APEC ALERT: Expect major traffic delays Thursday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Presidents, prime ministers, foreign secretaries and other world dignitaries will begin arriving in Honolulu Thursday.

The City says the arrivals also mean road closures and area restrictions will happen at a moment's notice.

On Wednesday, the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) sent out a news release reminding morning commuters to anticipate "temporary closures of major roads including H-1 Freeway or Nimitz Highway" on Thursday,  as certain dignitaries arrive and travel to Waikiki for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leader's Conference this weekend.

"If you plan to drive on Thursday morning, we strongly urge you to check with media or information sources prior to getting on the road," DTS director Wayne Y. Yoshioka said. "The City continues to remind the public to please plan ahead."

Recommendations for motorists include:

  • Avoid being on the road during that time, if possible.
  • If you need to be on the road during that time, leave early as possible.
  • Take steps to prepare for a potential major delay.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good operating order.
  • Be sensitive to other drivers and follow the instructions of law enforcement.

Similar closures will temporarily impact traffic throughout the Veteran's Day weekend, including Friday evening when President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to arrive in Honolulu to attend the APEC summit.

The City has temporarily turned Honolulu's traffic camera off for security reasons, if you see major traffic please tell us about it on our Facebook page.

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