Honolulu city and state officials are currently warning drivers to prepare for the back to school traffic that will be returning this month. If you are a long-time resident of the islands, you understand that back to school means traffic congestion on the island’s freeways.
To help with the congestion, the Department of Transportation will put freeway construction on hold during Aug. 22-26 and will modify the H-1 Freeway Zipper Lane requirements to allow more cars to use it. This should help at least ease some of the congestion, but we know that there will still be plenty of traffic to deal with.
“Nearly 55,000 students will be returning to school throughout the month of August, so we encourage people to make use of alternative modes of transportation like carpooling, bicycling, walking or riding The Bus to avoid increased traffic,” said Deputy DOT Director Jade Butay.
Remember to use your best judgment while you are out there on the roads. Everyone will need to be somewhere, and there is no need to rush. Always be safe and always be prepared. You can tune in to any radio station or television station in the mornings before you leave the house to see what the congestion looks like.