HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) warned east Oahu motorists that westbound traffic along Kalanianaole Highway will be affected by restriping work near Kahala Mall through Friday, July 9.
The right lane of Kalanianaole Highway in the vicinity of Ainakoa Avenue heading westbound has a scheduled closure from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Tuesday, July 6, through Friday.
“The traffic was bad, the traffic was the worst I’ve seen in Hawaii Kai,” driver Gina Patterson said.
A spokesperson for DOT said crews have been working on the Ainakoa restriping for months and the lane was opened early on Wednesday, July 7, due to heavy volumes of traffic.
Many drivers KHON2 spoke with did not see the road work being done to cause the traffic.
“I never saw anything like what was going on to cause that major traffic jam,” Patterson said.
Special duty police officers are being requested to assist with traffic control while the closure is ongoing. Officials recommended motorists check traffic cameras or digital navigation maps before heading out.