TRAFFIC ALERT: Multiple westbound lanes of the H-1 to close again this weekend

PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Many drivers were ticked off when they spent last Saturday afternoon sitting in hours of traffic on the H-1 Freeway.

But there's some good news out of the Department of Transportation.

The closures — which were originally slated to run from Friday night till midnight Sunday — will now be reduced to just two days.

"HDOT was able to shorten the lane closure duration to help mitigate the traffic impacts on the public without affecting the productivity of the contractor," DOT officials said.

Last weekend, Sunday roadwork was cancelled after construction crews finished parts of the job ahead of schedule.

Contractors are restoring pavement, pouring concrete and installing micropiles on the freeway near Pearl City. Only westbound traffic is impacted.

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."

On Thursday, the DOT released an updated schedule of lane closures:

  • Three right lanes will be closed from 6 p.m. on Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday for concrete pours.
  • Two right lanes will be closed from 9 a.m. on Sunday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday as the concrete cures.

Closures will be repeated on the weekends of May 5, and May 12.

"We are considering shifting the work hours for the weekend of May 12, 2018 in consideration of scheduled events. We will put out an update when closure times are finalized for the remaining weekends," the DOT said in a news release.

Sniffen urges drivers to avoid the area if possible.

"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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