Rail construction near Joint Base underway

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Construction work between Aloha Stadium and the H-1 Interchange for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project began Aug. 15 and is expected to create additional traffic congestion and night-time construction noise in the Pearl Harbor area.

Commuters to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) using Halawa, Borchers and Makalapa Gates should plan accordingly as lane closures in both directions of Kamehameha Highway could delay traffic trying to turn into those gates. Commuters should use Nimitz Gate (open 24/7), O’Malley Gate (open 24/7), and Kuntz Gate (open to privately owned vehicles from 5 to 7:30 a.m. and again after 9 a.m.), and for those heading to the Makalapa Compound, use Luapele Gate (off Salt Lake Boulevard), open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Note: Gate hours are subject to change based on security posture.)

From the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., all traffic will be moved to one side of Kamehameha Highway to conduct work on the other side. Two-way traffic will flow in a contraflow pattern (side-by-side) with help from special-duty officers who will be directing motorists. All traffic movements at the Radford/ Makalapa and Arizona/ Halawa intersections will be allowed during contra-flow hours, unless there is an emergency safety issue. Access to base gates will always remain.

At all other times of the day and night when contraflow is not in place, drivers may experience lane closures in both directions of Kamehameha Highway. Drivers will first see barriers placed on the outside of the roadway for road widening activities. Once road widening is complete, the barriers will move to the median of the roadway for drilling operations. Once drilling begins in the median, Kamehameha Highway town-bound will be reduced to two lanes throughout the life of the project. Two lanes will remain on Kamehameha Highway ewa-bound.

Pedestrian access will be maintained on sidewalks throughout the corridor. There will be no dedicated bike lanes throughout the duration of the project. Construction work on this phase of the rail project is expected for the next five years.

For questions or comments, call the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) 24-hour project hotline at 566-2299 or visit the website at www.HonoluluTransit.org. Other useful information can be found on rail contractor Shimmick/Traylor/ Granite (STG)’s Facebook page @STGHawaii.

For JBPHH updates and information, visit JBPHH Facebook at www.facebook.com/JBPHH and Twitter @JointBasePHH.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • RSS

Category: News