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Not everyone is dreading the H-1 Rehab Project

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The year-long H1 rehabilitation project is set to begin Sunday night.   On both Sunday and Monday, there will be a full freeway shutdown on H1 in the eastbound direction between Likelike Highway and Ward Avenue from 8pm to 4am.

"If at all possible, we'd like to avoid the area between Middle Street and the vicinity of Ward Avenue in the evening" said Department of Transportation spokesperson Carolyn Sluyter.

Traffic from both the H1 and the Moanalua Freeway will be diverted.   Those on the H1 will exit either at Dillingham Road or Nimitz Highway.   The suggested alternate route for those on the Moanalua Freeway is to exit Puuloa Road, then pick up Dillingham of Nimitz.

While travelers may be frustrated by this, some businesses are excited for the possibilities.

"The more people coming this way, the better" said Rolly Corpuz, a cook at Bobs Barbecue on Dillingham.

Ted Godward, Manager of the Zippy's on Nimitz, voiced a similar sentiment.

"We'd be more than happy to have the motorists who are a little tired of being stuck in traffic...maybe have a little time going home".

While the businesses are excited, the Sluyter and the DOT are asking for patience from the rest of the public.

"We really do thank the public for their patience.  We understand this will be an inconvenience for them while we do this work".

Of course, not everyone is inconvenienced.

"We don't know if more people will try to avoid it at that time of night if possible or not, but we can keep our fingers crossed for the best" said Godward, with a smile.


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