As the H1 Freeway Rehabilitation Project gets closer to completion, full freeway closures will be necessary, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation.
The DOT advises motorists of an upcoming two weeks of nighttime full H-1 Freeway closures in the westbound direction from Vineyard Boulevard to Halona Street starting Sunday, March 16, at 8 p.m.
The closures will occur on Sunday nights, starting at 8 p.m., through Friday mornings from March 16 through March 28.
The full closures will allow the contractor to continue to expedite the pavement reconstruction portion of the project which consists of removing deteriorated sections and rebuilding them with asphaltic concrete.
The eastbound side of the freeway will continue to have shifting lane closures with one lane open from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, also on Sunday nights through Friday mornings. In addition, there will be ramp closures. Ramp closure information will be updated daily on H1Rehab.com and through the media.
Additional full freeway closures will be scheduled in the last few months of the project for paving and restriping. When the project is completed this summer, the H-1 Freeway will have an additional lane in both directions that continues from Punahou Street to Likelike Highway which will help to address traffic congestion through the corridor.
The project includes reconstruction of freeway pavement, widening of the Nuuanu Stream Bridge and Palama Separation, upgrades of lighting, glare screens, drainage improvements, resurfacing and restriping.
The DOT has scheduled the full freeway closures during a time when many schools have Spring Break in order to lessen the impact on the driving public. Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible and to use alternate routes.
For more information on the H1 Freeway Rehabilitation Project lane closures and maps of alternate routes go to H1Rehab.com.