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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 18, 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 construction and design 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 Loop is closed in the west-bound direction as part of rail construction. The closure is needed to allow workers to safely relocate major utility lines located along the narrow two-lane highway.

  • Drivers will still be able to travel west-bound between the Ewa/Waipahu region and East Kapolei by using either Kapolei Parkway or the H-1 Freeway.
  • The public will also be able to access the Aloun Farms pumpkin patch during the last two weekends of October via Farrington Highway through Kualakai Parkway.

 

Motorists will still be able to travel east-bound along that section of Farrington Highway, and will be detoured onto the Old Fort Weaver Road intersection near the Kahi Mohala Behavioral Center. Following the utility relocation work, the contractor is scheduled to re-close that section of Farrington Highway in both directions later this year for column construction as part of the planned rail guideway.

 

Daytime east- and west-bound lane closures will take place along Farrington Highway in Waipahu from Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Between Kahualii Street and Waiawa Road
  • Maintenance crews will work along various sections of Farrington Highway in Waipahu. During the work, the contractor's vehicles may be temporarily parked in the highway lanes, causing a slight slowdown in traffic flow.

 

Nighttime east- and west-bound lane closures will take place along Farrington Highway in the Ewa and Waipahu area from Sunday, October 20 to Thursday, October 24 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. for utility location and relocation work:

  • Between Old Fort Weaver Road and Mokuola Street
  • One lane in each direction of Farrington Highway in Waipahu will remain open at all times during the utility relocation work.

 

Kamehameha Highway Section (Pearl City to Aloha Stadium)

 

Daytime closures will take place from Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following location for maintenance work:

  • Inside lane of the H-1/Moanalua Freeway on-ramp along Kamehameha Highway near Aloha Stadium

 

Airport Section (Aloha Stadium to Kalihi)

 

Lane closures will take place in the Pearl Harbor and airport areas from Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following locations in the west-bound direction for soil testing work:

  • Alternating closures between the right and left lane of Kamehameha Highway near Halawa Drive
  • Left lane of Kamehameha Highway near H-1 Freeway to Nimitz Highway
  • Left lane of Kamehameha Highway near Middle Street

 

Lane closures will take place in the Pearl Harbor and airport areas from Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following location in the east­bound direction for soil testing work:

  • Right lane of Kamehameha Highway near Middle Street

 

City Center Section (Kalihi to Ala Moana Center)

 

Lane closures will take place in the Kalihi area from Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following locations in the east- and west-bound directions for soil testing work:

  • Left lane of Kamehameha Highway near Nimitz Highway to Mokauea Street
  • Left lane of Kamehameha Highway between Kalihi Street and McNeill Street

 

Moving lane closures will take place in downtown Honolulu on Monday, October 21 and Tuesday, October 22 between 8:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. at the following location for survey work:

  • East and west-bound directions of Nimitz Highway between Iwilei Road and Richards 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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