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DOE News Release: New vehicle height clearance bars to be installed at HNL

Posted on Nov 29, 2019 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division notifies the public it is replacing the existing PVC height clearance pipes with new steel bars at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). The bars are being replaced to help prevent damage to personal vehicles and airport property.

The clearance pipes alert a driver if their vehicle is too tall to enter the structure, however drivers either did not notice or disregarded the height clearance warnings when entering. The new steel bars will prevent over height vehicles from entering the facility and may cause severe damage if it comes in contact with the vehicle.

Motorists should take precautions and know their vehicle height before attempting to enter the airport property. The clearance heights will remain the same and are listed below:

  • Terminal 2 Parking Structure: 6 feet 2 inches
  • Terminal 1 Parking Structure: 7 feet
  • International Parking Structure: 8 feet
  • Roadway clearance: 13 feet

The installation of the new height clearance bars will be conducted nightly beginning Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Some entrances may not be accessible during construction. Temporary lane closures and traffic control measures will also be necessary to replace the bars over the ground level and second floor roadways.

To view pictures associated with this announcement, including a damaged sign caused by an over height vehicle click here.