H1 rehab's final phase begins, hampered by rainy start
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The final phase of H-1 rehab project was expected to begin Monday with full lane closures starting at 8 p.m. However, rainy weather conditions have resulted in only the partial closure of the eastbound freeway. One lane in the far left will remain open, while the two right lanes will be closed from 8 p.m.
Starting on Tuesday, the full closures will begin in the eastbound direction for several weeks and then switch to the westbound direction.
"This final phase will involve closures of H-1 between Likelike Highway and Ward Avenue," said Alvin Takeshita, administrator for the Hawaii Department of Transportation Highways.
The closures happen Sunday nights through Friday mornings from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m.
Eastbound - Two lanes will be closed from the Likelike to Ward Avenue beginning at 8 p.m. One through lane will remain open.
Westbound - Two lanes will be closed; shifting lane closures will be in effect from 9 p.m.
NOTE: (Last off-ramp: Likelike; next on-ramp: Ward Ave. From airport viaduct: take Nimitz or Dillingham. Middle St on-ramp will be closed.)
The extensive rehabilitation project is two months ahead of schedule and on budget. It is set to finish in July at a cost of $42 million.
Once completed, the stretch will feature re-paved roadways, re-striped lanes going from three to four lanes, improved lighting and drainage, and updated infrastructure.
The goal of the rehab project is to upgrade one of the most heavily used corridors on Oahu.
The closures will rotate every few weeks and may include closures in both directions in the last few weeks of the project. "As the project nears completion, the HDOT once again thanks the public for driving safely through the construction zone and for their patience as we work to improve the state's highway infrastructure," said HDOT Director Glenn Okimoto.