Umauma Bridge to temporarily close in anticipation of high winds

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 in Highways News, Main, News

HILO – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is alerting the public it will close the Umauma Bridge on Route 19 in both directions in the vicinity of Hakalau beginning at 3:00 p.m. today due to the high winds associated with Storm Madeline. All traffic will be detoured to the Old Mamalahoa Highway.

Highway 19 will be closed between Leopolino Road and Kauniho Road. Motorists should follow the temporary detour signs that will be installed along the Old Mamalahoa Highway. Vehicles using the detour will be unescorted. Motorists should drive with caution, expect delays and adjust their travel times as needed. If possible, motorists are advised to avoid the area or use alternate routes. HDOT is coordinating with Hawaii County Civil Defense to assist with alerting the communities.

HDOT will continue to monitor the storm and will reopen the bridge when conditions subside.