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Pearl City H-1 closures canceled this week

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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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