HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Jon Rombaoa
Thousands of university, college and private school students will head back to school later this month, and the Hawaii Department of Transportation is kicking off their annual 'Beat the School Jam' campaign to help alleviate the expected traffic congestion.
To assist motorists on their commute, HDOT announced plans to postpone construction-related lane closures during daylight hours on major Oahu highways from Monday, August 25 through Friday August 29.
"We want to remind motorists to expect additional traffic on our roadways, especially beginning Monday, August 25," said HDOT Interim Director Ford Fuchigami. "More than 50,000 university and private school students will be returning to classes, so we encourage people to make use of alternative modes of transportation like carpooling, bicycling, walking or riding TheBus to avoid the increased traffic."
The HDOT also encourages motorists to download their GoAkamai App for mobile devices or visit their GoAkamai website. However, they do remind users to access information
getting behind the wheel of a vehicle as state law prohibits the use of a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle.
website and App gives motorists more traffic information than ever before and we appreciate the state HDOT's partnership with the City and County in the development of these great resources," Director of Tranportation Services of City and County of Honolulu, Mike Formby said. "GoAkamai brings together the critical information commuters need to actively manage their routes and travel options, whether by car, bike, TheBus or foot."
While HDOT says planning ahead will help drivers with their commute, other forms of transportation to limit the amount of vehicles on the freeway will help everyone as a whole. For example, a full carpool or vanpool will take four to six cars off the road and allow the driver to utilize the HOV lane, zipper lane and Nimitz highway contraflow. Walking, biking or catching the bus will also alleviate the stress of finding a parking space.
If alternate methods of transportation cannot be used, drivers are asked by Police Chief Louis Kealoha to drive carefully and make sure your vehicle is in good working condition to avoid stalled vehicles. "A stalled vehicle that runs out of gas or has a flat tire will quickly back up traffic and will impact all of the cars behind it," Kealoha said.
On weekdays (excluding holidays) from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) tow trucks will be operating to provide free emergency roadside service to keep traffic moving along the H-1, H-2 and H-201 Moanalua Freeways, between the Kunia, Waipio and Kahala areas. Stranded motorists can call FSP at 841-HELP.