I’d like to share with you our vision and plan for improving Oahu’s aging infrastructure. As you may know, many of our state roadways are in need of repaving, showing signs of wear like potholes and patchwork from past emergency repairs. There is much work that needs to be done and many major arterials will soon be under construction.
The end goal is to improve our quality of life by providing roads with a smooth riding surface that will last for years to come. Because we are an island state, space is limited, traffic congestion is already heavy, and alternate routes are few, there will be traffic delays and disruptions for all of us. Unfortunately there is no good time to do this work, and yet, it must be done.
The H-1 Rehabilitation Project from Middle Street to the vicinity of Ward Avenue is an effort to rehabilitate a badly deteriorated section of one of the oldest stretches of the H-1. Work is anticipated to last for one year with nightly lane closures from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Sunday nights through Friday mornings. In addition, the contractor will be closing the freeway completely, in one direction at a time, on Sunday nights through Friday mornings, for up to 120 nights. This is being done to get the work done as quickly as possible.
The state DOT acknowledges the inconvenience this will create and urges drivers to avoid this area if possible. For updates, please visit our webpage at hidot.hawaii.gov. A dedicated project website and phone hotline will also be implemented before construction begins to provide motorists with up-to-date information. For real-time traffic information, please visit the DOT GoAkamai.org traveler information website.
Glenn M. Okimoto
Director, State Department of Transportation