No contraflow this week

WAILUA — The state Department of Transportation announced that the Kuhio Highway southbound contraflow between the Kapa‘a bypass road in Waipouli and Kapule Highway in Hanama‘ulu will not operate today through Friday, July 30, due to an equipment failure.

Continued maintenance on one of the vehicles that allows DOT crews to safely place the cones along the four miles of highway went down Friday.

There were no contraflow operations on Saturday.

Mechanics worked through the weekend to prepare the contraflow truck for normal operations today, but found issues that will take additional time to address.

Normal operations for the Kuhio Highway contraflow through the Wailua corridor are weekdays between 4:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Saturdays between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

  1. Joe Maka July 26, 2021 6:48 am Reply

    Not an equipment fail, rather a management and design fail. The DOT is failing in so many ways, for so many years. Kinda a joke (unless you need to get somewhere).

  2. YuCalJoe July 26, 2021 8:13 am Reply

    I just got home from Kauai last night. Contraflow needs to happen for longer hours during the heavy tourist season. As for placing cones safely, a county vehicle could just get in line and go 1 mile per hour like everyone else and place cones. I saw a family walk from the old Foodland area to the Coconut Marketplace before I could drive half of the same distance. Too many tourists, Kauai. Time to raise tourist fees across the board. Disney does this to reduce crowds at its theme parks, while not losing the cash inflow from the demand. It also keeps out many of the type of visitors they don’t want (poor behaving people). As for wearing masks, I observed that those who weren’t wearing them were split equally between residents and visitors alike. I did witness lots of Aloha when it came to traffic. Sad to see the extensive beach erosion that is occurring all over the island. Nature is in charge, and it decides what and when to change things.

  3. RGLadder37 July 26, 2021 2:58 pm Reply

    I think Kauai should consider building more side roads. Like from Haena to Polihale. Circle island would open up the island to more tourist, but less cumbersome style of businesses around the island. Easy flowing. This would do wonders for tourism.

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