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Closing offramps for Pro Bowl done only 'when necessary'

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 31, 2014

~~<p><b>QUESTION</b>: Why was the Aiea off&shy;ramp, town-bound, coned off on Pro Bowl Sunday? I wanted to take the off&shy;ramp at about 12:30 p.m. but was forced to continue on the freeway. The next exit at Red Hill was so backed up, I had to go to the Tripler off&shy;ramp, then turn around to head back toward Aiea. Traffic was a mess by the stadium, and a huge reason was because the Aiea off&shy;ramp was coned. From Moana&shy;lua Freeway I took the Aiea cutoff, where the right lane leading to the stadium was at a standstill. There are three lanes going into Aiea; the left and middle lanes go to Kame&shy;ha&shy;meha Highway, and the right lane goes to Moana&shy;lua Road. While the right lane was barely moving, numerous vehicles zoomed in the middle lane only to snake into the right lane at the last minute. They caused the middle lane to get jammed. All the while, about four special-duty police officers directed traffic, one directly by the vehicles trying to snake into the right lane. He should have ordered those motorists to continue to Kame&shy;ha&shy;meha Highway. The traffic situation was horrendous and dangerous, and should have been handled better by the police officers.</p>
<p><b>ANSWER</b>: The Honolulu Police Department made the decision to close both the H-1 freeway East Aiea off&shy;ramp and the H-1 East Stadium off&shy;ramp Sunday &quot;in coordination with other agencies responsible for traffic and public safety,&quot; said HPD Capt. Gordon Gomes, of the Major Events Division.</p>
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QUESTION: Why was the Aiea off­ramp, town-bound, coned off on Pro Bowl Sunday? I wanted to take the off­ramp at about 12:30 p.m. but was forced to continue on the freeway. The next exit at Red Hill was so backed up, I had to go to the Tripler off­ramp, then turn around to head back toward Aiea. Traffic was a mess by the stadium, and a huge reason was because the Aiea off­ramp was coned. From Moana­lua Freeway I took the Aiea cutoff, where the right lane leading to the stadium was at a standstill. There are three lanes going into Aiea; the left and middle lanes go to Kame­ha­meha Highway, and the right lane goes to Moana­lua Road. While the right lane was barely moving, numerous vehicles zoomed in the middle lane only to snake into the right lane at the last minute. They caused the middle lane to get jammed. All the while, about four special-duty police officers directed traffic, one directly by the vehicles trying to snake into the right lane. He should have ordered those motorists to continue to Kame­ha­meha Highway. The traffic situation was horrendous and dangerous, and should have been handled better by the police officers.

ANSWER: The Honolulu Police Department made the decision to close both the H-1 freeway East Aiea off­ramp and the H-1 East Stadium off­ramp Sunday "in coordination with other agencies responsible for traffic and public safety," said HPD Capt. Gordon Gomes, of the Major Events Division. Login for more...



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