The train is coming through

Rail construction to begin outside Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Harold Nedd

STG Public Relations

Construction work will get underway this month on the next 5.2 miles of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project, which is expected to create additional traffic congestion and nighttime construction noise in the Pearl Harbor area for the next five years.

The joint-venture team of Shimmick/Traylor/Granite (STG) will pick up the project at Aloha Stadium, where the last contractor left off, and build the rail guideway to Middle Street in Kalihi.

STG will also build four stations, including the future Pearl Harbor Station, to be located across from the Makalapa Gate on Radford Drive.

STG crews are breaking out the orange cones and reflective vests to start road work in August on Kamehameha Highway between Ford Island and the H-1 interchange, where around-the-clock construction work will cut down on the number of open lanes.

Drilling for the future guide-way piers will begin in September.

Commuters heading to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam are urged to avoid Halawa Gate, Borchers Gate and Makalapa Gate during project construction.

Lane closures in both directions of Kamehameha Highway could delay traffic trying to turn into those gates. Commuters are urged to use alternate gates to access the base such as Nimitz, O’Malley and Kuntz Gates.

For those heading to the Makalapa Compound, the best gate to use is the Luapele Gate, which is open from 5 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The most drastic traffic changes will be at night, between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Traffic will be moved to one side of Kamehameha Highway while STG closes the other side to work.

Two-way traffic will flow in a contra-flow pattern (side by side) with help from special-duty officers who will be directing motorists.

To get information to both commuters and residents about the project, STG will hold a monthly business and community meeting at the Radford High School cafeteria on Monday, Aug. 14 from 7 p.m.

During the meeting, the joint-venture team will share information about the project as well as answer questions and listen to concerns.

Other useful information about the project can also be found on the contractor’s Facebook page, @STGHawaii. There, anyone can sign up for STG’s weekly traffic e-blast, which will list the contractor’s work activities and lane closures for the week ahead.

“STG is committed to keeping everyone informed, so those who drive through the area can plan their routes around the construction,” said Laurie Simmons, STG’s public involvement manager.

“Just bear in mind, rail work will be unpleasant and inconvenient for both commuters and military housing residents until the project’s completion.”

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