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Department of Transportation reports high impact traffic projects island-wide are nearly finished

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Department of Transportation reports a number of traffic projects that could have a significant impact on drive-times on O'ahu are nearly finished.

Drivers can expect some much needed relief on the roads, especially while they're headed through some of O'ahu's traffic hot spots.  

West bound commuters can expect a smoother drive on the H1 freeway through Halawa after crews complete an additional lane come January. So two lanes now will turn into three. 

Work to grade, reconstruct and relocate guardrails will wrap up by the end of the year. 

In Nanakuli, the current contraflow is expected to improve for drivers heading town bound in the afternoons. 

The addition of a turning lane at Nanakuli and Haleakala Avenue will make way for a second eastbound lane come February. 

DOT says the addition will give drivers some flexibility in the afternoon.  

"Some of the impact that we heard are especially from school teachers who live east of Kapolei but work in Nanakuli or Waianae. It's harder for them so some of them are elected to leave earlier rather than staying longer after school and we're hoping to try and minimize those impacts as much as possible and once we get the third lane, then we eliminate it all together," Ed Sniffen with the Hawaii State Department of Transportation said. 

DOT encourages the public to head over to its website for a full list of projects underway or those that are set to kick off in the new year. Click here for more information.