Traffic is gridlocked in West Oahu due to a water main break, and city officials are urging the public to carpool or stay off the road during Friday morning rush hour.
All eastbound lanes of Farrington Highway are currently closed between Piliokahi Avenue in Nanakuli and Kahe Power Plant.
Police are contraflowing the westbound lanes, leaving just one lane open in each direction. Special-duty police officers are on scene directing traffic.
One viewer told us it took him an hour to get from Kapolei to Nanakuli.
Officials are calling this a major traffic situation.
“We wanted to alert folks that if you don’t need to be on the road, please stay off Farrington Highway at that choke point, because we are going to have to contraflow that area — one lane going Honolulu-bound and the other lane going Nanakuli-bound,” said Andrew Pereira, spokesman for the Honolulu Mayor’s office. “We apologize for the inconvenience. Board of Water Supply crews are on site trying to fix this water main break as soon as possible.”
In light of the traffic, the Hawaii Department of Transportation has postponed a full westbound closure of the H-1 Freeway in Kapolei.
All westbound lanes between the Makakilo Drive Overpass and the Kalaeloa Boulevard Overpass were scheduled to close at 10 p.m. as part of the Kapolei Interchange Complex, Phase 2 project.
The closures have now been pushed back to midnight, and possibly later should traffic still be an issue.
Fifteen customers are without water service at this time. A water wagon is en route to provide these customers with an alternate water source.
The Board of Water Supply says the 24-inch water main is vital and provides the Leeward Coast with 60-percent of its water supply.
The main will not be in service while crews make repairs. Therefore the BWS is asking all residents from Honokai Hale to Makaha to conserve water. This means using water for essential needs only, such as cooking,…