Construction project closes Punahou Street ramps

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Drivers could be in for a major traffic backlog over the next two weeks because of construction work near the Punahou Street off-ramps.

The major construction project is for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

“So right now the construction project is to bury the utilities to make them underground for our phase one of our building campaign, our capital campaign. And it’s our building for the newborn intensive care and pediatric intensive care unit building,” Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children COO Martha Smith said.

Due to the heavily used area, the Department of Transportation is limiting the time of construction.

“There is certain requirements. That’s why they’re only allowed to work from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. during the day to avoid the morning rush hour and the afternoon when the schools get out,” Department of Transportation spokesperson Caroline Sluyter said.

For the next two weeks, the on- and off-ramps at Punahou Street will be closed along with lanes on the eastbound off-ramp that turns left onto Punahou Street.  The westbound on-ramp from Punahou Street to the H-1 Freeway will be closed at the same time.

Road crews will also be rerouting power to water pumps underneath the Punahou Street overpass that keep the H-1 from flooding during heavy rains.

Pedestrian traffic will also be affected because the Ewa sidewalk along Punahou Street is closed from Maryknoll High School towards Shriners Hospital for Children.

The road work is all expected to be done by the end of next week.

Related story: H-1 Freeway on, off-ramps at Punahou Street close for utility installations

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