Crews to Begin Balanced Cantilever Work Over Townbound H-1 Freeway

Kapolei Rail Transit
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Beginning next week, construction crews will begin balanced cantilever work over the townbound lanes of the H-1 Freeway near the Sears Distribution Outlet Store on Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City.

“This work will involve the same process our contractor used when it built the elevated guideway over the freeway near the H1/H2 merge,” said HART Executive Director and CEO Dan Grabauskas. “So again we are urging motorists to look ahead, not overhead, as they drive to town during construction.”

The work will involve closing lanes as needed Sunday through Thursday nights. The eastbound lanes of the freeway are scheduled to begin being closed starting at 6:30 p.m. Lane closures are scheduled to end at 3:30 a.m.

During construction, the townbound shoulder lane will have a clearance of 14 feet, 2 inches and the far right through lane will be 15 feet, 6 inches.

HART and its contractor Kiewit have run a television and radio ad campaign ahead of the construction work to give motorists advance notice of the work and the height limitations.

“HART and Kiewit have reached out to us over the past several months to let us know about the work,” said Gareth Sakakida, the president of the Hawaii Transportation Association. “We believe the clearances will not pose a problem for the trucking and ground transport workers here on Oahu.”

Kiewit has installed signs along the freeway that caution motorists about the low clearance in the shoulder and far right lanes.

The balanced cantilever work is scheduled to last about 6-to-8 weeks over the far right townbound lanes.  When the guideway work over the freeway is completed sometime near the end of the year, the minimum clearance over the eastbound lanes will be 18 feet, 3 inches.