Hawaii Highways road photos -- Other Freeways

(Oahu part 3 of 6 -- other Oahu parts: Interstate H-3 · Interstate H-1 ·
Other Oahu South · Other Oahu West · Other Oahu East)

This page has more than a dozen photos of Oahu's other freeways, Interstate H-2 from Pearl City to Wahiawa, and the Moanalua Freeway (most is Interstate H-201, but the entire freeway was originally signed only as state route 78) from Aiea to Honolulu. This page includes several photos of the new Interstate route signs on the Moanalua Freeway, installed in July 2004.

NOTE: In case you want more detail, you can click most of the photos below (generally those from my 2001 and 2005 trips) to view an enlarged, higher-quality (less .jpg compression) version. Those alternate versions have larger file sizes, so please be patient while they download.

Interstate H-2
(recently named the Veterans Memorial Freeway)
END FREEWAY sign as H-2 northbound approaches the Schofield Barracks area The exact north end of Interstate H-2 is just before the yellow "end freeway" overhead sign, and driveways for some of the shops serving soldiers at the adjacent Schofield Barracks Army base. The on-ramp from the right carries traffic from the Kamehameha Highway (part of state route 99 south of H-2, state route 80 to the north). This highway continues beyond the "end freeway" sign as Wilikina Drive (also part of state route 99). (November 2001)
While Interstate H-3 is definitely the most scenic Interstate in Hawaii, H-2 is also rather scenic, viewed here southbound near the freeway's north end. (May 2000)
Scenic view of H2 southbound, with H2 shield at right
Name sign near south end of northbound H-2, identifying it as Veterans Memorial Freeway
Most of Hawaii's Interstates were assigned only route numbers, and not route names (like all of Hawaii's other highways), until 2002. Signs like this one, on northbound H-2 near its south end, posting the new names include a hyphenated Interstate shield with the state name. (October 2004, courtesy of Ryan Ozawa)
Left entrance from southbound H-2 onto eastbound H-1, with left exit onto H-1 HOV lane
H-2's south end is at this left entrance onto eastbound Interstate H-1. The white sign on the left indicates a left exit from the end of H-2 to H-1's "zipper lane" (eastbound- and morning rush-only, HOV movable-barrier-separated express lane, created from two westbound lanes). (November 2001)

Moanalua Freeway (Interstate H-201/state route 78)

The west end of the Moanalua Freeway (here designated solely as state route 78), where its westbound lanes merge into the Kamehameha Highway (state route 99) northbound. (November 2001)
Merge of westbound Moanalua Freeway into northbound Kamehameha Highway
West end of H-201, just west of bridge over H-1
The exact western end of Interstate H-201 is just ahead (west) of the bridge over Interstate H-1 on which I was standing, where the entrance ramp on the left from H-1 exit 13B merges with the through eastbound lanes. The Moanalua Freeway continues from this point about ¾ mile, designated as well as signed as state route 78, to the interchange with the Kamehameha Highway (state route 99) shown above. (November 2001)
New Interstate H-201 sign on overhead above Moanalua Freeway, eastbound approaching exit 1B
Beginning in July 2004, Hawaii DOT started adding Interstate shields to the Interstate-designated part of the Moanalua Freeway, about a decade and a half after that segment was added to the Interstate system. The "bubble" shape of the Interstate shield blank, and the skinny characters, helped squeeze the four-character route number onto the shield, though at the expense of legibility. This photo was taken on the eastbound freeway, near H-201's west end, just before the overpass for the long ramp directly connecting westbound Interstate H-3 with westbound Interstate H-1, and just after the HOV lane begins on the left side of the roadway. (May 2005)

The eastbound junction with Interstate H-3 eastbound. H-3 was built with sophisticated computerized traffic management systems, including the electronic display on this exit sign. (May 2000)
H201/HI 78 eastbound, at jct H3, with electronic 'exit only' sign above right lane
Overhead signs above Moanalua Freeway, eastbound at Interstate H-3 exit, including new Interstate H-201 sign
This set of overhead signs, right at the eastbound Interstate H-3 exit, includes the new Interstate H-201 signage. Also shown, at far left, is a small sign warning of penalties for violators of HOV restrictions on the left lane. (July 2004, photo courtesy of Brian Galapin)

A freestanding H-201 reassurance shield, along the eastbound freeway just west of exit 3. (May 2005)
Freestanding H201 reassurance shield
H201/H1 78 eastbound, approaching exit for Tripler Hospital Overhead sign assembly on H-201, showing HI 78 signage, and exit for HI 7310
Approaching exit 3 eastbound, the overhead signs show how H-201 used to be signed only as a state route, and also include one of the few references on an overhead to one of Hawaii's minor 4-digit routes. (Oddly enough, the overhead is the only visible evidence of the numbering for the road between the airport and the hospital. There are no route shields, or even mileposts, on that road, except some stray markers at its southern end indicating its former designation as state route 66.) (Both photos May 2000)
Overhead sign assembly on H-201, showing new Interstate signage, upcoming exit for HI 7310, and 50 mph speed limit
The new version of the above overhead sign assembly, showing the Interstate route shield replacing the old state route 78 signage, as well as the low 50 mph speed limit for most of the freeway. (May 2005)

H-201 and the Moanalua Freeway merge at their east end into Interstate H-1, at the Kahauiki Interchange, viewed here from the eastbound H-201/Moanalua Freeway shoulder. The middle level of this interchange is westbound H-1; the upper level is the Middle Street overpass. (November 2001)
H-201 eastbound, approaching its east end at the Kahauiki Interchange
Merge of eastbound H-201 into eastbound H-1        Terminal milepost 4.83 at H-201/H-1 merge
Within the Kahauiki Interchange, the eastbound H-201/Moanalua Freeway lanes (three lanes on the left) merge with H-1 eastbound (two lanes on the right) as H-1's eastbound lanes emerge from the Middle Street Tunnel, in the photo above left. Above right, a terminal milepost, mounted under the merge sign (reflecting the total mileage for the Moanalua Freeway, including the non-Interstate portion), marks the formal end of H-201. (Both photos November 2001)

Ryan Ozawa's new HawaiiRoads.com site has lots of additional H-2 photos.

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