Road closures ahead to support traffic signal

| February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Map courtesy of the Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
The map, above, shows the four phases of construction that will be underway from Feb. 26 through April 20. (Courtesy map)

Karen A. Iwamoto
Staff Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Motorists who travel in the vicinity of the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks should be aware of upcoming traffic delays due to road closures starting Feb. 26 and running until April 20.

The closures are to support the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Waianae Avenue and McCornack Road. The eight-week-long project will be broken into four phases of approximately two weeks each.

  • Phase 1: Feb. 26-March 9 is closure of McCornack Road between Waianae Avenue and the USAG-SB parking driveway. No through traffic on McCornack Road with through traffic permitted on Waianae Avenue.
  • Phase 2: March 26-April 6 is closure of Waianae Avenue between McCornack Road and Ayers Avenue. No through traffic on Waianae Avenue with through traffic permitted on McCornack Road.
  • Phase 3: April 9-20 is closure of McCornack Road between Waianae and Leilehua avenues. No through traffic on McCornack Road with through traffic permitted on Waianae Avenue.
  • Phase 4: March 12-23 is closure of Waianae Avenue between McCornack Road and the USAG-HI parking driveway. No through traffic on Waianae Avenue with through traffic permitted on McCornack Road.

The traffic signal will improve vehicle flow in the area, which is expected to increase once the USAG-HI parking garage opens later this year, said Dean Miyamoto, civil engineer with the Project Management Branch of the Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

Today, the intersection is a four-way stop. Ultimately, the traffic signal and the parking garage will improve access and travel in the area, he added, citing a traffic study done by the company contracted to build the parking garage.

Currently, the area, which is also home to the Exchange, the Schofield Barracks Commissary, USAG-HI and the new Army Community Service building, among others, is often congested, and limited parking is shared among all of the area buildings.

The approximately $26.5 million four-level USAG-HI parking structure will provide the clinic and surrounding area with about 430 additional parking stalls.

Once the parking garage and traffic signal are installed, congestion in the area should decrease, said Greg Hinkle Sr., DPW Operations officer, adding that he hopes the community will look to the long-term benefits, not the short-term inconvenience.

“We’re doing everything we can to make it better on the installation,” he said, adding that he regularly hears complaints about parking and traffic in the area. “But we’re a growing installation, and some of this is going to take time. We need the community’s patience; we need them to support us as we get this work done. At the end of the day, it’s all about getting the Soldiers and the families what they want. It just takes time.”

Updates to road closures related to the traffic signal installation project will be published in this newspaper, on the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Facebook page and on USAG-HI’s electronic message boards.

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