For the second night in a row, drivers headed westbound on the H-1 Freeway found themselves stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.
The backup was being caused because of the Department of Transportation's PM Contraflow project where crews are working to widen the freeway, adding a lane between the Pearl City/Waimalu and Waipahu exits.
The DOT says it has to close at least three westbound lanes to comply with federal guidelines. The lane closures start at 7:30 p.m. and re-open at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday night through Friday morning.
A fourth lane closure is also scheduled on those days starting around 10:30 p.m. That leaves drivers with one lane open heading west.
In the meantime, the alternate route that drivers could use is Kamehameha Highway. On Wednesday, all lanes on that road were open but that's usually not the case due to rail construction. Officials from HART tell us it realized the traffic mess that the H-1 construction is causing and they wanted to help drivers, so they cancelled work on Kamehameha Highway Wednesday night to give drivers an alternate route to use.
However, rail officials tell us that was only a one-night exception and they'll get right back to work on Thursday. H-1 lane closures between the Pearl City/Waimalu exit and Waipahu exit are also scheduled to happen next week.
For details on the project, go to the link below: