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Rail transit gets real

As columns rise, traffic slowdowns become more commonplace

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 01, 2014

~~<p>For people driving into town from East Kapolei. the line of concrete columns seen from Kualakai Parkway are a long-established part of the landscape. Now the impact of Honolulu's 20-mile elevated rail project will be seen and felt by an ever-growing number of Leeward Oahu residents.</p>
<p>Close to 100 columns have been built, more than 125 foundations, and about 350 of the segments that will be joined together to form the spans on which mass-transit rails and trains will rest, according to Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), overseer of the state's largest public works project. At least one of those spans already has been hoisted into place. And in the next few weeks, the project will become much more of a visible reality for a lot more people, especially residents of Waipahu and Pearl City.</p>
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For people driving into town from East Kapolei. the line of concrete columns seen from Kualakai Parkway are a long-established part of the landscape. Now the impact of Honolulu's 20-mile elevated rail project will be seen and felt by an ever-growing number of Leeward Oahu residents.

Close to 100 columns have been built, more than 125 foundations, and about 350 of the segments that will be joined together to form the spans on which mass-transit rails and trains will rest, according to Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), overseer of the state's largest public works project. At least one of those spans already has been hoisted into place. And in the next few weeks, the project will become much more of a visible reality for a lot more people, especially residents of Waipahu and Pearl City. Login for more...



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