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APEC traffic delays, freeway closures expected through Nov. 15

Source: Phil Suh Source: Phil Suh
Source: Phil Suh Source: Phil Suh
Source: Phil Suh Source: Phil Suh

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Several world leaders arrived Friday morning for APEC.

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, Philippines president Benigno Aquino III and President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Friday morning.

Drivers saw minimal traffic delays. The eastbound lanes of the H-1 were temporarily closed for Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.

Honolulu city officials continue to warn residents that major traffic delays, including temporary closures of major roads like the H-1 freeway, will continue through Nov. 15 as visiting dignitaries in Hawaii for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit travel throughout Oahu.

Roads will be closed on several occasions over the weekend, including the arrival of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Friday evening and the shuttling of APEC participants and economy leaders between Waikiki and Ko Olina on Sunday.

Following the arrival of People's Republic of China President Hu Jintao Thursday morning, authorities closed the H-1 Freeway and certain other roads between the airport and Waikiki for approximately 40 minutes. Other road closures may be shorter or significantly longer, depending on the circumstances.

"We strongly urge the public monitor the news media and other information sources prior to getting on the road," said DTS Director Wayne Y. Yoshioka. "However, some movements requiring road closures may be unannounced. The City continues to remind the public to please plan for significant delays."

The Department of Transportation is also alerting local residents that APEC-related closures of Kapiolani Boulevard between Atkinson Drive and Kalakaua Avenue and Atkinson Drive between Kona Street and Kapiolani Boulevard will continue on Friday. Accordingly, TheBus routes 3, 9, and A will continue to be detoured.

The implementation of security measures will also cause weekend bus detours involving TheBus routes 8, 19, 20, 42, E, 23, 24, 201, 202, and 203. 

The Department of Transportation is also alerting local residents that APEC-related closures of Kapiolani Boulevard between Atkinson Drive and Kalakaua Avenue and Atkinson Drive between Kona Street and Kapiolani Boulevard will continue on Friday. Accordingly, TheBus routes 3, 9, and A will continue to be detoured.

Security measures will be implemented on Ala Moana Boulevard, Koko Head of Atkinson Drive from 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov.11.  This will require implementation of the weekend bus detours involving TheBus routes 8, 19, 20, 42, E, 23, 24, 201, 202, and 203. 

Routes 19, 20, 42, and E will end at Ala Moana Center instead of continuing into Waikiki.  Routes 23 and 24 will finish in Waikiki instead of at Ala Moana Center. Route 8 will continue to connect Ala Moana Center and Waikiki, but will use Kalakaua Avenue instead of Ala Moana Boulevard.  Anyone traveling on routes 19, 20, 42 and E must transfer to route 8 in order to complete their trip to Waikiki. Those heading to Ala Moana will also need to transfer to route 8. Routes 201, 202, and 203 will be rerouted to enter Waikiki via Kapahulu.

Officials are urging motorists to drive with caution and prepare for long delays, suggesting that drivers leave early for their destinations.

Additional traffic information is available at www.honolulu.gov.

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