HONOLULU – The state Department of Transportation would like the public to be aware, plan and prepare, for a one-year rehabilitation project of the H-1 Freeway from Middle Street to the vicinity of Ward Avenue. The first two nights of the project, Sunday, September 22, and Monday, September 23, will involve a full freeway closure from Likelike Highway to Ward Avenue in the eastbound direction, beginning at 8 p.m. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible. The freeway will reopen at 4 a.m. each morning.
Eastbound drivers on the H-201 Moanalua Freeway will be advised to exit using the Airport/Tripler Hospital Off-Ramp (Exit 3) and to use Puuloa Road to Nimitz Highway as an alternate route. From the H-1 Freeway Airport Viaduct, drivers will be directed to exit using the Waikiki/Nimitz Highway Off-Ramp (Exit 18A) or the Middle Street/Dillingham Boulevard Off-Ramp (Exit 18B) as alternate routes.
Tuesday night, September 24, through Friday morning, September 27, the freeway will remain open but will have a one-lane closure in the eastbound direction beginning at 9 p.m. with an additional lane closure at 11 p.m.
Lane closures will be nightly, Sunday nights through Friday mornings. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. Full freeway closures will start at 8 p.m. Lanes will reopen each morning at 4 a.m.
Additional full freeway closures are scheduled during approximately three months in 2014. More details about the dates of those closures will be announced next year.
The $42 million federal-aid project will address deteriorated sections of the freeway by rehabilitating sections up to 12-inches deep. Other improvements include upgraded highway lighting, glare screens along the median, drainage, the widening of Nuuanu Stream Bridge, and restriping of the corridor to add a fourth lane in each direction. This restriping will continue last summer’s demonstration project that narrowed lanes and added a fourth lane in both directions from Punahou Street to Pali Highway.
Lane closure and project information will be available on the project website, H1Rehab.com, and on the project information line at 735-7465.