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H-1 Freeway improvements becoming freeway confusions

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Oct 04 2013 08:30:23 PM HST

Freeway improvements are becoming freeway confusions. Commuters are upset about H1 re-striping.

HONOLULU -

Freeway improvements are becoming freeway confusions. Commuters are upset about H-1 Freeway re-striping. The Department of Transportation just re-striped that area of the freeway Thursday night as part of the H-1 rehabilitation project.

Car after car would drive into the shoulder lane then at the last minute cross the solid-white, shoulder lane line to use the Kinau Street off-ramp, merging with traffic coming from the freeway.

"It wasn't until you are almost at the off ramp that the lane just suddenly merges. It's kind of confusing and the shoulder lane is really wide and a lot of cars were just going into the shoulder lane ... I went into the shoulder lane too. I didn't see any cars on the right so I figured just do that," said commuter George Macayara.

The state Transportation Department says that area of the freeway was re-striped to create a necessary safety lane for crews working during the day who are improving lighting and reconstructing pavement.

"We want the public to know that we are looking at ways that we can adjust it, but it is something we need to do to keep the three lanes open at all times," said Caroline Sluyter with the DOT.

The re-striping by the Kinau off-ramp is temporary. The DOT says it will only stay that way for about four months.

Barriers are also being installed along the shoulder lane in the east-bound direction. Construction on west-bound lanes will begin soon.

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