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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 6:37 p.m., Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Motorists facing hour-long delays

Advertiser Staff

City officials are advising motorists to expect delays of 30 minutes to an hour or longer as the closure of Pali Highway has late-afternoon traffic backed up on Likelike Highway and downtown surface streets.

"We have backflow (from Likelike) onto the H-1," Transportation Services Director Mel Kaku said at 6:20 p.m. from the city's Traffic Control Center.

Kaku said to help the flow on surface streets, such as North School leading to Likelike, officials extended the green-light cycle.

"Because of the redirection of traffic, getting out of town is the challenge," Kaku said.

Westbound H-1 Freeway traffic opens up after the Red Hill bottleneck, Kaku said.

Transportation officials were awaiting an update from Mayor Mufi Hannemann as the weather forecast is for more rains between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the windward side.

State Department of Transportation crews are working to prevent more problems with the hillside area where an earlier landslide forced the closure of Pali Highway, said Kaku.