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March 14, 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:

 

EWA

 

Farrington Highway between Kualakai Parkway (North-South Road) and Old Fort Weaver Road is closed in both directions through 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. 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.

 

The contractor will conduct staggered lane closures of the eastbound and westbound lanes along Farrington Highway between the Kunia Road overpass and Old Fort Weaver Road Loop from Sunday, March 16 to Saturday, March 22. Drivers heading in either direction may be diverted to a temporary lane during the work.

 

H-1 WAIAWA INTERCHANGE

 

The left eastbound lane of the H-1 Freeway at the Waiawa Interchange (H-1/H-2 merge near Leeward Community College) will be closed overnight from 8 p.m. Sunday, March 16 until 4 a.m. Monday, March 17 for preparation work of rail construction in the area later this year.

 

WAIPAHU

 

The westbound lanes of Farrington Highway east of the Kunia overpass will be closed overnight from Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for utility relocation work.

The westbound lanes of Farrington Highway fronting Westgate Shopping Plaza between Pupukahi Street and Waikele Road will be closed from Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21 between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. for utility relocation work. Westbound drivers will be diverted to a temporary lane.

 

PEARL CITY

 

Overnight lane closures will take place along Kamehameha Highway between Waimano Home Road and Kuala Street from Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21 between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. for utility relocation work:

  • Two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway, including the left-turn lane into Home Depot, will be closed during those hours.

 

Two westbound lanes of Kamehameha Highway between Waimano Home Road and Puu Poni Street will be closed overnight from Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21 between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. the following morning.

Overnight lane closures will take place along Kamehameha Highway between Kuleana Road and Puu Poni Street near the HECO-Waiau power plant from Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21 between 8 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. for utility relocation work:

  • Only one westbound lane of Kamehameha Highway will be open during these hours. Westbound traffic will be diverted to a temporary lane along Kamehameha Highway during the closure.
  • Eastbound and westbound left turns from Kamehameha Highway at the intersection of Kuleana Road, along with U-turns, will also be restricted 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Two westbound lanes of Kamehameha Highway in the same vicinity will be closed weekdays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

 

AIEA

 

Lane closures will take place along Kamehameha Highway between Hekaha and Kanuku streets near Best Buy for drill shaft test work:

  • The inside eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway between Hekaha and Kanuku streets will be closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the end of March.

Lane closures will take place along Kamehameha Highway between Lipoa Place and Pali Momi Street near Pearl Kai Shopping Center:

  • The inside eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway between Lipoa Place and Pali Momi Street will be closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Two westbound lanes and an additional eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway in the same vicinity will be closed from Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21 between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
  • One westbound lane of Kamehameha Highway will be closed Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

SALT LAKE/ALOHA STADIUM

 

The H-1/Moanalua Freeway on-ramp along Kamehameha Highway near Aloha Stadium will be closed overnight from Wednesday, March 19 to Friday, March 21 between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning for relocation of heavy equipment. One lane of the H-1/Moanalua Freeway on-ramp will also be closed from Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

 

KALIHI/IWILEI

 

Overnight lane closures will take place at the following locations for soil testing:

  • The left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both the eastbound and westbound directions between Waiakamilo Road and Alakawa Street near Iwilei Costco from Sunday, March 16 to Thursday, March 20 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning.

 

DOWNTOWN/KAKAAKO

 

Road closures will take place this weekend in downtown Honolulu on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 between 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for trench work:

  • Punchbowl Street will be closed between Pohukaina Street and Ala Moana Boulevard. Drivers heading south on Punchbowl Street are asked to use either Halekauwila or Pohukaina streets as detours.

 

Overnight lane closures will take place in downtown Honolulu from Sunday, March 16 to Thursday, March 20 between 8:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. the following morning for soil testing:

  • Left lanes of Nimitz Highway in both eastbound and westbound directions between River Street and Punchbowl Street

 

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

 

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