Zipperlane closed behind schedule after malfunction

Zipperlane closed behind schedule after malfunction

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Zipperlane was closed behind schedule Monday following another malfunction with the vehicle that stores the concrete barriers, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

HDOT officials say the Zipmobile experienced mechanical problems after partially closing the barrier used to create an extra carpool lane for the morning eastbound rush.

The second Zipmobile was sent to finish the job, and the Zipperlane was fully closed before 1 p.m. Monday.

The Zipmobile has malfunctioned at least twice before this year.

In March 2015, one of the Zipmobiles stalled while removing the extra carpool lane. A mechanic from the mainland had to fly to Hawaii to repair it, and a massive traffic backlog resulted.

Just two months later, a small electrical fire sparked in the engine that powers the Zipmobile, temporarily disabling its driving function. The engine that powers the vehicle's hydraulic arm to open and close the barrier segments was still operating, and a tow truck was used to pull the Zipmobile to close the remaining segments.

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