Traffic Advisory: Lane Closures for Honolulu Rail Transit Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 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.

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 inside lanes of Farrington Highway in both directions fronting Waipahu High School near Kahualii Street will be closed Sunday, Monday and Thursday (December 22, 23 and 26) between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. for street light relocation work. No work is scheduled for
Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, and Christmas Day,Wednesday December 25.

The outside lanes along Farrington Highway just west of the Kunia Road overpass will be closed will be closed Monday, Thursday and Friday (December 23, 26 and 27) between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for utility relocation work. No work is scheduled for Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24 and Christmas Day,Wednesday, December 25.

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 has been reopened to motorists for the remainder of the year.

  • U-turns or left turns from the westbound direction of Kamehameha Highway into the Diamond Head-side entrance of the HECOWaiau power plant will be restricted. Drivers heading westbound on Kamehameha Highway can still turn left onto Puu Poni Street.

The inside eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway between Hekaha and Kanuku streets and the eastbound left-turn lane at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and Kanuku Street will be closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week until mid-March as part of drill shaft test work:

  • One westbound lane of Kamehameha Highway will also be closed during the day from Monday, December 23 to Friday, December 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • No work is scheduled for Christmas Day,Wednesday, December 25.
  • Motorists are asked to drive carefully through the area and be aware of shifting traffic lanes as part of restriped lanes.

Airport Section (Aloha Stadium to Kalihi)

No weekly lane closures scheduled along the airport section of the rail alignment.

City Center Section (Kalihi to Ala Moana Center)

Lane closures will take place in Kalihi at the following location on Monday, December 23, Thursday, December 26 and Friday, December 27 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Center eastbound lane of Kaaahi Street between Dillingham Boulevard and Kaaahi Place

Lane closures will take place in Kaka`ako at the following locations on Monday, December 23, Thursday, December 26 and Friday, December 27 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Eastbound parking lane of Halekauwila Street between Punchbowl Street and Keawe Street
  • Westbound parking lane of Halekauwila Street between Keawe Street and South 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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