HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Thursday plans to postpone construction-related lane closures during daylight hours on major highways on Monday, August 20, through Friday, August 24, to alleviate traffic congestion during the week when approximately 40,000 university, college, and private school students begin their fall semesters.
"We want to remind motorists to expect additional traffic on our roadways, especially beginning Monday, August 20," said DOT Director Glenn Okimoto. "57,000 university and private school students will be returning to classes throughout the month of August, so we encourage people to make use of alternative modes of transportation like carpooling, bicycling, walking or riding TheBus to avoid the increased traffic."
To help maintain traffic flow with the added congestion, DOT also announced that ridership requirements for the H-1 Freeway ZipperLane and the Nimitz Highway Contraflow Lane will be modified beginning on Monday, August 13.
Vehicles with two or more passengers will be able to use the lanes for the full operating hours from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m., during weekday morning rush-hours.
"The ZipperLane ridership changes will help to balance the traffic flow by maximizing the use of all available lanes into the Honolulu area," said Okimoto. "The changes will begin on Monday, August 13, to give motorists an extra week to adjust their schedules to find the best possible fit."
Motorists are advised to adjust their commute times accordingly to avoid peak travel periods and are reminded to properly maintain and inspect their vehicles to avoid becoming potential road hazards.
Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) tow trucks will be on-duty to provide free emergency roadside service to keep traffic moving on the H-1, H-2 and H-201 Moanalua Freeways between the Kunia, Waipio, and University areas from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, excluding holidays. Stranded motorists can call FSP at 841-HELP (4357).