Copper Thefts Leave H3 Call Boxes Inoperable

May 1, 2012, 2:09 PM HST · Updated May 1, 2:13 PM
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H-3 Freeway copper wiring and communications cables were cut in junction boxes and underground conduits sometime in late April near the Halawa Interchange. Photo courtesy Hawai'i Department of Transportation.

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.

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As a result, the damage rendered all emergency call boxes and six traffic monitoring cameras on the Halawa-side of the tunnels inoperable.

Damage to the copper wiring and fiber optic communications has rendered all emergency callboxes and six traffic monitoring cameras on the Halawa-side of the tunnels inoperative. Control over electronic messageboards displaying tunnel lane closure information was also damaged on the Halawa-side. Photo courtesy Hawai'i Department of Transportation.

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.

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