Lane closures snarl late night traffic

Getting home Tuesday night was not easy for folks who live in Central and West Oahu.

It was slow-going in the westbound direction on the H-1 Freeway because several lanes were closed while crews worked on the deck widening project.

This affected many people who attended Waipahu High School’s graduation ceremony at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

“I know they’re doing it for the better of the island but it’s kind of hectic on us locals,” Zamorah Griffin of Kapolei said.

The State Department of Transportation says three right lanes will be closed on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Pearl City/Waimalu off-ramp and the Waipahu off-ramp on Tuesday night through Friday morning, from 7:30 p.m., with a fourth lane closing at 10:30 p.m.  All lanes will reopen at 4:30 a.m.  Work crews will be utilizing a heavy construction crane to lift three support girders into position, necessary for the viaduct deck widening.

Kamehameha Highway is usually an alternate option for drivers, but not this week.  The Honolulu Rail Transit project will also be closing two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane along Kamehameha Highway between Kuleana Road and Kuala Street in Pearl City on Tuesday night through Friday morning, from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. for utility relocation and excavation work.

“We do try to adjust our schedule while working with HDOT.  Sometimes we may delay closing a lane or two especially with a busy thoroughfare like Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City,” HART Spokesman Scott Ishikawa said.

But that isn’t the case this week.

“We ask the drivers for their patience and understanding during the work,” Ishikawa said.

Drivers can use Moanalua Road as an alternate route.

And in town, the H-1 Rehab project continues this week.  Due to the rain, the DOT canceled the work that was planned for the westbound direction, but the eastbound work continued.

The DOT says there will be a full freeway closure for the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction from the Likelike Highway off-ramp to the Pali Highway on-ramp from 8 p.m. till 5 a.m. nightly through Friday morning.  And in the westbound direction, two right lanes will be closed between the Vineyard Boulevard off-ramp and the Palama Street off-ramp during that same time.

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