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December 6, 2013

 

Traffic Advisory: Lane closures for Honolulu rail transit project

 

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) wants to inform drivers of lane closures next week related to design and construction work for the Honolulu rail transit project. Motorists are advised of work along the 20-mile rail route from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center that 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 themselves and the 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 of next year for utility  relocation and column work as part of the elevated rail guideway (see map here).

 

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 access either side by using 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.

 

The eastbound lanes of Farrington Highway in Waipahu near Kahualii Street will be closed from Sunday, December 8 to Tuesday, December 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. for street light relocation work.

  • Eastbound drivers during the work will be diverted to temporary lanes on Farrington Highway.

 

The inside lanes of Farrington Highway in Waipahu near Kahualii Street will be closed from Tuesday, December 10 to Thursday, December 12 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for street light relocation work.

 

The following lanes along Farrington Highway near Leoku Street will be closed from Sunday, December 8 to Thursday, December 12 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for utility relocation work:

  • The inside lanes of Farrington Highway in both directions near the intersection of Leoku Street
  • The two eastbound left-turn lanes along Farrington Highway at the intersection of Leoku Street

 

Kamehameha Highway Section (Pearl City to Aloha Stadium)

 

The inside eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City between Kuleana Road and the HECO-Waiau power plant will be closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week until mid-January as part of utility relocation and drill shaft test work:

  • Two westbound and two eastbound lanes of Kamehameha Highway in the area will remain open during the test shaft work.
  • Left turns from Kamehameha Highway into the Diamond Head-side entrance of the HECO Waiau power plant will be closed. Drivers can turn left at Puu Poni Street.

 

The inside eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway between Hekaha and Kanuku Streets and left turn from Kamehameha Highway onto Kanuku St will be closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week until mid-January as part of drill shaft test work:

  • One westbound lane will be closed during the daytime from Monday, December 9 to Friday, December 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Two westbound lanes and an additional eastbound lane will be closed Sunday, December 8 to Thursday, December 12 during the evening. The eastbound lanes will be closed from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and the westbound lanes will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
  • The westbound left turn from Kamehameha Highway into Best Buy will be temporarily closed overnight to transport heavy equipment from 10 p.m. Wednesday, December 11 until 5 a.m. Thursday, December 12.

 

Daytime lane closures will take place next week near Aloha Stadium at the following location from Monday, December 9 to Friday, December 13 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for test shaft work:

  • Inside lane of the H-1/Moanalua Freeway on-ramp along Kamehameha Highway near Aloha Stadium
  • The H-1/Moanalua Freeway on-ramp will be closed overnight on Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 to transport heavy equipment. The freeway ramp closure will begin each night at 10 p.m. and run until 5:30 a.m. the next morning. Drivers will be detoured to Pearl Ridge or Moanalua Road during the ramp closure.

 

Airport Section (Aloha Stadium to Kalihi)

 

No lane closures scheduled along the airport section of the rail alignment from Monday, December 9 to Friday, December 13.

 

City Center Section (Kalihi to Ala Moana Center)

 

Lane closures will take place in Kalihi at the following locations from Monday, December 9 to Friday, December 13 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Left eastbound lane of Dillingham Boulevard between Alakawa Street and Kaaahi Street
  • Left westbound lane of Dillingham Boulevard between Kaaahi Street and Alakawa Street
  • Right eastbound lane of Kaaahi Street between Dillingham Boulevard and Kaaahi Place

 

Lane closures will take place in Kaka'ako at the following locations from Monday, December 9 to Friday, December 13 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Curbside parking lane of Halekauwila Street in the eastbound direction between Punchbowl and Keawe Street
  • Curbside parking lane of Halekauwila Street in the westbound direction between Keawe Street and South Street
  • Right eastbound lanes of Halekauwila Street between Cooke Street and Ward Avenue
  • Left westbound lane of Halekauwila Street between Ward Avenue and Cooke 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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