ANAHOLA — The Public Works Department road crew will be using heavy equipment to replace the burlap sandbags placed along an eroded portion of ‘Aliomanu Road today from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., a county press release states.
The project, which started Thursday, is a temporary measure to protect the eroded shoreline from further erosion until the county can begin construction of a revetment wall as a permanent solution.
The sandbag-replacement work was scheduled for last week, but a delay in the bag shipment caused the work to be rescheduled.
Deputy County Engineer Lyle Tabata said the permanent solution will include reconstruction of 300 feet of the roadway that has been partially eroded and a 500-foot revetment wall along the shoreline to protect the roadway.
The project originated in 2007 as a result of shoreline erosion due to wave action, he said.
“The erosion has encroached into the pavement section,” Tabata said. “We are in the midst of an emergency action waiting on permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Department of Health to proceed with the repair work.”
The whole process, which included an environmental assessment, Tabata said, is a long and arduous one.
He said the county has a permit from DLNR to harvest sand from the area at the river mouth for the project.
Motorists are advised to exercise caution and expect delays while driving through the area.
Call the Roads Division at 241-4847 for more information.