Traffic Report: August 14, 2015

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North Shore — HDOT received an extension to study a safe and feasible alternative to removal of the Laniakea barriers.

The courts originally ordered the removal of the barriers located along Kamehameha Highway by Aug. 7. The extension to Aug. 24 allows HDOT time to work directly with the City & County of Honolulu, the plaintiffs and the public on a feasible and safe solution to be discussed at the next settlement hearing, Aug. 18.


Laniakea barriers

HDOT has heard from many community members urging the state to leave the barriers in place as they have improved safety and alleviated traffic congestion on the North Shore. Others want the barriers replaced with additional parking. HDOT will be looking at solutions that could satisfy both. One possible option would be removing two barriers on both ends to have one way access and parking behind the existing barriers. However, the infrastructure is not designed to be a parking lot, and significant improvements may be necessary to make it safe and accessible for all.

HDOT continues to work on a study to realign the highway so it is further mauka than it is today. The project cost is estimated at $20 million-$45 million depending on the preferred alternative. Agreement from public and private landowners would be required. Additionally, the potential environmental impacts must be considered, and it would take approximately five years after the environmental assessment is concluded to complete the project.


Don’t Cross — The crosswalk on Schofield’s Kolekole Avenue, between Bldg. 2076 and Sgt. Yano Library, will be permanently removed. There will be temporary barricades set up starting today on each end of the crosswalk to notify pedestrians of the removal Aug. 21. and to start using the newly installed lighted crosswalk at the intersection of Heard Avenue and Kolekole Avenue.


Roadway & Lot Closure — Fort Shafter’s parking lot at Bonnie Loop closes at 6 p.m. and reopens Saturday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m., impacting buildings 520 and 525, to support renovation work at the Regional Cyber Center.


Noise Advisory — The Army and Marines began conducting demolition, mortar and artillery training at Schofield Barracks, and local residents may hear some noise. Army mortar training wraps up today; Aug.15-16, Army artillery demolitions takes place training; Aug. 17-21, the Marine Corps conducts mortar training; and Aug. 29-31, the Marines hold artillery training.

Should individuals hear noise, there is no immediate danger. Weather, such as overcast conditions, can increase noise and vibrations.

To report concerns related to noise or training, community members can call the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Noise Concern Line at 656-3487 or email The USAG-HI Public Affairs Office responds to all reported concerns during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


Waianae Ave. — A road closure at Schofield Barracks’ Waianae Avenue (south corridor) between Generals Loop and Jecelin Street that began Monday continues until Aug. 21 for utility installation and site work, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., related to the Quad B Barracks Renovation. Waianae Avenue northbound between Generals Loop and Jecelin Street is designated for two-way traffic during this road closure. Vehicles traveling southbound may make a right turn onto Waianae (north) at Generals Loop; vehicles will then be detoured back onto Waianae (south) by a right turn jog at Jecelin Street, which will connect to the Intersection of Waianae Avenue and Devol Street.


15 / Saturday

Phase II — The second phase of work on Schofield’s Trimble Road will restrict access in the parking lot around Bldg. 1505 from now until Sept. 15.


22 / Saturday

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Power Outage — Fort Shafter will see a power outage, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., that affects the following buildings: 330, 331, 333, 334, 335, 339,340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 351, 355, 405, 406, 409, 420, 434,435, 438, 439, 441, 442, and 443.

Note: the times provided are only an estimate since depending existing field conditions my prompt additional time to complete the outage. Locations affected by the outage should be prepared for an extended outage in this event.


24 / Monday

AMR Modified Traffic — There will be alternating lane closures at Aliamanu Military Reservation for utility pole replacement. Lanes adjacent to existing utility poles along Aliamanu drive will be restricted to one lane only, weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., until Sept. 4 During this time traffic flow in both the east and west bound lanes will be controlled by flagman. The contractor will have appropriate signs and barriers for closing each side of the roadway.


Humphreys Road — The southbound lane of Schofield’s Humphreys Road, fronting the driveway of Bldg. 2069, will be closed, weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., from today until Aug. 28 for construction work. The center turn lane of will be used as the southbound lane.



Karsten Thot Bridge

Karsten Thot Bridge

Karsten Thot — Work is underway to repair and repaint Karsten Thot Bridge (north of Schofield Barracks on Kamehameha Highway).

Day roadwork takes place 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. without lane closures. Night work may consist of either single lane closures, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., or full closures of the bridge 9 p.m.-4 a.m. During work hours, the height clearance for the bridge will be lowered from 14 feet 4 inches to 12 feet until approximately the end of the year.

For more information, please visit the project website at or call the project hotline at 518-4576. Lane closure information will also be available on the HDOT website at and released through HDOT’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.


Storm vs. Freeway – On Wednesday, HDOT canceled work on the Pearl City Viaduct widening project. The decision was made as a precaution due to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Guillermo. Further announcements impacting construction this week will be made on a day-to-day basis should conditions change.

Construction on Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa will proceeded as scheduled because the 24/7 lane closure is already in place.

For more project information, visit the website at or call the project hotline at 945-1144.


No Right Turn — A lane is closed from Schofield’s southbound Cadet Sheridan Road onto westbound Trimble Road. The right-turn lane going westbound onto Trimble at the Trimble-Cadet Sheridan intersection will be closed. Vehicles will still be able to make the right turn at the Trimble and Cadet Sheridan intersection on the green light only. Large trucks won’t be able to make this right turn, and will be rerouted accordingly. The work began yesterday and continues weekdays, 8:30-3:30, until Thursday.


Carpenter — A road closure at Schofield’s Carpenter Street that began Monday continues, weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Wednesdays until noon) until Aug. 19, for roadwork and the installation of a new water main. Traffic will be stopped for pedestrians to walk around work area.


Walking Safely — August is Pedestrian Safety Month. HDOT’s Walk Wise Hawaii offers pedestrian-related community events and campaigns throughout the month to encourage safe pedestrian behaviors and raise driver awareness of pedestrians.

For more information on Walk Wise Hawaii and a list of specific Pedestrian Safety Month events, call 587-2160 or visit


Lauhala Road — A road closure along Lauhala Road in the housing area for earth and roadwork continues through Sept. 28. Detours will be performed in phases.


Foote Note — A road closure at Schofield’s Foote Avenue, south corridor, between Road A and Flagler Road, for utility installation and site work related to the Quad B barracks renovation, continues, 8:30 p.m. -5 a.m., until Aug. 28. Foote is closed at Flagler and traffic is rerouted southeast toward Foote Gate, while northbound traffic is detoured to Waianae Avenue.


Skyview Loop — Aliamanu Drive will be completely closed between Okamura Street and Rim Loop until Aug. 31 for utilities work.


Go with the Flow — A partial, modified traffic flow and road closure near Schofield’s Nehelani for utility installation continues. The area near the loading docks and the parking lot between buildings 2060, 2070 and 2071 are restricted though Dec. 28.

The work will be performed in phases. Parking is limited during closure.

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