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Continuous weekend lane closures on the H-2 Freeway rescheduled

UPDATE: Continuous weekend lane closures on H-2 rescheduled to Oct. 7-9, 2016 due to forecasted wet weather conditions HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) alerts the public that a previously scheduled two lane closure on the northbound H-2 Freeway between the Ka Uka Boulevard Overpass and the Kipapa Bridge has been cancelled due […]
Source: Hawaii DOT Highways

Continuous weekend lane closures on the H-2 Freeway scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 16

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) alerts the public that two left lanes will be closed on the northbound H-2 Freeway between the Ka Uka Boulevard Overpass and the Kipapa Bridge beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 continuously through 12 p.m. noon on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 for roadway reconstruction. […]
Source: Hawaii DOT Highways

H-3 Freeway roadwork scheduled Sept. 15 through Sept. 19 for electrical maintenance and expansion joint replacement

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists that the H-3 Freeway will be closed in the Kaneohe-bound direction from the Halawa Interchange to the Likelike Highway Underpass on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 and Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., for electrical maintenance. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc (HECO) […]
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Tree removal requires temporary overnight lane closures

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will be removing three monkeypod trees growing on the upper slope of the H-1 Freeway westbound adjacent to North School Street near Liliha Street. The work will require temporary lane closures. On Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the two right lanes on the […]
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Emergency erosion prevention repairs begin on Kamehameha Highway near Kaaawa, one lane contraflow necessary

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists it is making emergency repairs to prevent erosion on Kamehameha Highway near Kaaawa. The repairs will require the temporary closure of the northbound or makai lane on Kamehameha Highway near Kanenelu Beach. Traffic will be contraflowed in the southbound or mauka lane. Motorists should […]
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Labor Day Driving Tips

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Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends on the road, so planning ahead and being well prepared are essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. To make the most of Labor Day, it pays to know a few things in advance to avoid being stuck on the road on your way back home from a great holiday weekend.

Getting Your Car in Shape

The last thing you want on Labor Day is a car that breaks on the road. A routine check of the engine, radiator and fluids will go a long way. Tires should be well inflated and wiper fluid should be replenished. Also, check that the steering wheel and brakes work properly. A car emergency kit should include, at a minimum, jumper wires, a tire gauge, a flashlight, a tool kit with wrenches and screwdrivers, duct tape, rags and an emergency stop sign. Add a first-aid kit, a bottle of water, a blanket and some energy bars in case something happens and you’re stranded for some time.

Staying Safe

There are two major reasons for accidents on highways: losing concentration while driving and ignoring the risk of big trucks. If you are tired, had a drink or feel sick, either give the wheel to somebody else or postpone the driving. This is especially important coming back home on Labor Day, as many spend the day drinking and having fun, and chances are people are tired and moody. Monitor yourself and learn your limits, so you can head to a rest stop if you start feeling dizzy, confused or sleepy. Big trucks are especially dangerous if you cut in front of them quickly and unexpectedly, as trucks cannot brake fast enough to avoid a collision if things get tight. Also, trucks drivers have lots of blind spots, where they are unable to see you and thus avoid you. As a general rule, if you can’t see the truck’s mirror, the driver can’t see you either.

Avoiding the Madness

The most important thing you can do is leave early. Take on the highways early Saturday morning or before rush hour on Friday. If you’re driving on Labor Day, follow the same rules. Most people will brave their return home in the early evening or late afternoon. Try getting to the highways before 4 p.m. or after 10 p.m. and you should be in much better shape. Another important thing you can do to prepare for Labor Day driving is to plan your route well. Look for alternate routes, program your GPS or use a map to get you where you need to go as fast and efficiently as possible. You also can check online to see if the road you’re planning to take is undergoing repairs or has scheduled lane changes, so you can search for alternatives or plan for additional driving time.

 

USA Today | Tammy Dray

Umauma Bridge to temporarily close in anticipation of high winds

HILO – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is alerting the public it will close the Umauma Bridge on Route 19 in both directions in the vicinity of Hakalau beginning at 3:00 p.m. today due to the high winds associated with Storm Madeline. All traffic will be detoured to the Old Mamalahoa Highway. Highway 19 […]
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HDOT preparations underway in advance of storms Madeline and Lester

HONOLULU – The Highways, Harbors and Airports Divisions within the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) are making preparations in advance of the severe weather forecast from Hurricanes Madeline and Lester, which are tracking toward the state. Residents and visitors should continue to monitor current conditions with the National Weather Service and media outlets. The public […]
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Kalanianaole Highway Improvements project begins Monday, Aug. 29

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies motorists that one lane will be closed on Kalanianaole Highway in the Kailua-bound direction between Kumuhau Street and Old Kalanianaole Road on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 through Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the Kalanianaole Highway Improvements project. During this time, […]
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Kalanianaole Highway Improvements project begins Monday, Aug. 29

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies motorists that one lane will be closed on Kalanianaole Highway in the Kailua-bound direction between Kumuhau Street and Old Kalanianaole Road on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 through Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the Kalanianaole Highway Improvements project. During this time, […]
Source: Hawaii DOT Highways