Full nighttime H-1 freeway closures start tonight

Full nighttime H-1 freeway closures start tonight

Commuters beware!

A nighttime nightmare on the H-1 freeway starts tonight.

Starting on Thursday, all lanes in both directions from Likelike Highway to Ward Avenue will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.. until June 26th.

Full nighttime closures will be in effect Sunday nights through Friday mornings.

"All lanes! Both...oh they're nuts! How you gonna go anywhere on these side streets? It's gonna be chaos," said one driver.

It's all because of the H-1 Rehab Project.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation says the work will include paving, curing, striping, and installing specials sensors called loop detectors. 

"The loop detector goes under the pavement and then as cars go by, it counts how many cars are on the freeway," Sluyter said.

Sluyter says the full closure is needed to finish the project by the July 24th deadline.

"This project is actually unusual in the fact that we're doing full closures. It hasn't been done since about 1999," she said.

The payoff will be the finished product.  There will be four lanes instead of three in each direction in an extremely congested stretch of the H-1.

In the meantime, the department asks for the public's patience.

"There's Dillingham, people can try Beretania and King Street, Vineyard is a good alternate route," said Sluyter.

In addition to the extra lanes, there is new lighting and better drainage. 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For more information, go to H1rehab.com.

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