Rail officials clarify overnight lane closure confusion on H-1 Freeway

Rail officials clarify overnight lane closure confusion on H-1 Freeway

PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some drivers are confused about the reported lane closures this week on the H-1 Freeway, between the Waiawa and Kamehameha Highway overpasses, in both directions.

Kiewit Hawaii opted to cancel its contracted rail work overnight on Sunday after officials say the state Department of Transportation informed crews they could not do the lane closures starting at 8 p.m. as planned but had to wait until after midnight so it wouldn't interfere with area graduations. But Kiewit said the midnight to 4 a.m. shift was too short and opted to cancel the work.

Up to four lanes were closed Monday night, but only in the westbound direction. Three right lanes in the eastbound direction had been announced by the State Department of Transportation for closure overnight this week from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. as well.

Honolulu rail officials say the lane closures will continue this week overnight through Friday, June 5. However, Scott Ishikawa, spokesperson for the Honolulu Rail Transit Authority (HART), clarified that the number of lane closures could vary each night during the week depending on the location of the work on the freeway. He added that Kiewit crews are authorized by the HIDOT for up to three lanes to be closed in both directions during this specified time period, but they may not always need to close them all.

Ishikawa recommends that drivers be prepared for closures with the understanding that they may not always happened.

State DOT press releases regarding lane closures state that, "Lane closures are subject to change at any time without further notice," and that, "all projects are weather permitting."

HART officials say they will work to inform the media of all changes to lane closures, even if they don't happen, so that the public can be better informed.

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