There’s A New Kapolei Exit Off The H1

The Hawaii Department of Transportation finished building the Wakea St. Overpass, so Kapolei drivers now have a new way to exit H1 West.

Westbound motorists can now take the Wakea St. exit into Kapolei — so you’ve got a more direct route into the center of town, rather than having to get off at either Ft. Barrette Rd. or Kalaeloa Blvd.

Also, coming from Central Kapolei the overpass extends the on-ramp toward Farrington Highway westbound, so hopefully the traffic going that way won’t back up into Kapolei as much.

Kapolei Interchange Project Diagram

Says HDOT: “The new interchange is expected to increase traffic flow by reducing the number of motorists taking the Makakilo offramp and motorists on Kalaeloa Boulevard between Farrington Highway and Kapolei Parkway.”

HDOT says the exit is open — though there may still be sporadic closures for finishing touches like landscaping and sign installation.

The New Exit Is Part Of The $64.5 Million Kapolei Interchange Project

This marks one of the final milestones of the four-year Kapolei Interchange Project. Work started in mid-2016, and should be wrapped up next month.

The project cost $64.5 million. Approximately $51 million came from the federal government, the state contributed approximately $7.2 million, and The James Campbell Company, LLC provided approximately $5.7 million in land value, design fees, and other consultant fees.

The project’s major players helped bless the new overpass at a ceremony on Thursday, February 13.

wakea overpass groundbreaking ceremony

Ed Brown (Goodfellow Bros), Rep. Stacelynn Eli, Ralph Rizzo (Hawaii Division Administrator for FHWA), Gov. David Ige, Rep. Sharon Har, Steve Kelly (Kapolei Properties Division), Ed Sniffen (HDOT Highways Deputy Director), and Kahu Kordell Kekoa

If you want to see current and future roadwork projects, check out the HDOT’s interactive Highway Project Status Map.

The next major road project on tap for Kapolei is improvements along Ft. Barrette Road — crews have been working there already this month. We’ll have a blog post about it soon. Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest info on that project.

All Images via Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation