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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

DAVID Y. IGE

GOVERNOR

JADE T. BUTAY

DIRECTOR

For Immediate Release: July 26, 2019

19-0372

 

REMINDER: PALI HIGHWAY ACCESS HOURS WILL CHANGE

AUGUST 1

 

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) reminds motorists that beginning on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, the Pali Highway access hours will be extended to the following:

Sundays through Fridays (closed on Saturday and State Holidays).
Honolulu-bound AM contraflow: 5 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Kailua/Kaneohe bound PM access: 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Emergency repairs to Pali Highway remain on schedule to allow for access in both directions beginning Sept. 1, 2019. Access on and after September 1 will be Sundays through Fridays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Nightwork will be necessary through November and daytime single lane closures will be scheduled as needed to complete the additional slope protection work and Pali Highway improvements.

Lane closures on Pali Highway outside of the Pali Highway Emergency Repairs can be found at http://palihighway.org/construction-schedule/ and http://palisewer.org/

HDOT advises motorists to plan ahead and allow for extra travel time to get to their destinations. Motorists may find a list of upcoming roadwork on state roadways on the HDOT website at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

DAVID Y. IGE

GOVERNOR

JADE T. BUTAY

DIRECTOR

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2019

19-0326

PALI HIGHWAY ACCESS HOURS TO CHANGE AUGUST 1

 

Following record June rain event, HDOT to add additional slope protection measures that are estimated to be completed in November.

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces that beginning August 1, 2019, the Pali Highway access hours will be extended. The new schedule will be:

Beginning August 1, 2019, Sunday through Friday (closed on Saturday and State Holidays):
Honolulu bound AM contraflow: 5 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Kailua/Kaneohe bound PM access: 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The emergency slope stabilization work between the tunnels has progressed to allow for the extension of hours; however, following the record rainfall on June 25, HDOT has decided to protect additional slopes in the area. The design of the additional work is being finalized but will likely involve the installation of additional catchment fencing and soil nail anchor systems.

The design of the soil nail anchor system that was being installed on the slope on the Kailua side of the tunnels is being modified to include longer soil nails. The slope is currently covered with temporary erosion control matting.

HDOT anticipates opening both directions of Pali Highway between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday in September once the new tunnel structure protecting the Honolulu bound lanes is completed. Nightwork will be necessary through November and single lane daytime closures will be used sparingly after September to complete the additional slope protections and the Pali Highway improvements. All construction is weather permitting.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to protect Pali Highway,” said Hawaii Department of Transportation Deputy Director for Highways Ed Sniffen. “Following completion of the protections we have been able to put in place thanks to FHWA’s Emergency Relief program and the emergency funding from the State Legislature, we fully expect that Pali Highway will be more resilient and dependable in severe weather events.”

Please visit the links below for updated images of the slope stabilization work:

Photo of the completed attenuator system above the tunnels.

https://hidot.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IMG_1100.jpg

Latest conceptual rendering of the new tunnel structure on the Honolulu bound side of Pali Highway.

https://hidot.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/rev-rock-shed.jpg

Current tunnel structure construction.

https://hidot.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IMG_1103.jpg

View of the new tunnel structure columns going up.

https://hidot.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IMG_1091.jpg

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

DAVID Y. IGE

GOVERNOR

JADE T. BUTAY

DIRECTOR

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2019

19-0280

SUNDAY HOURS FOR PALI HIGHWAY ACCESS ADDED BEGINNING JUNE 9

 HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) wishes to inform the travelling public of the addition of Sunday hours for Pali Highway access beginning Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Sunday access will run on the following schedule:

AM Honolulu-bound contraflow between 6-11:30 a.m.

PM access to Kailua/Kaneohe bound lanes between 12:30-6 p.m.

This schedule will be in effect on Sundays unless there is a need for construction closures. Should the Sunday Pali Highway access be changed, HDOT will send out additional notices via media distribution channels and our social media accounts.

Pali Highway will be opened in the Kailua bound direction only from 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15 through 7 a.m. Sunday, June 16 as tunnel maintenance work requires the full closure of the Kaneohe bound lanes of Likelike Highway between Valley View Drive and Kahekili Highway. Due to this closure, Honolulu bound access on June 16 will be between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Lighting within the Pali Highway tunnels has been restored as of June 7, but motorists are advised to continue to drive with caution especially at the crossover points.

Motorists planning on using Pali Highway are reminded to give themselves enough time to clear congestion on the routes leading to the Pali Highway access points at Castle Junction (for the Honolulu bound AM access) and Waokanaka Street (for the Kailua bound PM access). Traffic control personnel begin shifting lanes 20-minutes prior to closure times and close promptly to allow contractors time to work on the emergency repairs to Pali Highway.

Real time traffic conditions on Pali Highway, Likelike Highway, and the H-3 Freeway can be found on GoAkamai.org.

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

DAVID Y. IGE

GOVERNOR

JADE T. BUTAY

DIRECTOR

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2019

19-0204

PALI HIGHWAY WORK REQUIRES TEMPORARY LANE SHIFT AND LANE CLOSURES

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is alerting the public of additional lane closures and a lane shift on the Pali Highway to complete improvements to the roadway.

Kailua/Kaneohe bound direction lane shift (weekdays from 3-7 p.m.)

The Pali Highway accessible hours will remain the same, however the lanes will shift temporarily during the afternoon hours to allow crews to remove an 1,800-foot section of pavement in the right lane of the Kailua bound (outbound) direction near Upper Nuuanu Pali Drive (near the Nuuanu Reservoir). The right lane will be closed 24/7 beginning April 22 to May 3, 2019, weather permitting, which will require a lane shift during the hours the Pali Highway is accessible to the public.

Beginning at the Upper Nuuanu Pali Drive intersection the left lane of the Kailua bound direction will crossover and shift into the left lane of the Honolulu bound direction. The right lane will shift into the left lane and remain on the Kailua bound side.

Vehicles will be shifted back before entering the tunnels and there will be two continuous lanes through the tunnels. The vehicles in the Honolulu bound direction will crossover and continue in the left lane of the Kailua bound direction. The vehicles in the left lane of the Kailua bound direction will shift to the right lane.

Drivers should follow the directions of the cones and signage throughout the route to travel through the area. To view a graphic of the temporary lane shift crossover please click here. To view a graphic of the temporary crossover back to the Kailua bound lanes click here.

Honolulu bound direction (weekdays from 5-9 a.m.)

The morning contraflow lanes in the Honolulu bound (inbound) direction remain unchanged.

Left lane closure in Kailua bound direction:

Beginning April 29, 2019 HDOT will install a 4,000-foot concrete drainage gutter and curb on the left side of the Pali Highway after the Waokanaka Street intersection in the Kailua bound (outbound) direction. To safely and efficiently complete the work crews will close the left lane weekdays from 3-7 p.m. for six to eight weeks, weather permitting, leaving two accessible lanes to the public. To view a graphic of the lane closure area please click here.

Full closure from Wyllie Street to Pauoa Road in Honolulu bound direction:

Beginning April 29, 2019, all Honolulu bound lanes of the Pali Highway between Wyllie Street and Pauoa Road will be closed Sunday through Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Motorists will be detoured at Wyllie Street and continue makai/south bound on Nuuanu Avenue, then turn left (Diamond Head/east) on Pauoa Road, then right (makai/south) on Funchal Street to reconnect with the Pali Highway. To view a map of the detour route please click here.

The left lane in the Kailua bound direction will also be closed from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. between Pauoa Road and Wyllie Street. Depending on construction activities, there may be a few occasions when a one lane closure in both directions may be necessary from 2:30-5 a.m.

The closures are necessary to install a new concrete median barrier with street lights and are anticipated to continue through August 2019. The work hours coincide with existing hours the Pali Highway is closed for traffic from windward Oahu. Crews are trying to maximize the amount of work we complete in a short amount of time while the Pali Highway remains closed and traffic volumes are significantly reduced through the area.

The public is encouraged to check traffic conditions using GoAkamai.org or any resource of their choice before starting their trip.