Memorial Day schedule for local access to Kuhio Highway between Waikoko and Wainiha

Posted on May 27, 2018 in Highways News, Main, News


 LIHUE – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces a modified schedule for local access to Kuhio Highway (Route 560) between Waikoko and Wainiha for the Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 28, 2018.

Local access to Wainiha and Haena will follow the Sunday schedule of alternating trips between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. As announced by the County of Kauai on Monday, May 7, 2018, the schedule for local access is:

Monday through Saturday

  • 6 a.m. First trip from Waikoko to Wainiha.
  • 6:30 a.m. First trip from Wainiha to Waikoko, to include shuttle.
  • 8:30 a.m. Waikoko to Wainiha.
  • 9 a.m. Wainiha to Waikoko.
  • 12 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha.
  • 12:20 p.m. Wainiha to Waikoko, to include shuttle.
  • 12:40 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha, to include shuttle.
  • 1 p.m. Wainiha to Waikoko.
  • From 5 to 6:30 p.m. local residents will be escorted through the closure on an alternating basis, and the checkpoints will be locked at 7 p.m.


  • Limited local access is available on an alternating basis between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • The first trip begins at 7 a.m. from Waikoko to Wainiha. A pilot vehicle will escort placarded vehicles under 10,000 pounds from the checkpoint to the other side of the closure in Wainiha. The pilot vehicle will then escort vehicles from Wainiha to Waikoko and continue on an alternating basis until approximately 6:30 p.m. when the vehicle will lead the last caravan of the day from Wainiha to the Waikoko checkpoint.

As a reminder, the single lane route is available to Wainiha and Haena residents only as well as precleared recovery workers and volunteers. Those without county-issued placards or preclearance from the Kauai Emergency Management Agency will not be allowed through the checkpoints for their safety, the safety of the construction crews, and to avoid additional damage to the roadway. Speed and weight restrictions remain in effect along the 2-mile route; with a speed limit of 5 mph in some areas and 15 mph elsewhere along the single lane and a 10,000-pound (5 ton) weight restriction—excepting emergency response vehicles authorized by HDOT.

HDOT crews continue the soil nail and anchor wall stabilization below Route 560 at the sites in Waikoko and Wainiha as well as slope stabilization work at various scour sites along the route. A detailed schedule for restoration of the two-lane route will be made available following the upgrade of the Waioli, Waipa, and Waikoko bridges.

A public informational meeting for the bridge and roadway repairs along Kuhio Highway (Routes 56 and 560) will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Additional details on the meeting are as follows:

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) are conducting emergency repairs to the roadway and bridges along Kuhio Highway (Route 560 and Route 56). The project involves repairing and replacing roadways that were damaged following heavy rains, flooding, and landslides in April 2018. Repairs vary by location but include debris removal, slope scaling, slope revetment, roadway and slope stabilization, pavement repairs, road reconstruction, and repairs to stream crossings. Bridges for Waikoko Stream, Waipā Stream, and Waiʻoli Stream require replacement primarily to allow transport of heavy equipment and materials for the repairs.

HDOT will conduct a public informational meeting to update the community on the on-going repairs and gather community input. The meeting will be held on the following date and time:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.)

Hanalei Elementary School Cafeteria (5-5415 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei)

The meeting focus will range from locations identified for repair, design, construction, general timing, historic properties, and all other general project concerns. If you require special accommodations at the meeting, please contact the HDOT Project Manager, Mr. Lawrence Dill. Mr. Dill can be reached by phone at (808) 241-3000, by email at [email protected], or by letter addressed to 1720 Haleukana Street, Lihue, HI 96766.