June 17 New Target for Kuhio Highway Opening

LIHU`E, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — The Hawaii Department of Transportation now says they are aiming for June 17th to reopen the Kuhio Highway all the way to the north coast without restrictions. Motorists will be able to use the rebuilt route which was severely damaged in floods in April of 2018 starting at 5:00 AM on Monday morning following the completion of the full weekend closure of Waikoko Bridge. Kuhio Highway past Waipa Bridge is currently accessible only to placard-holders on a set schedule. Crews worked through the Kamehameha Day holiday Tuesday to finish up work. Non-residents planning to access the area after restrictions are lifted are reminded that a new “no parking” zone has been established between Haena Place and Kee Beach with violators subject to fines of $200 plus an additional $200 surcharge. Also, access to Haena State Park is now by reservation only. Construction closures to complete the replacements of Waikoko Bridge and Waipa Bridge are currently scheduled for the nights of Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13. The full weekend closure for Waikoko Bridge is scheduled for June 14-17. The second full weekend closure of Kuhio Highway at Waipa Bridge is now scheduled for July 12-15. This closure was scheduled to avoid the weekends of the Haena to Hanalei Run and the July 4th Holiday weekend. Wainiha and Haena residents and other authorized placard-holders should retain their placards for access during the full weekend closure in July.

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