Rail work along Kamehameha Hwy. cancelled for graduations

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has cancelled the overnight lane closures that were scheduled for Wednesday along Kamehameha Hwy. in the Pearl City, Aiea and Aloha Stadium areas.

Spokesperson Scott Ishikawa said the decision was made after seeing KHON2’s reports on potential traffic jams caused by the combination of graduation ceremonies and road work.

Campbell High School will hold its graduation ceremony at Aloha Stadium on Wednesday night.

“It’s just tonight,” Ishikawa said. “There are too many ingredients for a perfect storm and we don’t want that to happen.

“I don’t have any answer to what the cost is to cancel one night of work, but we felt this was just the right thing to do,” he said. “It’s a special night for everyone and we want to keep it special.”

On Tuesday, traffic was backed up for miles in the westbound lanes on the H-1 Freeway after Waipahu High School’s graduation ceremony at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

Weeknight lane closures along Kamehameha Hwy. for rail construction will resume at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Aiea High School will be holding its graduation ceremony at Aloha Stadium on Friday, but with no scheduled work on the H-1 that night, Ishikawa said there is no foreseeable problem with traffic.

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