Drivers can breathe a sigh of relief.
The state’s $55 million H-1 Freeway Rehabilitation project is officially over.
The freeway was dedicated Friday at Bishop Museum, steps away from where overnight closures were done for 10 months.
State officials say the new fourth lane in both directions will increase traffic capacity by 25 percent.
“When I got that 4:30 a.m. text this morning saying it’s done, it’s striped, it’s ready to go, it was an awesome feeling. Definitely a sigh of relief,” said Department of Transportation deputy director Jadine Urasaki.
“It’s a great benefit in terms of safety, relieving congestion, using innovation and working in partnership with everyone including the public to make it happen quickly, on time and on budget,” said Mayela Sosa of the Federal Highway Administration, Hawaii Division.
The H-1 Rehab Project spanned from the vicinity of Middle Street to the vicinity of Ward Avenue and was completed mainly with nighttime work.
Work began on September 22, 2013, and included both partial and full overnight closures in both directions, and the widening of the Nuuanu Stream Bridge.
The project area averages approximately 200,000 vehicles daily, which precluded the use of daytime lane closures.
Also among the changes, the lanes are a little narrower — down from 12 feet wide to 10.
Besides resurfacing all lanes between Middle Street and Ward Avenue, crews also installed new LED lights, drainage and glare screens to increase highway safety.