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DOT cancels H-1 westbound lane closure for Sunday

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:20 p.m. HST, Jul 12, 2014

The state Department of Transportation has adjusted its lane closure schedule to reduce traffic backups on the H-1 freeway this weekend.

The scheduled westbound H-1 right lane closure from the Houghtailing Street offramp (Exit 20B) to the Gulick Overpass will be canceled for Sunday, according to department spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter.

Work to demolish and rebuild a freeway wall is anticipated to be completed by 9 p.m. Saturday. However, if crews finish early the lane will be opened sooner, Sluyter said.  

For Sunday, crews will be working in this area in the shoulder lane only. The right lane closure was originally scheduled to run until 5 a.m. Monday.

The lane closure backed up traffic in the ewa direction on the H-1 freeway through Kalihi Saturday.

All other previously scheduled ramp closures will remain the same, including the Kalihi Street offramp (Exit 20A), Kalihi Street onramp, Liliha Street onramp and Pali Highway offramp (Exit 21A) until 8 a.m. Sunday.

Ramp closures will occur at the Kalihi Street (Likelike Highway) on- and offramps, along with lane closures on the Kalihi Street overpass, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. During these hours, the H-1 eastbound Liliha Street onramp and the Pali Highway offramp (Exit 21A) will also be closed.

Full westbound closures and partial eastbound closures will resume from the vicinity of Middle Street to Ward Avenue Sunday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly.  

Beginning 9 a.m. Monday, the H-1 westbound onramp from Kalihi Street (Likelike Highway) will be closed daily through Friday, July 25, except during morning rush-hours from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays. If work is completed sooner, the lane closures will be reduced.  

Motorists who want to access the H-1 or H-201 freeways westbound are advised to use North School Street to the next available onramps on Middle Street.

This part of the H-1 Freeway Rehab Project is one of the oldest sections of the freeway through the Honolulu corridor that averages up to 200,000 vehicles a day.

Officials say the construction work will provide a durable smooth surface, upgraded lighting and drainage, median glare screens and increased traffic capacity with the addition of a fourth lane in each direction through widening and restriping. The department is aiming to complete the project by July 31.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The rehab looks excellent, and everything makes sense. Next thing to go: the Piikoi street onramp to the H-1 east that causes a major slow down there, as drivers attempt to get off the H-1 east onto Punahou Street. I lived in Hawaii 52 years and I never knew that ramp even existed until I tried it a few years back. That ramp is simply a nuisance. If that ramp is completed closed down, the H-1 East itself can be widened above to provide a more smooth exit at Punahou Street. Anyone ever notice that, as Joe Moore would say, traffic is an unnecessary bottleneck at that Punahou Street exit simply because cars are attempting to enter the freeway on the same lane that cars are exiting the freeway?? For those who might complain, well there are parallel city streets called Wilder Avenue and King Street that go in the Diamond Head direction, which motorists can motor on to get to Waikiki proper.
on July 12,2014 | 01:45PM
mellishi wrote:
... I have to agree - these improvements have been excellent! Sure there have been disruptions and sometimes delay in our travel, but it is well worth it. I especially have driven East on H-1 and have used the extra lane to Pali Hwy. in the area of the Vineyard Blvd. off ramp. It is a whizzzzz. Travel time is greatly reduced...especially up to Pali Hwy and to the Windward area. Fantastic job DOT., now go an teach the City Department of Transportation how to do it as well!!!
on July 12,2014 | 06:00PM
what wrote:
See how much difference an extra lane makes? Just think what we could have accomplished if we had taken some of the billions spent on rail, and used it to improved, upgrade, and build flyover lanes for H-1, especially considering Federal funds would have kicked in billions more for highways than they do for rail.
on July 12,2014 | 08:00PM
soundofreason wrote:
Tough to pay rail kickbacks though if there's no rail ;)
on July 13,2014 | 07:56AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The best way to teach is to say "MYOB: Mind Your Own Business", and we would have $5.26 billion more for sewer improvements and water main repairs, etc. that the City "could have had" had a certain ambitious politician not committed said City to. It all stems from the Side Eye and Stink Eye that Frank and George engaged in, back and forth, across Punchbowl Street during the 1970s. AND, George held on to the job like a Pope.
on July 12,2014 | 09:52PM
Thegame wrote:
If you close the Piikoi onramp, you have to backtrack to ward or go all the way to University to get on the freeway. Ever tried to go up ward to get on by the Academy of Arts in the afternoon? It takes forever. They need to make the Piikoi onramp so that you don't have to change over 2 lanes to get on the freeway.
on July 12,2014 | 10:00PM
den wrote:
the map is too blurry even when enlarged.
on July 12,2014 | 06:17PM
soundofreason wrote:
That's why I wait until after I've read the news before I start drinking;)
on July 13,2014 | 07:58AM
Oahuan wrote:
I hope the DOT will not leave the median concrete work exposed like it is. Looks so third world. Paint it.
on July 12,2014 | 07:49PM
South76 wrote:
Don't worry, graffiti will cover the naked concrete that just been added to the existing median barrier.
on July 13,2014 | 12:39AM
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