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.

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