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Accidents, construction and repaving slow Oahu commuters

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Many commuters are saying good riddance to this week after various issues made getting home much worse than normal.

"It's still jammed. There's just nowhere to go," said James Taala, from Waianae.

Locals and visitors all must grapple with gridlock.

"Did you think when you came to Hawaii you'd be stuck in traffic so long?"

"Not like this no," said Kathy Haskins, from Pensacola, Florida, who says it took her an hour to go a few miles on Kamehameha Highway.

"It doesn't matter what hour it is. It could be 10 o'clock in the morning it could be 2 o'clock in the afternoon whereas before it was only around five or rush-hour. Now it's anytime," said Bridgett Riddell, from Pearl City.

After work traffic is like starting another shift.

"I'm tired of sitting in traffic for an hour or two hours sometimes three hours I would say," said Taala.

"You're exhausted. I think people have really calm as a whole. I have seen people cut in and that's dangerous. You see fender benders almost every day when someone is trying to get in a little faster," said Noreen Taylor, from Pearl City.

Accidents are a big factor.  On Wednesday afternoon from Aiea to Kunia there were 23 accidents in the west bound direction on the H1 Freeway, Kamehameha Highway and Moanalua Freeway from 2:30 pm to midnight.

The state is also widening the H1 at the Pearl City Viaduct which means taking lanes of traffic. That work begins at 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and picks up again at 7:30 pm to 4:30 am.

The rail is doing work in various areas including Kamehameha Highway. The City also had repaving work this week on Kamehameha Highway near Sam's Club in Pearl City.  And at times mix in a little rain just to add insult to injury.

Are there any shortcuts?

"No. It's bad all the way. You can try to go on Moanalua Road but it's just as bad. Too many stoplights," said Paul Tom, from Waipio Gentry.

Frustrating?

"No I'm used to it already," said Tom.

"What can you do? What can you do? Just be patient. Leave a little earlier," said Rick Meeks, from Waimalu.

Next week should be better.  Veterans Day is Tuesday and the state won't do night work again until Wednesday.   The state will start the night work half an hour later at 8:00 pm just in case.

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