Expect more closures as rail project moves east

Published On: Nov 14 2013 02:38:00 PM HST
PEARL CITY, Hawaii -

Oahu drivers -- get ready for more cones, detour signs and road bumps.

Starting on Monday, Nov. 25, the entire stretch of Old Farrington Highway from North/South Road to Old Fort Weaver Road will be shut down for the Honolulu rail construction project.

Click here to watch Cam Tran's report.

"The contractor has done as much work as possible to keep the eastbound direction of the highway, but to finish the job, we are going to have to close that stretch of road in both directions," said Honolulu Authority For Rapid Transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa.

Ishikawa says crews will start building columns along Old Farrington Highway, which will keep the road shut until April.

On Kamehameha Highway, workers are digging in the median in front of the Waiau Power Plant.  A section of the eastbound lane is closed near the power plant as crews conduct soil samples.

Expect more of these drill rigs, like the one near the Waimalu Shopping Center, with more rigs slated for next year.

HART says it will try to keep the traffic lights on Kamehameha Highway green longer to alleviate any backups and work with the state Department of Transportation as it works on the H-1 Freeway Pearl City Viaduct.

"Whenever they do work on those nights, we close the westbound lanes on Kamehameha at 10 p.m.," said Ishikawa.

HART says this is just the start of what could be more major closures ahead.  They ask driver to be safe and patient to protect themselves and the crews working on the rail project.

HART set up a hotline for drivers who have questions or concerns about the road closures.  You can call 566-2299.

PHOTOS: More closures for rail project

Click here to see more photos of the closures.


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