The Mother of All Traffic Jams
It was the “mother of all traffic jams” last night after an Army tractor trailer truck with a crane on top of it scraped and damaged an overhead pedestrian walkway crossing the H1 freeway yesterday. The afternoon accident forced the state to shut down the H1 shortly after, which made the homebound traffic commute a nightmare for motorists living on the Leeward side of Oahu.
The freeway was shut down for up to 12 hours yesterday into the wee hours of this morning while state construction crews dismantled the overpass. Commuters spent many hours stuck in traffic, even if they delayed their commute by a few hours away from the rush hour peak. The sad fact was rush hour never peaked and got over until very, very late last night and quite possibly into the morning.
A friend of mine spent many hours stuck in The Bus on his homebound commute from Honolulu back to Ewa Beach. He called me at home to get an update of the traffic situation. All I could do was provide him with snippets of information that I got from the late evening TV news, the Honolulu traffic camera website and a few postings on the HawaiiThreads.com message board site. In all a truly sad evening commute.
This morning part of the overpass is down and certainly an investigation has probably already started. The public will definitely blame the military for this since it was a military vehicle and its cargo that caused this mess.
Links to more information:
- STUCK! – Honolulu Star Bulletin, 9-6-06
- Slow Traffic Ahead – Honolulu Advertiser, 9-6-06
- Crane crunches Aiea pedestrian overpass, HawaiiThreads.com, 9-5-06
- Honolulu Traffic Camera Website
Photo: A video still of last night’s mega traffic jam on the H1 freeway as captured from KITV 4 News @ TheHawaiiChannel.com.