Hanalei Slope repairs ongoing; lane closures to last six months

HANALEI — Work to reduce landslides, rocks falling and soil erosion began last week on the hillside from Princeville to Hanalei, just before the Hanalei Bridge, and with the work will come frequent lane closures of Kuhio Highway in the vicinity Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

One lane will be open during most of the working hours, with traffic alternating between northbound and southbound. Two lanes of traffic will be open during all project non-working hours.

The Princeville-bound lane has been closed while the contractor grades the road shoulders. Flagmen will be onsite to ensure traffic flows as smoothly as possible.

Contractor Earthworks Pacific will perform rock scaling, rock demolition using mechanical wedging equipment, removal of large boulders and the placement and anchoring of a wire mesh system along the slope. The work is expected to be completed by mid-December or sooner, weather permitting.

For safety and convenience, officials are asking residents and visitors to plan extra driving time if going through the area.

Call Caroline Sluyter, Hawai‘i Department of Transportation,  at 808-587-2160 for more information.

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