HART adjusts lane closures in light of heavy westbound traffic

Westbound drivers on Oahu sat through hours of traffic Wednesday.

The backlog began early in the afternoon and increased as the day progressed into rush hour.

The gridlock prompted officials with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to push back scheduled lane closures near the H-1, H-2 merge. The closures, which were supposed to begin at 8 p.m. began an hour later at 9 p.m.

Officials then evaluated traffic to see when additional lanes could be closed.

Click through our interactive traffic map below to view the latest conditions:

Traffic was slow-going on both the H-1 and Moanalua freeways, from the H-1, H-2 merge through the H-1 and Middle Street.

Drivers didn’t find any relief on alternate routes either. Kamehameha Highway, Moanalua Road and Nimitz Highway were jammed as well.

Mike Aoki, who was waiting to catch the bus on Nimitz Highway, said he expected to get home at “probably 6, 7 o’clock tonight, which I dread, almost a three-and-a-half, four-hour commute for me from here to Waipio Gentry.”

Honolulu police recorded just a few incidents: a minor two-vehicle accident on Moanalua Freeway near the Stadium offramp and another on the H-1 Freeway near the Waimalu offramp.

Both occurred shortly after 2 p.m.

According to Hawaii Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara, all westbound lane closures in the Pearl City area also opened before 2 p.m., which is more than half-an-hour earlier than scheduled.

It was also raining in Makakilo, Kunia and Waikele.

Thursday is Prince Kuhio Day, which is a state holiday observed by many in Hawaii. Traffic before a holiday is typically heavier than usual due to people leaving work early.

These factors may have contributed to Wednesday’s backlog.

Nimitz Highway
Nimitz Highway

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