Pali Highway traffic to be affected following landslide

HONOLULU — Traffic on the Pali Highway bound for Honolulu will be diverted into the Kailua-bound lanes beginning Thursday after large debris and concrete fell onto the highway during multiple landslides, Hawaii transportation officials said.

State Department of Transportation officials said the road will be affected for months as they make repairs, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .

The morning contraflow for town-bound commuters will go from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., with no lanes for Kailua-bound traffic. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Kailua-bound lanes will be used for Windward-bound traffic only.

The highway otherwise will be closed as crews work to stabilize the slopes around the Pali Tunnel, State Department of Transportation Deputy Director for Highways Ed Sniffen said.

Officials will extend Kalanianaole Highway’s morning high-occupancy vehicle contraflow lanes until 9 a.m. to help ease congestion.

Sniffen said the work to stabilize the Pali could continue for months.

The problem started Monday after multiple landslides closed the highway in both directions.

One landslide had occurred in the Kailua-bound direction after the second tunnel and another landslide occurred between the two tunnels in the Honolulu-bound direction.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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