One lane of highway may open Saturday

LIHUE — The Hawaii Department of Transportation is on track to open an emergency access route to Wainiha and Haena on Saturday.

This one lane route would be used exclusively for emergency responders and coordinated disaster recovery operations, according to HDOT. After the single lane for emergency access is cleared, there will be a 5,000-pound weight restriction placed on the route.

Access for the North Shore community to the single lane is expected by May 7. Speed and weight restrictions to ensure safety will be put in place. After the final repairs, the restrictions will be lifted and access restored to North Shore residents.

The installation of temporary bridges adjacent to the Waioli, Waipa, and Waikoko Bridges will allow HDOT to bring in material for the final repairs to the two areas on Kuhio Highway structurally affected by landslides below the highway.

The Acrow bridges have been ordered and are expected to arrive within two to three weeks. Installation of the bridges following the arrival is expected to take another two to three weeks.

State crews continue to work to stabilize and clear debris on Kuhio Highway from Waikoko to Wainiha, which has been closed since the April 14 flooding due to over a dozen landslides.

Structural inspections of all state bridges in flood affected areas, except for Wailua River Bridge, were completed last Friday. No structural issues were found on any of the inspected bridges. An inspection of Wailua River Bridge will be performed when inspectors are able to view the pier structures in Wailua River. HDOT crews are clearing debris in the river at the mauka Wailua River Bridge.

3 Comments
  1. william April 27, 2018 5:24 am Reply

    “….on track to open an emergency access route to Wainiha and Haena on Saturday. This one lane route would be used exclusively for emergency responders and coordinated disaster recovery operations, according to HDOT….. Access for the North Shore community to the single lane is expected by May 7.”

    This seems clear, but I want to confirm please. Does this mean that if all goes as planned, on May 7 people will be able to enter and leave Wainiha and Haena at without restrictions (other than likely long waits? Maholo.


    1. sean April 27, 2018 10:53 am Reply

      The article/press release is a bit vague in regards to non-emergency access. Could some get the DOT to please elaborate or clarify this important detail? Thanks.


  2. Charlie Chimknee April 27, 2018 7:44 am Reply

    Aloha, did the inspection include the Kilauea side giant piling holding up that end of the Kalihiwai Bridge, the photos of the flooding that went around the cell phone texting circuit showed a threatening amount of earth eroded away from the bottom of that piling.

    It would be relieving to know that that structure has been evaluated and determined to be safe, especially for those of us who cross that bridge almost every day.

    Mahalo,

    Charles


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