State discussing possible H-1 contraflow laneUPDATED 7:26 PM HST Sep 27, 2013Video Transcript
freeway in the afternoon? The answer to the question is unclear. The state is re-evaluating that part of an 82 million dollar project. KITV-4's Nana Ohkawa reports. The state has been talking for years about designing a contra-flow lane for west-bound afternoon traffic on the H-1 freeway. Slated to begin construction back in 20-10 the PM Contraflow project didn't break ground until last year. At the time state officials were considering a zipper lane, similar to what commuters use the in the morning...but flowing west bound instead. But now the zipper lane idea is on hold. A transportation department spokeswoman said further analysis shows there may be other solutions...that are cheaper. The zipper lane was originally planned to run between the Radford Drive overpass and Waikele creating an extra westbound lane. But, DOT Director Glenn Okimoto released a statement saying... "We are currently looking at alternate designs and working collaboratively with Federal Highways Administration and the contractor to make the improvements to address the westbound traffic congestion and keep the project on budget." The DOT says nothing has been decided yet and did not provide any timetables. In the meantime, other work continues including repairs on the existing east-bound zipper lane and deck repairs that force multiple lane closures in both directions through Pearl City at night. Nana Ohkawa KITV4 news.