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Cut traffic with many solutions


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2012

~~<p>The 20-mile rail between Kapolei and Ala Moana will be a major factor in coping with the traffic along Oahu's main corridor &mdash; but that doesn't mean it will be a cure-all. Other traffic mitigations must also be pursued, which the state Department of Transportation is concurrently doing. These include opening a westbound Zipper Lane during afternoon rush hour &mdash;work is just starting &mdash;&ensp;and turning the H-1 freeway near the downtown area from three lanes to four, an idea that's awaiting federal approval. More creative ideas and further changes should be continually explored to cope with congestion.</p>
<p>The Zipper Lane addition is most promising, as afternoon commuters from downtown to Ewa will find some relief by late next year. The state held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for a new H-1 Freeway contraflow project operating 7.2 miles between Pearl Harbor &mdash; near the Radford Drive overpass between Honolulu Airport and Aloha Stadium &mdash;and Waikele.</p>
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The 20-mile rail between Kapolei and Ala Moana will be a major factor in coping with the traffic along Oahu's main corridor — but that doesn't mean it will be a cure-all. Other traffic mitigations must also be pursued, which the state Department of Transportation is concurrently doing. These include opening a westbound Zipper Lane during afternoon rush hour —work is just starting — and turning the H-1 freeway near the downtown area from three lanes to four, an idea that's awaiting federal approval. More creative ideas and further changes should be continually explored to cope with congestion.

The Zipper Lane addition is most promising, as afternoon commuters from downtown to Ewa will find some relief by late next year. The state held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for a new H-1 Freeway contraflow project operating 7.2 miles between Pearl Harbor — near the Radford Drive overpass between Honolulu Airport and Aloha Stadium —and Waikele. Login for more...



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