HDOT Highways update on Hurricane Lane, August 22, 2018

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 in Highways News, Main, News

Pre-storm closures of Pali Highway, Kuhio Highway planned from late Thursday. Left lanes of the H-3 in both directions at the Harano Tunnels to close Thursday morning for staging.

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) continues to prepare for potential impacts of Hurricane Lane.

HDOT Highways Division is urging the public to make their hurricane preparations and stay off the roads during the anticipated arrival of high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge associated with tropical cyclones. As a reminder, contraflow lanes on all islands, including the Zipper lane, will not be open Thursday and Friday. The Freeway Service Patrol on Oahu will also not be running during the lead up and possible landfall of Hurricane Lane.

Out of an abundance of caution HDOT will be closing the following routes:

Pali Highway Kailua/Kaneohe bound lanes at Nuuanu Pali Drive from 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 until the storm passes and the road is assessed for potential rockfall threat.
Kuhio Highway between Wainiha and Waikoko after the 11 p.m. convoy Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Limited local access will resume after crews assess the slope for potential storm damage.

Motorists are asked to use caution or avoid unnecessary travel on coastal roads and roads prone to flooding or landslides. As of 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, Bayfront Highway (Highway 19) in Hilo was closed due to ponding on the road and both lanes Akoni Pule Highway (Route 270) reopened following a small landslide.

HDOT Highways Division Oahu District is coordinating with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management on staging of equipment at the H-3 Harano Tunnels. This will require closure of the left lanes of both directions of the H-3 Freeway starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, through Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.

During staging at the Harano Tunnels the right lanes in both directions will be accessible. HDOT asks the public for their cooperation and patience as we work with our partners to prepare for Hurricane Lane.

Please continue to follow HDOT’s social media accounts, https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiDepartmentOfTransportation/ and https://twitter.com/DOTHawaii for updates and visit the HDOT Hurricane Lane webpage at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/hurricane-lane/