Barrier on H-1 Freeway Overpass damaged, debris closes eastbound H-201 Freeway near Middle Street

Posted on Mar 29, 2018 in Highways News, Main, News

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) alerts Oahu motorists to the closure of all eastbound lanes of the H-201 Moanalua Freeway at Middle Street. All westbound lanes on H-201 are open, both westbound lanes heading into the Airport on-ramp from the H-1 Freeway are closed.

Earlier this afternoon a truck carrying crane counterweights lost its load. The load hit the barrier of the H-1 overpass over the H-201, causing debris to fall on the H-201 Moanalua Freeway in both directions. HDOT estimates the lanes of the H-201 will reopen later this evening in approximately three hours as debris is cleared from the roadway and the overpass structure. Motorists are advised to take the Airport Viaduct or to get off before the King Street exit heading eastbound.

One lane of the Airport on-ramp from the H-1 Freeway west bound will also be reopened following the completion of the debris clearance. The right lane will remain closed until repair to the barrier can be completed. HDOT crews will place water filled barriers at the location until it can be reassessed. The overpass structure has been inspected and determined to be safe for use.