Final phases of Waipahu rail work to spur major traffic impacts

Waipahu guideway nears completion as drivers prepare for traffic impacts
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WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Crews are wrapping up the construction of an elevated rail guideway along Farrington Highway in Waipahu.

But the final phases of the project will spur major traffic impacts in Waipahu over the next several eight weeks. Drivers should be prepared for lane and intersection closures and contraflows.

Here's what drivers need to know:

  • Workers will be busy in either the eastbound or westbound lanes of Farrington Highway, between Mokuola Street and Awamoku Street, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. the following day.
  • Drivers will be directed to either the mauka or the makai side of Farrington Highway, depending on where the work is taking place.
  • At least one lane in each direction will be open at all times, and two eastbound lanes will remain open from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • There will be no left turns from Farrington Highway onto either Mokuola Street or Awamoku Street. Drivers will be detoured to U-turns at Paiwa Street or Waipahu Depot Street.
  • There will also be no left turns from Mokuola Steet and Awalau Street onto Farrington Highway, and no crossing Farrington Highway at that intersection. All right turns will remain open.
  • Westbound drivers may use Moloalo Street for access to businesses and residences on the mauka side of Farrington Highway, and eastbound drivers may use Awalau Street for access to those on the makai side.

Rail spokesman Bill Brennan said HPD special-duty officers or construction company personnel will assist with traffic in the area.

Bus service may also be impacted and riders are urged to check the company's website.

Brennan said the lane closures and traffic modification are needed to safely remove the overhead guideway equipment from the area. It should take about three to five weeks to finish installation and set the guideway and another three to four weeks to remove and relocate all the equipment.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit asks that motorists drive with caution through the construction zones, and pay attention to signs.

What's next next for Waipahu? The construction of three rail stations: West Loch Station (Leoku Street), Waipahu Transit Station (Mokuola Street) and Leeward Community College. 

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