Major H-1 closures on the wayUPDATED 10:28 PM HST Jun 09, 2014Video Transcript
Freeway... It's right around the corner. Good evening, I'm Kenny Choi. And I'm Yunji de Nies.. Anyone who's driven during lane closures knows what it feels like to be slowed down but now... The freeway's getting closed for good. KITV4's Brenton Awa is standing by live with the details... Brenton? Yunji -- were out here on the Liliha overpass where crews are still at work trying to get the H1 freeway paved and meet their deadline. Some of the closures have already started -- but the full shutdown in this area is scheduled to happen in three days. NATS "..." The nightly works been going on for a while... A complete make-over of the H1 Freeway between the Likelike highway and Ward Avenue. And while the project's nearing it's end -- drivers still aren't getting used to the lane closures. 834 - 844 - UI LINDSEY "IT'S TERRIBLE, IT'S TERRIBLE I MEAN PAU WORK IN THE MORNING OR EVENING AND THEN YOU HAVE TO GO HOME TO REACH HOME A CERTAIN TIME TO GET YOUR REST, THE TRAFFIC IS BAD." Some drivers say the best route -- is just staying home... While others avoid the freeway altogether. 1031 - MARK JOHNSON "I'D SAY THIS IS THE WORSE TRAFFIC IN THE UNITED STATES, IT'S WORSE THAN LOS ANGELES OUT HERE." Starting on Thursday night -- the H1 Rehab project will cause the entire freeway from the Likelike highway to the Ward Avenue area to shut down completely. That starts at 8PM and goes until 5 the next morning. The road closure is scheduled to run Sunday nights through Friday mornings from Thursday all the way through June 26th. And if you're wondering why the DOTs starting at 8pm... It says it needs the extra time for the asphalt being laid down to cure. Crews are also striping the road to create a new fourth lane for drivers to use. 49 - CAROLINE SLUYTER "WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING AS YOU KNOW IS THE FULL CLOSURE IN ONE DIRECTION AND ONLY ONE LANE OPEN IN THE OTHER DIRECTION SO IT IS A CHANGE BUT IT'S NOT A SUPER DRASTIC CHANGE AND THERE ARE ALTERNATE ROUTES." The Dot tells us that this full shut down will help make sure the project and the work drivers have been dealing with gets done on time. The deadline is the end of July.