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DOT opens new lane, shoulder lane to ease westbound traffic congestion on H-1 Freeway

PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

In an effort to alleviate afternoon traffic on the H-1 Freeway, the state Department of Transportation announced the opening of a new lane and shoulder lane.

The new lane on the H-1 Freeway Pearl City Viaduct begins at the Waimalu/Pearl City off-ramp to beyond the H-1/H-2 split. The 2.5-mile lane will accommodate more than 2,000 vehicles per hour easing congestion through the state’s busiest corridor, the DOT said.

In addition, the new shoulder lane on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction will be open starting Monday during the evening commute from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

The 2-mile lane begins at the Aiea Heights Drive overpass to the Waimalu/Pearl City off-ramp.  Drivers continuing west toward Kapolei will need to merge one lane to the left before the shoulder ends as they approach the Waimalu/Pearl City off-ramp.

Single-occupancy vehicles are allowed, but trucks and buses are prohibited.

This lane will be available Monday through Friday except for holidays.

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