AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Westbound drivers no longer have to merge when heading west on the Moanalua Freeway at the bottom of Red Hill.
The Department of Transportation re-striped the road, adding an additional late as it merges with the H-1.
DOT believes this adds 20%capacity saving time for commuters at a cost of $4.6M and 20 months.
"This is a project that we delivered in a different way" says Ed Sniffen, "If we had widened the freeway to add this lane, it's $285M and it would be a minimum of six years while we get our environmental clearances, while we design it and while we construct it."
But a warning for drivers, the lanes are tight, hugging the concrete barrier.