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Good news Oahu drivers: No more freeway closures this weekend

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PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

After a traffic headache Saturday for westbound drivers on the H-1, there will be some relief Sunday.

Earlier this month, the Department of Transportation announced weekend lane closures of the H-1 west near Pearl City for micropile installation.

On Saturday, the closures began, frustrating drivers and elongating weekend commutes.

But there's some good news. 

After Saturday's work was completed, the DOT said what was expected to take two days was completed in one, and no lane closures of the H-1 will be needed on Sunday.

But that doesn't mean work is complete.

The following closures will still take place in the coming weeks.

  • Friday at 9 p.m. through Saturday at noon: Three right lanes will be closed for concrete pours.
  • Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.: Two right lanes will be closed as the concrete cures.
  • Saturday at 6 p.m. through Sunday at 11:59 p.m.: Three right lanes will be closed for pavement restoration and clean-up.

The closures will take be repeated on the weekends of April 27, May 4, and May 11.

State transportation officials say during the closures, crews will be restoring pavement, pouring concrete and installing micropile.

Ed Sniffen, deputy director of highways, said the work is needed because cars have been driving over "drain boxes" since an additional Zipper lane was added. "Those drain boxes were never designed for that much traffic," he said. "So in order to make sure we minimize any sinking in the future, we're going to be fortifying them."

Sniffen urged drivers to avoid the area if they're able to.

"But if you can't avoid it ... give yourself a little more time to get through the area and be patient," he said. "It's never a good time to go through a work zone, but during the weekend we can control the traffic."

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