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October 25, 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 and East Kapolei regions 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 weekend 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 at the following locations from Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.:

  • Between Kahualii Street and Waiawa Road for utility relocation work
  • Maintenance crews will also 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 Ewa and Waipahu at the following locations from Sunday, October 27 to Thursday, October 31 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 work.

 

Kamehameha Highway Section (Pearl City to Aloha Stadium)

 

Daytime lane closures will take place next week near Aloha Stadium at the following locations between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for maintenance work:

  • Inside lane of the H-1/Moanalua Freeway on-ramp along Kamehameha Highway near Aloha Stadium on Monday, October 28
  • West-bound right shoulder of Kamehameha Highway near the H-1 Moanalua Freeway on-ramp from Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1

 

Nighttime closures will take place along Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City between Puu Poni Street and Kaahumanu Street from Sunday, October 27 to Thursday, October 31 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. for lane restriping:

  • Crews will restripe the highway lanes and will alternate the lane closures throughout the week between the outside and inside lanes near the HECO-Waiau Power Plant and Waiau Center.
  • One lane in each direction of Kamehameha Highway will remain open at all times during the work.
  • Left turns onto and from Kuleana Road will be restricted during the night work.
    Drivers are asked to access Kaahumanu Street or Puu Poni Street as a detour.
  • Please check TheBus's website at www.thebus.org on temporary bus stop relocations along Kamehameha Highway for the following stops: near the H-1 Freeway overpass, HECO-Waiau Power Plant, Kuleana Road, and Hila Place.

 

Airport Section (Aloha Stadium to Kalihi)

 

Lane closures will take place in the Pearl Harbor and airport areas at the following locations in the west-bound direction from Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Right lane of Kamehameha Highway near Halawa Drive
  • Left lane of Kamehameha Highway near the Nimitz Highway on-ramp

 

Lane closures will take place in the airport area at the following location in the east-bound direction from Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Right lane of Kamehameha Highway near Middle Street
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City Center Section (Kalihi to Ala Moana Center)

 

Lane closures will take place in Kalihi at the following locations from Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Left lanes of Kamehameha Highway in both east- and west-bound directions between Middle Street and Laumaka Street
  • Left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both east- and west-bound directions between Puuhale Road and McNeill Street
  • Left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both east- and west-bound directions between Waiakamilo Road and Kohou Street

 

Moving lane closures will take place in Kalihi and downtown Honolulu at the following locations from Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for survey work:

  • East- and west-bound directions of Dillingham Boulevard between Alakawa Street and North King Street
  • East- and west-bound directions of Halekauwila Street between Richards Street and Keawe 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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