Hawaii DOT Suspending Most Closures When Schools Reopen

In an effort to help "Beat the School Jam," HDOT announced it will suspend construction-related road closures on major state highways during Aug. 20-24 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to alleviate congestion and help people transition into the new school year.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation Highways Division has reminded the traveling public that more than 45,000 public, private, and college students return to school this month, which means increased travel times during peak morning and evening hours. In an effort to help "Beat the School Jam," HDOT announced it will suspend construction-related road closures on major state highways during Aug. 20-24 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to alleviate congestion and help people transition into the new school year.

During the daytime construction break, emergency closures, nighttime construction, and roadwork that does not involve lane closures may still be scheduled.

HDOT reminded motorists to plan ahead, adjust commute times, make sure their vehicle is in good working order, consider carpooling or public transportation, and watch out for children walking or biking to school. "Most importantly,," it said, "drive smart and safe."

"We have made significant improvements to Hawaii's transportation infrastructure in the last few years. We will continue working to improve traffic and to help drivers and pedestrians safety navigate through our busy roadways," said Hawaii Gov. David Y. Ige.

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