New road eases Kapolei traffic

Brennon Morioka
Brennon Morioka

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

KAPOLEI (KHNL) - Drivers, tired of the traffic on the westside of Oahu, now have some relief.

A new road opened today.

It only measures less than half a mile, but opening this portion of the North-South Road in Kapolei, is a big relief for drivers.

Take it from Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona.

"I'm very excited," he said.

The 17-year-Kapolei resident knows first-hand about the morning commute to downtown.

"It can take anywhere from an hour to 40 mins," he said.

But now, he and others, have a new option. The North-South Road's Diamond Interchange connects Farrington Highway to the H-1 freeway, cutting 5-10 minutes off their travel time.

"Just this project alone, this short phase will really open up the entire region and provide relief to a lot of people in Kapolei who sit in traffic right now trying to get onto the H-1 and Makakilo Drive," said Brennon Morioka with the Dept. Of Transportation.

It's part of a $155 million effort to ease congestion on the westside. Crews are still working on this road and early next year, another portion will open. The road will stretch from the H-1 to Kapolei Parkway.

The DOT is also working on other projects to help traffic. The Kapolei interchange, which will provide another access to the H-1, will be done in 2011.

They're also widening Fort Weaver Road in Ewa, which should be completed by next month.

"This is just one more step in opening up Kapolei and Ewa to a lot more opportunities and businesses for people to live and improve quality of life," said Morioka.

Helping them, spend as little time as possible, behind the wheel.