

on June 2,2014 | 12:08PM
psychodude wrote:
let's see whose name is plastered over this good deed to Central and West Oahu residents. We can actually head into town and have dinner and not worry the meal we consumed is fully digested by the time we get home in 4 hours!!
on June 2,2014 | 01:59PM
false wrote:
Ige will be filing paper for Gov. today. Abercrimbie commercials are a crack up. They show this kind and gentle many with children and the elderly. Just wondering of Hawaii will elected him again.
on June 2,2014 | 12:17PM
grego12 wrote:
to all the guys who got stuck in that traffic.. one has to wonder what genius at DOT thought its necessary to shut all ten lanes down to ONE going west bound and on top of that do the same on Kam Hwy on Pearl city. What, they couldn't figure out NOT to both at the same time.. a little common sense by DOT officials would help here..
on June 2,2014 | 12:32PM
twitter6 wrote:
The construction near Waikele is already causing a ripple effect in the afternoon resulting in an additional 30 minutes travel time. That coupled with the Pearl City construction on both the freeway and Kamehameha makes absolutely no sense. DOT and the City essentially closes all arteries west and central resulting in a huge failure. Whoever is coordinating the projects need to go back to elementary school and learn the basic concept of organization. Follow other cities if you need help with traffic project management. Don't recreate the wheel.
on June 2,2014 | 12:47PM
inverse wrote:
What are you talking about, they will be recreating the steel on steel wheel and it while be going around, around and around FOREVER on Oahu. Of course the wheels will not be going around when the rail breaks down due to maintenance problems cause the year round corrosive Hawaii salt air environment will wreak havoc on an electrified, turn of the century old style train design with each Ansaldo rail car weighing about 72,000 pounds each. That is a whole lot metal and electrical and mechanical components to rust and, or breakdown.
on June 2,2014 | 01:09PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
It's about time someone decided to use that brain in their head!
on June 2,2014 | 12:59PM
Willieboy wrote:
HELLOOOOO..... graduations all pau already! you guys couple weeks too late!
on June 2,2014 | 01:04PM
lokela wrote:
So Plan A no work and Plan B no work. What's for lunch?
on June 2,2014 | 01:26PM
4sanitysake wrote:
Can somebody explain why the construction involves moving the light poles from outside the freeway railing to inside the freeway railing?
on June 2,2014 | 01:32PM
psychodude wrote:
Probably some local mentality at our local transportation level. Not enough monies to hire mainland consultants to deal with our traffic woes. Or maybe the usual kickbacks are involved here (again)!!
on June 2,2014 | 01:54PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
they already hired mainland consultants to build the rail..and look how much that is costing us..price keeps going up with no end in sight
on June 2,2014 | 09:09PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
i think they are expanding the freeway wider so they have to put the temporary light poles to remove the old ones to create another lane..not sure though
on June 2,2014 | 09:05PM
awahana wrote:
Welcome to the 'hillbilly' state. From refuse dept opala.org to trans, we are nothing like CalTrans. Paradise my a-s-s.
on June 2,2014 | 01:34PM
fishman wrote:
New Sheriff running DOT. Heard he did a good job at airports. Hopefully, he can talk some sense in the folks who plan these projects.
on June 2,2014 | 06:20PM
jojobear wrote:
I really would like to know just how long will this project last, it's been a headache taking over 45 minutes driving from Aiea to Pearl City.
on June 19,2014 | 12:56PM
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