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January 17, 2014

 

Traffic Advisory: Lane closures for Honolulu rail transit project

 

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) would like to inform drivers about lane closures next week related to design and construction work for the Honolulu rail transit project. Motorists are advised that work along the 20-mile rail route from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center will require lane closures during non-peak traffic hours.

 

For the safety of both the work crews and motorists, the public is advised to proceed with caution through these areas. Drivers should anticipate possible traffic delays or use alternate routes during work hours, and provide a safe distance between their vehicles and workers and equipment:

 

West Oahu/Farrington Highway Section (East Kapolei to Waipahu)

 

Farrington Highway in Ewa between Kualakai Parkway (North-South Road) and Old Fort Weaver Road is closed in both directions until April for utility relocation and column work for the elevated rail guideway.

 

The 24/7 road closure allows work crews to safely relocate major utility lines along a narrow two-lane stretch of Farrington Highway, just west of the Kahi Mohala Behavioral Center. Following the utility relocation work, project contractor Kiewit will conduct shaft and column work as part of the planned rail guideway near that section of highway. Drivers traveling between East Kapolei and the Ewa/Waipahu region will still be able to use either the H-1 Freeway on the north end of Kualakai Parkway, or Kapolei Parkway on the south end. Motorists who routinely use Farrington Highway in Ewa should provide themselves extra time for their commute.

 

Also in Ewa, the Farrington Highway westbound left-turn lane onto the Fort Weaver Road on-ramp will be closed at the following days and times. Special duty police officers will direct motorists along a short detour to Fort Weaver Road:

  • Saturday, January 18, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. the following day.
  • Sunday, January 19 to Friday, January 24 between 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. the following day.

The westbound lanes of Farrington Highway in Waipahu between Leokane Street and Pupukahi Street will be closed from Sunday, January 19 to Thursday, January 23 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. for utility relocation work.

  • One lane in each direction of Farrington Highway will be open at all times during the work. Westbound drivers will be detoured to a temporary lane

West Oahu/Farrington Highway Section (East Kapolei to Waipahu)

 

Various lane closures will take place along Farrington Highway fronting Waipahu High School near Kahualii Street during the following dates and times:

  • One eastbound lane from Monday, January 20 to Wednesday, January 22 between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
  • Both eastbound lanes on Thursday, January 23 between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. the next morning. Drivers will be redirected to a temporary lane.
  • One eastbound lane from Wednesday, January 22 to Friday, January 24 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Kamehameha Highway Section (Pearl City to Aloha Stadium)

 

Overnight lane closures will take place at the following location along Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City from Monday, January 20 to Friday, January 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.:

  • Two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway between Waimano Home Road and Kuala Street, including the left-turn lane into Home Depot.

Lane closures will take place at the following location along Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City from Monday, January 20 to Friday, January 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.:

  • Two westbound lanes near the HECO-Waiau power plant between Kuleana Road and Kaahumanu Street

The inside eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway in Aiea between Hekaha and Kanuku streets and the eastbound left-turn lane at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and Kanuku Street will be closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week until mid-March for drill shaft test work:

  • Two westbound lanes of Kamehameha Highway will be closed from Monday, January 20 to Friday, January 24 between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
  • One westbound lane of Kamehameha Highway in the area will also be closed from Monday, January 20 to Friday, January 24 between 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The inside lane of the H-1/Moanalua Freeway on-ramp along Kamehameha Highway near Aloha Stadium from Monday, January 20 to Friday, January 24 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

  • The Moanalua Freeway on-ramp will be closed overnight from Tuesday, January 21 to Friday, January 24 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

Airport Section (Aloha Stadium to Kalihi)

 

Lane closures will take place near the airport area from Tuesday, January 21 to Friday, January 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Eastbound right lane of Nimitz Highway off-ramp to Kamehameha Highway between Lagoon Drive and Kalihi Stream.
  • No work is scheduled on Monday, January 20, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

City Center Section (Kalihi to Ala Moana Center)

 

Lane closures will take place in Kalihi at the following locations from Tuesday, January 21 to Friday, January 24 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Left lanes of Kamehameha Highway in both the eastbound and westbound directions between Middle Street and Puuhale Road
  • Left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both the eastbound and westbound directions between Mokauea Street and McNeill Street
  • Left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both the eastbound and westbound directions between Waiakamilo Road and Kaaahi Street
  • Right eastbound lanes of Kaaahi Street between Dillingham Boulevard and Kaaahi Place
  • No work is scheduled on Monday, January 20, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Lane closures will take place overnight in downtown Honolulu along Nimitz Highway on Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 23 between 8:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. the next morning for utility survey work:

  • Left lanes of Nimitz Highway in both the eastbound and westbound directions between Sumner Street and Richards Street

Lane closures will take place in Kakaako at the following locations from Tuesday, January 21 to Friday, January 24 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Parking lanes on both sides of Halekauwila Street between Richards Street and Punchbowl Street
  • Right westbound parking lane of Halekauwila Street between Coral Street and South Street
  • No work is scheduled on Monday, January 20, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

For updates on work days and times, visit the project website at http://www.honolulutransit.org/ or contact our hotline at 566-2299.

 

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