Single-lane traffic flow returning to Kalihiwai Bridge

  • Photo courtesy state Department of Transportation

    Rock scaling is done at Kuhio Highway south of Kalihiwai Bridge. Both lanes were open until 6 p.m. Sunday, then closed to one lane for work to continue.

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.

  1. DOTnotsosmart March 19, 2018 8:44 am Reply

    All the disaster preparedness training year after year and these state DOT engineers and KPD lack the critical thinking skills on traffic control. Once you contain the landslide then you must clear traffic before you compile and create other emergency factors. These boys and girls just don’t get it and when a real disaster arrives these are the people in charge? Good luck kauai and tourists and kiss your behinds goodbye. Nepotism is a great concern in the islands and it showed immensely during that minor landslide. How many grenades (potholes) we all have to dodge driving on the northsore? It’s become so dangerous that people are driving erratically. But the Mayor has prioritized a 10 million dollar revitalization of the no one shops on Rice Street area. Go and check out what a waste Hardy street has cost Kauai by another 10 million wasted dollars. DOT not so smart.

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