Macomb Gate closing for traffic improvement project

| January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Public Affairs Office



Drivers are asked to be patient and cooperative during an upcoming traffic improvement project, beginning Feb. 2, that will temporarily close Macomb Gate to inbound traffic.

The closure is anticipated to last for approximately five months.

Workers will be replacing the existing intersection in front of the Tropic Lightning Museum at Macomb Road and Waianae Avenue with a roundabout to improve traffic safety and flow into and out of Macomb Gate.

While this improvement project is underway, garrison officials are asking for drivers’ kokua to help lessen potential traffic impacts.

Drivers should anticipate potential delays and allow extra travel time. When possible, drivers are encouraged to carpool or avoid the immediate area, especially during the peak morning traffic hours of 5-7 a.m. and 8-9 a.m.

As an alternative, drivers should use either McNair Gate on Wilikina Drive or Foote or Lyman gates on Kunia Road, and they should have their IDs ready when entering the gates.

Staffing at the gates will be increased to compensate for additional inbound traffic, and personnel will be provided to man installation intersections to maintain traffic flow, as needed.

Signs have been placed on public roads outside of the installation to further alert area drivers of the upcoming Macomb Gate inbound closure.

Throughout the project, Army officials will monitor and assess traffic impacts, and maintain communication and coordination with the Hawaii State Department of Transportation and the Honolulu Police Department.

Macomb Gate was originally scheduled to close last September but was delayed due to the Karson Thot Bridge closure in Wahiawa. The on-post project was delayed, so these two traffic-impeding construction projects would not occur at the same time. The Macomb project can’t be delayed again due to funding constrictions.

According to recent studies, Honolulu is ranked in the top five cities for the most traffic congestion, and Army installations suffer the same obstructions — lack of space.

USAG-HI installations lack room and funds to expand. With all the brigades back from deployment, we must all work together and remain patient to deal with the more crowded installation.

USAG-HI appreciates the community’s understanding as it paves the way for better traffic flow and safety in the future.

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