Transformer delivery from Kapolei to Palolo Valley to affect traffic on Wednesday

Transport will cause brief disruptions from about 9 to 11 a.m.

Release Date: 6/12/2018

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HONOLULU, June 12, 2018 - Contractors for Hawaiian Electric Company will deliver an 80-ton transformer from Kapolei to Palolo Valley on Wednesday, June 13, which will cause brief traffic delays from 9 to 11 a.m. Hawaiian Electric is replacing a transformer at its Pukele Substation.

The transformer is a heavy, over-sized load, requiring the transport vehicle to travel 10–15 mph on roadways and 5 mph on bridges. It will follow a route that avoids low overpasses and areas where weight limits restrict travel.

On certain bridges, the transport vehicle will need to travel either in the lane that has the best support, or in the middle of the roadway straddling two lanes of traffic.

On Farrington Highway heading east, the transport vehicle will cross over the Waikele Stream; however, it will need to use the westbound bridge. About 9:30 a.m., between Waikele Road and Waipahu Depot Street, traffic heading west on Farrington Highway will be stopped to allow the transport vehicle to cross over the stream using the stronger bridge.

Between 10:30 and 11 a.m., the transport vehicle is expected to arrive at Pukele Substation, traveling along Palolo Valley’s narrow Carlos Long and Myrtle streets. Parking on those streets will be restricted, and traffic will be stopped as the transport passes.

The transformer delivery will start at Hawaiian Electric’s Ewa Nui Substation on Farrington Highway. The route travels through the Ewa area on Kualakai Parkway, Kapolei Parkway, Geiger Road and Fort Weaver Road, and rejoins Farrington Highway heading eastbound. From Farrington Highway the route joins Kamehameha Highway heading to Radford Drive, Bougainville Drive and Valkenburgh Street, where it meets Nimitz Highway and continues town bound.

At Waiakamilo Road, the route turns mauka (toward the mountain) to Vineyard Boulevard and heads east. At Bishop Street, the route cuts through downtown where it takes South King Street to Isenberg Street, Kapiolani Boulevard and Waialae Avenue. At Palolo Avenue, the route heads deep into Palolo Valley and ends at the Pukele Substation on Myrtle Street. Please refer to the accompanying map to see the route.

The transport vehicle will be accompanied by Honolulu Police Department escort to safely direct traffic.

Transformer Delivery from Kapolei to Palolo