Why Friday’s freeway gridlock was worse than usual

A view of Moanalua Freeway in Red Hill

Gridlock on the H-1 Freeway heading west-bound was especially heavy Friday afternoon.

There may have been three possible reasons. Friday normally sees a higher volume of traffic as people leave the office early.

Then, there was roadwork. The right-hand lane was closed between the Waimalu off-ramp to Waipahu off-ramp for road widening and utility installations.

The gridlock prompted the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to get crews off the road prior to their scheduled end time of 2:30 p.m.

The DOT said that there were 17 accidents and/or stalls between noon and 4:30 p.m. in the westbound H-1/H-201 corridor. They said that on a similar traffic backup on Wed., 11/5, there were 23 incidents through the same area.

Finally, HHSAA Division I and II football championships were scheduled for Friday night at Aloha Stadium with an expected attendance of 25,000. Gates opened at 3 p.m. with kick-offs slated for 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

“From Moanalua Gardens to right here at Bravo’s took me a little over an hour,” said Makiki resident Marisa Yagi. “I heard on the news that there was some kind of event at the stadium, so I figured it’d be bad. I didn’t think it would be that bad, but yeah, it took a while.”

Hawaii Kai resident Michael Sullivan estimated it took him at least one-and-a-half hours to get from Valkenburgh Street to Pearlridge Center.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit says there will be lane closures Friday night on Kamehameha Highway through Pearl City, but that won’t begin until 9 p.m.

H-1 Freeway at the Middle Street overpass
H-1 Freeway at the Middle Street overpass

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