HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking for the public's assistance in stopping the theft of copper wiring on the H-3 Freeway.
The DOT says that sometime in late April, electrical copper wiring on the H-3 Freeway was cut on the Halawa-side of the tunnels, near the Halawa Interchange.
The theft rendered all emergency callboxes and six traffic monitoring cameras on the Halawa-side of the tunnels inoperative. Fiber optic communications cabling was also cut, affecting control over electronic messageboards displaying tunnel lane closure information on the Halawa-side.
The copper wiring in several conduits was cut but not taken. Police reports have been filed and repairs to the wiring are pending.
Motorists who observe possible copper wiring thefts or suspicious activity are asked to call 911 and report the location to police immediately.