September or October Before Kuhio Slope Work Finished

HANALEI, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — The Hawaii Department of Transportation now says that slope stabilization work on Kuhio Highway near the Hanalei Bridge will take until fall to complete. Recent storms have caused material to repeatedly fall onto the highway at mile marker 1. For the past week, crews have climbed the bluff side, scraping loose material, and then hauling away the debris as it lands below. That process is requiring one-hour traffic delays into and out of Hanalei as the road is shut down in both directions during the removal. The delays are causing problems for local businesses. The state says it wants to eliminate the problem permanently by installing a metal mesh over the hillside at the side. Intermittent closure of the road in both directions for 30-45-minute periods will occur during rock scaling operations. To mitigate delays to the public, crews will do the scaling at the top of the hour and will flush traffic in both directions with flagmen. These stoppages are expected on May 14 between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM and additional rock scaling work may be needed after May 14. On April 30, HDOT announced that the full opening of the road would be the week of May 20. They now are targeting a partial opening from Lihu`e to the Waipa Bridge for June 13th. The remain few miles may have to wait another four to five months until fall when the new slope stabilization project has been completed.

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