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HART reopens eastbound lanes of Farrington Highway in West Oahu

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Rail workers have received enough complaints that it's prompting change in the construction. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) announced today it will re-open east bound lanes of Farrington Highway instead of keeping it completely closed for the next six months.

Starting at 2:00 Monday afternoon the city opened up the eastbound or town bound lane of Farrington Highway, although it is temporary. In a few months it will be closed again when crews build the columns for the train tracks in the area.

Apparently voicing your complaints works because a number of you called with concerns about traffic and Hart is listening. The east bound lanes of Farrington Highway will be detoured to Old Fort Weaver Road around the main work area.

"We were trying not to stretch out the construction over a longer period of time but based on the complaints so far we decided why don't we try to alleviate the pressure on the east bound lanes for now and alleviate some of the pressure on the H1," said Scott Ishikawa, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Spokesperson.

Construction workers are moving a 30 inch water pipe. It's a long trench which is why westbound lanes will still be closed 24/7 until March. However they found a way to safely reroute east bound traffic.

"I think what we're trying to do is find a balance between safety and convenience and we're hoping this will be a happy medium for now," said Ishikawa.

If people are complaining about traffic now in the rural area, what's it going to be like in heavily populated areas of Honolulu?

"Obviously there will be some impacts with this construction but we're going to try to do some of the work at night where I think that will be a minimal disruption compared to the day," said Ishikawa.

Crews are already working throughout the route including in Waipahu, near the Honolulu International Airport and by Aloha Stadium.

"They are looking at ways to reduce that congestion by avoiding construction in the early morning and during rush hour traffic, maybe trying to push the construction later into the afternoon, working on weekends when there is less traffic. All of these things are being looked at," said Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu Mayor.

As was the case for Farrington Highway, they say they will listen to those complaints from drivers.

Mayor Caldwell spoke with us from Chicago where he spoke at the public transit conference. He also spoke with Federal Transit Administration leader Peter Rogoff who reaffirmed support for the rail project.

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