Copper Thefts Leave H3 Call Boxes Inoperable
By Wendy Osher
The state Department of Transportation is seeking the public’s help in stopping new thefts of copper wiring on the H-3 Freeway.
DOT officials say electrical copper wiring on the H-3 Freeway was cut sometime in late April.
The incident was reported on the Halawa-side of the tunnels, near the Halawa Interchange.
As a result, the damage rendered all emergency call boxes and six traffic monitoring cameras on the Halawa-side of the tunnels inoperable.
Fiber optic communications cabling was also cut, affecting control over electronic message boards that are used to display tunnel lane closure information on the Halawa-side.
The copper wiring in several conduits was also cut but not taken.
Police reports have been filed and repairs to the wiring are pending.
Motorists who observe possible copper wiring thefts or suspicious activity are asked to call 9-1-1 and report the location to police immediately.