Princeville traffic backs up with bridge closing

PRINCEVILLE — North Shore’s rush hour turned into a good-natured  parking lot on Tuesday evening on either side of the Kalihiwai Bridge between Kilauea and Princeville.

State workers closed the bridge between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and were expected to close the bridge during the same hours today for tree trimming and tree removal work in the wake of last month’s storms.

“Well, I guess I’ll be late for dinner,” Francisco Salas, a painter from Kapa‘a, said. Unable to cross the bridge, he waited with as many as 50 other motorists in stalled traffic backed up at least half a mile.

“I guess we’ll just have to go to a bar and drink,” visitor Leslie Simpson of Portland, Ore., said. Tyler Williams of Flagstaff, Ariz., said he was glad he didn’t “have to make a flight.”

“I had no idea, or I would have avoided it,” said Moku Crain of Kilauea.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.