Major road project shuts down portion of H-1 Freeway eastbound

It’s one of the state’s biggest road projects.

“Our infrastructure really needs a lot of improvements. There’s been deferred maintenance, so now we’re embarking on this very ambitious project to fix one of the most congested freeways right in the middle of town,” Department of Transportation Caroline Sluyter said.

The year-long H-1 Rehabilitation Project is underway prompting a complete closure of a portion of the H-1 Freeway eastbound.

The night work will also cause lane closures from Sunday nights through Friday mornings.

“In some areas where there’s really bad potholes, they’ll be digging down 12 inches deep, so to really get at the base on what’s wrong with it to make for a longer lasting driving surface in the future,” Sluyter said.

In recent months, the state’s been getting the word out about the project through radio, and TV announcements and mailing fliers to residents who live along the construction area.

The flier informs residents about heavier traffic on surface streets and loud construction noise.

“As far as noise is concerned, that cannot be avoided, just people living close to the freeway. They should know that they should expect some sort of noise,” Punchbowl resident Albert Ong said.

“Nowadays it’s like every day we’re hearing roadblocks and traffic’s bad enough already, so I wish it was spaced out. But if it has to get done, it has to get done,” Waipio resident Jeremy Nakamura said.

The DOT says drivers should avoid the area if possible. Click here for a map of alternate routes incluindg Nimitz Highway, Vineyard and Dillingham Boulevards, King and School Streets.

Some wonder why the closure is starting so early.

“I believe they should do it later not so early at 8 p.m. They should do it from midnight that way you don’t inconvenience too many people,” Ong said.

“If we start coning at 8 p.m. probably takes ’til 9 p.m., maybe 8:30 p.m. If we’re lucky to get all the cones down then they have to set up they have to mobilize. They can only do the really noisy work until midnight because of the people who live in the area,” Sluyter said.

Sunday and Monday are the only times this year all lanes along a portion of the H-1 Freeway eastbound will be closed completely.

“This week is only eastbound after that you’ll have both directions, one lane closing at 9 p.m., a second lane closing at 11 p.m.

The Department of Transportation has set up a project infoline (808) 735-7465 for updates about the road project.

For more information on the project, visit this website.

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