HONOLULU, Nov. 9, 2021 - Hawaiian Electric crews will be installing a new steel pole and relocating high-voltage transmission lines crossing the H-3 Freeway on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the safety of the public and utility crews, the work will close the Honolulu-bound lanes of H-3 Freeway after the Kamehameha Highway offramp and the onramp to the H-3 Freeway from Kamehameha Highway.
The utility work has been planned in coordination with a Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) project that already is scheduled to completely shut down H-3 Freeway in the Kaneohe-bound direction over the entire weekend. DOT’s work will run from 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, until 4 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15.
Hawaiian Electric crews will be staging heavy equipment on the freeway and clear visibility is necessary for the transfer of the high-voltage lines. No planned electrical outages are scheduled.
In addition to the freeway shutdown, there will be intermittent stops on Kionaole Road by the utility during the scheduled work hours.
This is the second phase of utility work that began last month to upgrade the electric grid and improve system reliability in Windward Oahu. The project involves removing a transmission tower structure, installing three new steel poles and transferring power lines to the new poles.
During the week, electronic message boards will alert motorists of the planned activity. On the work days, safety signs will indicate the impending freeway closure. Electronic arrowboards and traffic cones will mark the work zones. Flagmen and special duty police also will provide onsite traffic control.
Motorists are urged to plan ahead and seek alternate routes, including Likelike Highway and Pali Highway, to and from Kaneohe this weekend.