Zipper Lane, Nimitz Hwy. express lane will be open on Statehood Day

The Zipper Lane and Nimitz Highway express lane will be open and available for use on Statehood Day, Aug. 18.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is opening them up as a pilot project to examine the potential benefits of opening the Zipper Lane on certain state holidays.

“This test case will allow us to determine whether opening of the Zipper Lane during state holidays will improve quality of life for Oahu commuters,” said DOT director Ford Fuchigami.

Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara adds that Statehood Day is “one of those state holidays where we do see that the volumes don’t necessarily drop off all that much, so that’s what we’ll be looking at this Friday to see if that’s the continuing trend.”

The Zipper Lane hours are from 5:30 to 9 a.m. weekdays and certain holidays for vehicles with two or more occupants, vehicles with the electric vehicle license plates, and motorcycles.

The Nimitz Highway express lane will be open for its regular hours from 5:30 to 9 a.m.

Last summer, the state added a second Zipper Lane from the H1/H2 merge to the Pearl Harbor area, which increased usage 20 percent and reduced the amount of vehicles in the single occupancy lanes.

The other contraflow operations and shoulder lanes in the state will not be activated for the holiday.

The other High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes will be open for single occupancy vehicles on the holiday.

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