Waipahu rail construction continues at Leoku Street

WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu rail construction crews are still working to build the guideway along Farrington Highway across the intersection of Leoku/Leoole Streets in Waipahu.

As a result, drivers won't be able to make turns from Farrington Highway to either Leoku or Leoole Streets between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. That means turns will only be available during morning and afternoon rush hour times. 

Rail officials say over the next month they will lay the guideway down to Leokane Street where that intersection will then face similar closure impacts at that intersection for the work, and so on and so forth, officials say, as it crosses major intersections along the route.

Decorative columns are visible at Leoku/Leoole Street and Farrington Highway. This area will be the site of the West Loch rail station, one of three rail stops within the Farrington Highway Group that will be built by contractor Hawaiian Dredging Construction for $78.9 million. Other stations in the group include the Waipahu Transit Center and Leeward Community College.

The West Oahu Group of stations was awarded to Nan, Inc. for $56 million and includes the East Kapolei, UH West Oahu and Hoopili stations.

A request for bids to build the three stations in the Kamehameha Highway Group are expected to go out this month. Stations include Pearl Highlands, Pearlridge and Aloha Stadium stops.

For more rail related closures along Farrington Hwy and elsewhere, go to www.honolulutransit.org.

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