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(Thurs., Nov. 10, 2011)—The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) is alerting motorists to anticipate the temporary closure of major roads, including the H-1 freeway, from time to time through November 15, as certain dignitaries in town for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit travel throughout Oahu.


Upcoming events involving temporary closures include the arrival of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama tomorrow evening (Fri., Nov. 11), and the transport of certain other APEC participant economy leaders between Waikiki and Ko Olina on Sunday, November 13, for the conclusion of the APEC Leader's Conference.


"We strongly urge the public monitor the news media and other information sources prior to getting on the road," said DTS Director Wayne Y. Yoshioka. "However, some movements requiring road closures may be unannounced. The City continues to remind the public to please plan for significant delays."


The H-1 and certain other roads between the airport area and Waikiki were closed for approximately 40 minutes this morning during rush hour for the arrival of People's Republic of China President Hu Jintao. Other road closures may be shorter or significantly longer, depending on the circumstances.


Motorists are advised to:

  • Leave early for your destination.
  • Take steps to prepare for a potential major delay.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good operating order and properly fueled.
  • Be sensitive to other drivers, obey traffic laws and follow the instructions of law enforcement.


Additional traffic information is available at , and links are posted there for the public to sign up for Nixle alerts or access the City's Twitter (@hnl_info or @hnldts-#APECalerts) and Facebook accounts. The public may also call 768-8305 between 7:45 am and 4:30 pm on non-holiday weekdays.


Media contact: Department of Transportation Services Director Wayne Y. Yoshioka 768-8303.