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March 21, 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 Monday, March 24 to Friday, March 28.

 

H-1 WAIAWA INTERCHANGE

 

The two far left eastbound lanes of the H-1 Freeway at the Waiawa Interchange (H-1/H-2 merge near Leeward Community College) will be closed overnight starting from 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 until 4 a.m. Wednesday, March 26 for preparation work of rail construction in the area later this year. The first H-1 eastbound lane will close at 8 p.m., with the second lane closing at 9 p.m.

 

WAIPAHU

 

Left turns from Farrington Highway onto Leoku Street (near Don Quijote) will be restricted from Monday, March 24 to Friday, March 28 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. during utility relocation work. Leoku Street motorists attempting to cross Farrington Highway during those same hours will also be detoured.

 

The westbound lanes of Farrington Highway fronting Westgate Shopping Plaza between Pupukahi Street and Waikele Road will be closed from Monday, March 24 to Friday, March 28 between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. for utility relocation work. Westbound drivers will be diverted to a temporary lane.

 

No lane closures will take place in the Waipahu area on Wednesday evening, March 26 because of the Prince Kuhio Day holiday.

PEARL CITY

 

Various parts of the outside lanes along Kamehameha Highway in both directions in Pearl City and Aiea will be closed from Monday, March 24 to Friday, March 28 between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. as part of utility line work.

 

Overnight lane closures will take place along Kamehameha Highway between Waimano Home Road and Kuala Street from Monday, March 24 to Friday, March 28 between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. for utility relocation work:

  • Two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway will be closed during those hours.
  • The intersection of Acacia Road and Kamehameha Highway will also be closed on those same weeknights beginning at 9 p.m.

 

Two westbound lanes of Kamehameha Highway between Waimano Home Road and Puu Poni Street will be closed overnight from Monday, March 24 to Friday, March 28 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 24 to Friday, March 28 between 9 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.

 

AIEA

 

Lane closures will take place along Kamehameha Highway between Hekaha and Kanuku streets near Best Buy:

  • 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 24 to Friday, March 28 between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
  • One westbound lane of Kamehameha Highway will be closed Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 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 23 to Thursday, March 27 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 22 and Sunday, March 23 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 23 to Thursday, March 27 between 9:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. for soil testing:

  • Left lane of Nimitz Highway in both eastbound and westbound directions between Nuuanu Avenue and Kekaulike Street.

 

Intermittent lane closures will take place at the following locations in Kaka'ako from Monday, March 24 to Friday, March 28 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for electrical testing work:

  • Punchbowl Street between Halekauwila Street and Ala Moana Boulevard
  • Pohukaina Street in either the eastbound or westbound directions between Punchbowl Street and Coral Street
  • Southbound lanes of Cooke Street between Queen Street and Pohukaina Street
  • One eastbound lane of Waimanu Street between Queen Street and Pensacola Street
  • One southbound lane of Pensacola Street between Kona Street and Waimanu 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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