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All westbound lanes of H-1 in Makakilo reopened following emergency repair work

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MAKAKILO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

All westbound lanes of the H-1 Freeway in Makakilo have reopened early Friday after an "unplanned closure" for emergency repairs the night before. 

The state Department of Transportation had to  close lanes due to a shifting girder, or a concrete beam that is perpendicular to the freeway.

The closure began around 8 p.m. Thursday and lasted until 2 a.m. Friday.

"We want to make sure we shut everything down. We don't want to put anyone in jeopardy when we're doing the work. As you can see, the girders span the highway itself. So any traffic going through that area would be dangerous," Ed Sniffen, HDOT Highways Deputy Director said.

Transportation officials say the girder was leaning about two to three inches, which was enough to prompt safety concerns.

"When we saw that outside girder leaning, we also saw it pulling four others behind it. So once we reset that outside girder, we can see everything straightening out again and we can support it better from there," said Sniffen.

The state said HDOT structural engineers, the project team, and consultants are on site and will advise on the needed duration and extent of the closure.

Traffic was rerouted on surface streets. The closure began at the Makakilo Drive overpass and ended at the Campbell Industrial Park/Barbers Point off ramp.

The girder is a part of the Kapolei Interchange project, which began construction in 2016.

The $64.5 million project is expected to be completed by 2019.

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