Second balanced cantilever to require freeway lane closures, height clearance changes

A word of caution to West Oahu residents, especially those who drive into town regularly during the evening hours.

More lane closures will start next week due to rail construction.

A second balanced cantilever will be built over the H-1 Freeway near the Sears Distribution Center.

Much like the first cantilever project, the next one will be done above the freeway, which will close town-bound lanes from 6:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. starting next week.

“At no time will the entire road be closed but, for instance, if you were going to go town-bound in the middle of the night, you might actually see it shut down to one lane, just so you have a safe work zone for all the employees,” explained Dan Grabauskas, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation CEO.

Grabauskas says the overhead clearance will also be affected starting next week, so those who drive big rigs and military vehicles need to be aware.

The height clearance starts at 19 feet 5 inches from the inside lane and gradually decreases as you go out, down to 15 feet 6 inches in the outside lane and 14 feet 2 inches in the shoulder lane.

“It is going to be important for those who have big rigs and trucks to remember that during the day, particularly in the morning and in the afternoon, when we’re not closed, those lanes are going to be open, but we’re going to give warnings to the big rigs and truckers to please stay out of those far right-hand lanes,” Grabauskas said.

“If you have any doubts about the height of your vehicle, stay out of that right-hand lane and proper travel portion as well,” said Gareth Sakakida, Hawaii Transportation Association. “Our legal limit is 14 feet. You all know that, but again, any doubts, stay out of that right-hand lane.”

HART says the closures will last for six to eight weeks, but the entire project could take until the end of the year.

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