FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 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 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.
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 lane closures will take place near Waipahu at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and Waipahu Street on Monday, November 4 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.:
- One of the two northbound lanes on Kamehameha Highway will be closed while workers install traffic cameras at the intersection. The cameras will help monitor traffic flow during the construction work.
- One north-bound lane of Kamehameha Highway will remain open during the installation work. Motorists will still be able to turn left onto Waipahu Street.
Daytime east- and west-bound lane closures will take place along Farrington Highway in Waipahu at the following locations from Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8 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, November 3 to Thursday, November 7 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)
The left east-bound lane of Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City between Kuleana Road and the HECO-Waiau power plant will be closed starting Monday evening, November 4 until mid-December as part of utility relocation and drill shaft test work:
- Left turns from Kuleana Road onto Kamehameha Highway will be restricted during the duration of work. Left turns from Kamehameha Highway into the HECO plant will also be restricted.
- All three west-bound lanes of Kamehameha Highway in the area will remain open during the test shaft work.
In preparation for the 24/7 lane closure, crews will restripe the lanes along Kamehameha Highway between Puu Poni Street and Kaahumanu Street from Sunday, November 3 to Thursday, November 7 between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. The highway lanes are being reconfigured to provide a wider median and safe work zone for crews during the test shaft work:
- Crews will begin restriping the east-bound lanes of Kamehameha Highway each evening at 7:30 p.m. and the west-bound lanes at 10 p.m.
- Left turns onto and from Kuleana Road will be restricted during the restriping 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.
Daytime lane closures will take place next week near Aloha Stadium at the following location from Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8 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
Airport Section (Aloha Stadium to Kalihi)
Lane closures will take place in the Pearl Harbor area at the following location in the westbound direction from Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for soil testing:
- Right lane of Kamehameha Highway near Halawa Drive
Lane closures will take place in the airport area at the following location in the east-bound direction from Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for soil testing:
- Right lane of Kamehameha Highway near Middle Street
Lane closures will take place in the airport area at the following location from Tuesday, November 5 to Friday, November 8 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for utility survey work:
- Aolele Street between Rodgers Boulevard and Lagoon Drive in both the east- and west-bound directions
City Center Section (Kalihi to Ala Moana Center)
Lane closures will take place in Kalihi at the following locations from Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for soil testing:
- Left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both east- and west-bound directions between Puuhale Road and Mokauea Street
- Left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both east- and west-bound directions between Kalihi Street and Colburn Street near the Kapalama Canal
- Left lane of Dillingham Boulevard in the east-bound direction between Alakawa Street and Kaaahi Street
- West-bound left-turn lane on Dillingham Boulevard (into the Costco parking lot)
between Kaaahi Street and Alakawa Street
For updates on work days and times, visit the project website at www.honolulutransit.org or contact our hotline at 566-2299.