Weather Related Traffic Alerts

Road Closures

Current closures and road impacts from heavy rains on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

Kauai

#Kauai #hitraffic update 2:47 PM 10/30 on Kalihiwai: Crews have completed washing the pavement and are off the roadway. #hiwx

#Kauai #hitraffic update 12:10 PM 10/30 on Kalihiwai: Debris removal is complete on Kuhio Hwy. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area until crews wash the road. #hiwx

#Kauai #hitraffic update on Kalihiwai: Contractor is onsite removing landslide debris. Traffic on Kuhio Highway in the area (South of Kalihiwai Bridge) continues to be contraflowed. Expect delays in the area. #hiwx

#Kauai #hitraffic update for Wainiha/Haena on 10/30: Sunday/Holiday schedule to take effect from 9 AM. The full schedule can be seen at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2018/08/13/updated-schedule-for-limited-local-access-to-wainiha-haena-via-kuhio-highway-effective-august-15/

Kuhio Highway south of Kalihiwai Bridge (Kalihiwai is between Kilauea and Princeville) – One lane closed with alternating traffic control due to landslide.

Oahu

All previously scheduled roadwork has been cancelled and crews will be monitoring drains in their operational areas.

#Oahu #hitraffic All lanes of Kalanianaole Hwy at Lanai Lookout have reopened following an earlier landslide. The rock scaling work is complete. #hiwx

#Oahu #hitraffic update 1:45 PM 10/30: Kalanianaole Hwy at Lanai Lookout remains closed in both directions. HDOT will conduct rock scaling in the area before reopening the roadway. #hiwx

#Oahu #hitraffic alert 12:44 PM 10/30: Both lanes of Kalanianaole Highway a quarter mile east of Lanai Lookout are closed due to landslide. Crew is on the way. #hiwx

#Oahu #hitraffic update 11:45 AM 10/30: Kamehameha Highway at Waikane Stream is open in both directions. #hiwx

10/30 11:40 AM: Crew was not able to conduct the street light pole inspections due to rain. Will be rescheduled.

#Oahu #hitraffic update 11 AM 10/30: Per HNL Info Kamehameha Hwy at Waikane Valley Rd is closed in both directions due to flooding.

#Oahu #hitraffic update 10:15 AM 10/30: The tree on Pali Highway/Kailua Road between Castle Hospital and Kapaa Quarry Road has been removed. All lanes are open. #hiwx

#Oahu #hitraffic update 9:30 10/30: Tree blocking Honolulu-bound lanes and left lane Kailua-bound of Pali Highway/Kailua Road between Castle Hospital and Kapaa Quarry Road. Windward and Honolulu crews responding. #hiwx

#Oahu #hitraffic update 9:15 AM 10/30: We will be closing the right lane of the westbound H-201 Moanalua Freeway from Ola Lane to Puuloa to check light poles this morning.

H-201 Moanalua Freeway westbound at Fort Shafter – Two lanes were blocked earlier due to a fallen light pole. Light pole has been moved and lanes reopened as of 7:45 AM.


Tips to Consider When Driving in the Rain

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) urges drivers to educate themselves on how to prepare for rainy weather and exercise safe driving practices. Even before rainfall, motorists should check their cars to make sure they are in proper working condition before getting on the road. When driving through the rain, functional lights, tires, and windshield wipers are essential for optimum safety. Roadways can become very slick during rainy weather, so drive cautiously and make sure to give yourself enough stopping distance to avoid collisions. If flooding or ponding occurs on the road, avoid the area. Rushing water has enough force to carry vehicles.

Preventative Actions

  1. Always use your seat belt and make sure that all passengers are properly restrained.
  2. Make sure all lights on your vehicle are in working order. This includes headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, and interior lights.
  3. Rainy conditions limit visibility, so do what you can to maintain a clear view. Make sure your windshield wipers are in working order, and keep your windshield and windows clean. If windows fog up, use your air conditioner to reduce humidity.
  4. Check your tires regularly to make sure they have adequate tread. This will reduce your chances of hydroplaning and skidding.

Actions to Take While Driving

  1. Turn your headlights on even in a light rain or in gloomy, foggy, or overcast conditions. It will help you see the road and help other drivers see you. If your car has daytime running lights, you should still put your headlights on, so vehicles behind you can see you better.
  2. Do not drive through flood waters. As little as 1 foot of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.
  3. Slow down to avoid hydroplaning, and allow for increased stopping distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you as tires do not grip as well to wet roadways.
  4. Do not use cruise control.
  5. Drive defensively. Steering around an obstacle is preferred over braking to avoid a collision since sudden braking on wet roadways can lead to skidding especially at speeds over 25 mph.
  6. If your car begins to skid, avoid slamming on the brakes as this will make it harder to regain control. Instead, continue to steer in the direction you want to go until your wheels have regained traction.