Overnight rail closures at Waiawa Interchange begin

By Clayton Wakida, KITV Digital Media Manager, KITV Digital Media Manager
Published On: Aug 06 2014 03:34:25 AM HST
Updated On: Jun 30 2014 03:37:23 PM HST
HONOLULU -

Column work has started for the section of Oahu's elevated rail line that will cross over the H-1/H-2 Freeway merge between Waipahu and Pearl City, according to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

In July, crews are scheduled to pour concrete for the first column located in the freeway medians at the H-1 Waiawa Interchange.  Several support columns need to be erected before guideway construction can begin later this fall, connecting the rail line between the Leeward Community College and Pearl Highlands train stations.

Preparation work this week will involve the overnight closure of one southbound lane of the H-2 Freeway near the Waiawa Interchange (H-1/H-2 merge) from Monday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 2 between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. the following
morning.

Click here to see a map of the closure.

"Rail construction continues near the H-1/H-2 Freeway area with the first support
column going up for the planned rail guideway," said HART CEO and Executive
Director Dan Grabauskas. "We ask the drivers for their continued patience and
understanding during the work and to be mindful of our crews stationed along the
freeway."

For the safety of both the work crews and motorists, the public is advised to proceed with caution through the construction area.  Drivers should provide a safe distance between their vehicles and workers and equipment.

The first 10 miles of the rail system from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium is expected to open in 2017, with the full 20-mile line ready for service in 2019.

PHOTOS: More closures for rail project

Click here to see photos of rail road closures in Nov. 2013.

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