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November 15, 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.  (See map here.)

 

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 westbound 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 westbound between the Ewa/Waipahu and East Kapolei regions by using either Kapolei Parkway or the H-1 Freeway.

 

Motorists will still be able to travel eastbound along that section of Farrington Highway, and will be detoured onto the Old Fort Weaver Road intersection near the Kahi Mohala Behavioral Center.

 

The contractor is scheduled to close that stretch of Farrington Highway in both directions the evening of Monday, November 25 until April of next year for utility relocation and column work as part of the elevated rail guideway (see attached map).

 

Daytime east- and westbound lane closures will take place along Farrington Highway in Waipahu at the following locations from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.:

  • Between Kahualii Street and Waiawa Road for utility relocation work

 

Nighttime east- and westbound lane closures will take place along Farrington Highway in Ewa and Waipahu at the following locations from Sunday, November 17 to Thursday, November 21 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

 

The westbound lanes of Farrington Highway in Waipahu between Leokane and Leoku streets will be closed from Sunday, November 17 to Thursday, November 21 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. for utility work:

  • Drivers travelling west-bound on Farrington Highway will be contraflowed between Leokane and Leoku streets

 

Daytime lane closures will take place in Kapolei from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for utility work:

  • The right southbound lane of Kalaeloa Boulevard near Opakapaka Street

 

Kamehameha Highway Section (Pearl City to Aloha Stadium)

The left eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City between Kuleana Road and the HECO-Waiau power plant will be closed until mid-December as part of utility relocation and drill shaft test work:

  • All three westbound 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 restricted.

 

Nighttime lane closures will take place next week in Pearl City along Kamehameha Highway in both directions between Hekaha Street and Kanuku Street (near Best Buy) from Sunday, November 17 to Thursday, November 21 between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. for utility relocation work:

  • Drivers heading eastbound along Kamehameha Highway will not be allowed to turn left onto Kanuku Street or make U-turns

 

Daytime lane closures will take place next week near Aloha Stadium at the following location from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22 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

 

Airport Section (Aloha Stadium to Kalihi)

Lane closures will take place in the airport area at the following locations from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Kamehameha Highway westbound near Halawa Drive
  • Kamehameha Highway eastbound near Middle Street
  • Left-turn pocket of Dillingham Boulevard east-bound near Middle Street for utility testing

 

City Center Section (Kalihi to Ala Moana Center)

Lane closures will take place in Kalihi at the following locations from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both east- and westbound directions between Laumaka Street and Mokauea Street
  • Left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both east- and westbound directions from Kalihi Street to Kaaahi Street
  • Right lanes of Kaaahi Street in both directions near Kaaahi Place

 

Overnight lane closures will take place in downtown Honolulu at the following locations from Sunday, November 17 to Thursday, November 21 between 8:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. for utility survey work:

  • Left lanes of Nimitz Highway in both east- and westbound directions from near Iwilei Road to 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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