KILAUEA — Single-lane closures in the southbound lane on Kuhio Highway south of Kalihiwai Bridge, mile marker 25, were scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and end about 5 a.m. today, the Hawaii Department of Transportation reported.
Traffic was slated to be alternated in both directions in the northbound lane. Traffic control, setting up cones and lights, began at 6:30 p.m. weather permitting and work on the fence to prevent mud and rocks from impacting travel lanes was set to take place at 7 p.m.
All work was weather permitting.
The area has been being cleaned up and repaired since a landslide there about 5 p.m. Friday. Traffic has been delayed throughout the weekend.
While some thanked the HDOT for its efforts, others questioned how the traffic flow was handled.
“Why did you NOT provide alternative lane traffic? Your employees would only let the northbound lane go, but not the southbound lane,” posted one commenter on HDOT Facebook site. “The southbound lane was maybe miles long. What is the reasoning for this?”
Heavy rains have caused problems on the North Shore lately. They led to Hanalei School being closed Thursday and Friday. The Hanalei Bridge was closed three times Wednesday and Thursday.
There have been three other recent landslides on the North Shore.
There were two landslides in Wainiha on Feb. 23 within a few hours of each other that took two full days to clear, and prevented many residents from traveling to work.
Another one Thursday at mile marker 5 took a few hours to clear.
More rain is in the forecast.