Closure of all the H-1 Freeway lanes eastbound Sunday night went well, according to the state Department of Transportation.
“We were pleasantly surprised. It worked out pretty well. The one jam-up we did have was people getting off on Likelike and going east on School Street. We’re really asking people to try to avoid that and get off earlier. Take Nimitz or Dillingham,” DOT Spokesperson Caroline Sluyter said.
The year-long project will cost $42 million — 80 percent of that funded by the federal government. And it’s not just pothole repair.
“That’s why it is a year-long project. So they will be doing the rehabilitation which is more than just a surface repair as you just mentioned, going down all the way 12 inches in some areas. We’ll also be changing out the lighting, doing drainage, putting in a glare screen down the barrier, and then the final touch will be re-striping in both ways to make four lanes in each direction,” Sluyter said.
Full closure of the eastbound lanes on the H-1 Freeway will end after Monday night.
“For the full closures, it’s just last night and tonight. But next year, we’re probably looking at about three months of full closures toward the end of the project because that’s when they’ll be doing the surface re-paving and also the re-striping,” Sluyter said.
Westbound drivers shouldn’t feel too smug about what’s going on for their eastbound friends. Work is coming soon on those lanes.
“It will start the following week. So this week, we’re only working eastbound. Next week, we’ll start both directions. So at 9 p.m., the first lane will close in both directions. At 11 p.m., a second lane will close in both directions,” Sluyter said.
Department of Transportation officials are keeping their fingers crossed that things go as smoothly Monday night as they did Sunday night.
For more information on the project, visit this website.
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