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O‘ahu Prepares for President Trump’s Arrival

November 3, 2017, 9:38 AM HST
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The U.S. Coast Guard partners to enforce security zone near Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on O‘ahu during President Donald Trump’s arrival.

 

 

Big Islanders planning to travel to O‘ahu today should prepare for traffic delays and detours due to President Donald Trump’s arrival to the island. Motorists are encouraged to account for extra travel time on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, between 1 and 8 p.m.

Due to security protocols, the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation is not provided advance information regarding the president’s specific travel plans, times and routes.

Sharable information will be released to the public as soon as possible.

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During previous presidential visits, the Secret Service has directed intermittent closures in both directions of the traveled roadway, in addition to closing onramps, overpasses and underpasses on the route.

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Publicly available information suggests that presidential motorcade movements may result in delays on the following routes.

• 2–3 p.m.: Eastbound closures from Pearl Harbor to Waikiki
• 4–5 p.m.: Westbound closures from Waikiki to Pearl Harbor
• 7–8 p.m.: Eastbound closures from Pearl Harbor to Waikiki

The HDOT will extend Freeway Service Patrol hours to 8 p.m. on Friday to assist any motorists in their service area of the H-1 Freeway between Kunia to Ainakoa Avenue, the H-201 Moanalua Freeway, and the H-2 Freeway from the H-1/H-2 interchange to Ka Uka Boulevard.

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Motorists needing emergency roadside assistance should call 841-HELP (4357).

More information on FSP is available online.

As always, the HDOT strongly encourages drivers to use the many applications and resources available to check up-to-the-minute traffic conditions.

HDOT offers www.GoAkamai.org—a website with current traffic conditions and incidents on the state freeways, 200 traffic cameras around O‘ahu, drive times and more. With the free MyGoAkamai feature, drivers can receive customized alerts and information pertinent to their specific route, time and day they are on the road.

Looking at traffic conditions in advance can help drivers decide which route is best or if they should adjust the time they start their trip. There are also a variety of other free traffic-related applications and services available to help drivers with their planning. The HDOT advises drivers to look up the information on their devices prior to getting behind the wheel of their car. Drive safely and obey traffic laws.

In addition, Coast Guard personnel, federal, state and local law enforcement partners will enforce a security zone in waters off Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Friday and Saturday.

The security zone is necessary to ensure the safety of the president.

The security zone will be in effect from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, and from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, unless canceled earlier by the Coast Guard Captain Michael Long.

The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Honolulu Police Department and other federal, state and county law enforcement agencies to conduct patrols of the area under the direction of the U.S. Secret Service.

The Coast Guard has established a security zone on waters off of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. To the north of the airport, the security zone includes all waters surrounding Honolulu International Airport within Keehi Lagoon. To the south of the airport, the security zone includes the waters from 21 degrees 18 minutes north latitude and 157 degrees 55.58 minutes west longitude east to Kalihi Channel Buoy number 5 and all waters south to about two mile offshore. This includes anchorages B, C and D.

Under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 33 CFR 165.33, the law prohibits any unauthorized person or vessel from entering or remaining in this security zone. Any person entering the zone without the permission of the Coast Guard captain of the port is subject to a penalty of not more than $90,063 for each violation or a criminal penalty resulting in imprisonment of not more than 25 years and a fine of not more than $250,000. Offending vessels may also be seized and held liable for any monetary assessments.

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