Drivers endure 24-hour lane closures on Kamehameha Hwy.

Kamehameha Hwy.
Kamehameha Hwy.

A two-mile stretch of Farrington Hwy. will reopen Wednesday. The road had been closed since November so workers could set up columns for Honolulu’s rail transit.

Then next phase of work, however, is causing headaches for drivers in Pearl City. Twenty-four-hour lane closures are in effect along Kamehameha Hwy. through next Monday so crews can widen the highway before columns are placed in the median later this year.

The widening of the road means bus stops need to be moved, so workers will also be doing bus pad concrete work. The concrete will take about a week to cure.

“We did notify the community about the upcoming lane closure, but there are going to be people who didn’t hear about this,” said Scott Ishikawa, spokesperson for Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. “As we go through the week, hopefully people will avoid that area and adjust their commute wherever possible. We do apologize for the inconvenience to the drivers.”

“I have to allow extra time so I feel like it’s a little bit more stressful,” said Pearl City resident Kirk Nakaki. “For today, I had to leave work a little bit earlier to get to the post office on time.”

The next big portion of the rail project will require overnight multiple lane closures for one year as crews place columns on the H-1 Freeway near the H-1/H-2 merge.

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