New digital message boards will help Oahu drivers find fastest route

OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Electric message boards designed to help Oahu drivers select the fastest route will soon be a reality, state Department of Transportation officials announced on Monday.

The two signs, set to launch on Monday, will display the fastest possible route to certain locations during morning and afternoon peak travel times on the Gathering Isle.

The first sign, on the H-1 Freeway near the Kaamilo Street overpass, will be for the eastbound morning commute, and will be activated from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays.

The sign will show the estimated travel time to reach downtown Honolulu via the Pali Highway Exit 21.

The second sign, heading west, is at the Liliha Street overpass for the peak afternoon travel time. This sign will be activated between 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. It will show the estimated travel time to reach the Pearl City/Waimalu Exit 10.

The travel time information will be sourced from information from the GoAkamai website, a tool that provides updated traffic conditions and drive times throughout Oahu.

"These signs provide motorists with travel times at key decision points so they aren't tempted to look at their phones while driving," Gov. David Ige said, in a statement.

"This is another solution that helps get people safely out of traffic and on with their lives."

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