HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies Oahu motorists that the Zipper Lane may not be open for the morning commute on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. The Zipper Lane is typically open between 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. on weekdays to add eastbound capacity on the H-1 between the Manager’s Drive Overpass and the Keehi Interchange.
On Thursday, Oct. 24, crews discovered a computer issue with the older Zipmobile. This issue arose as the newer Zipmobile was undergoing repairs to its hydraulic system. Repairs are ongoing on both machines.
One of the Zipmobiles may be ready to open the Zipper Lane for tomorrow’s commute, but HDOT is notifying the public out of an abundance of caution. A final decision on whether or not the Zipper Lane will be opened will be announced no later than 4 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25.
“Our crews are working through the night to make the fixes needed to get the Zipper Lane open tomorrow,” said Hawaii Department of Transportation Deputy Director for Highways Ed Sniffen. “We understand that many Oahu commuters depend on the Zipper Lane to shorten their commute and we are confident that if our newer Zipmobile is not fixed by tonight, that it can be repaired over the weekend in time for the Monday morning commute.”