Emergency slope stabilization on Kuhio Highway near Hanalei Bridge continues May 6

Posted on May 5, 2019 in Highways News, Main, News

LIHUE – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises the public of ongoing emergency slope stabilization on Kuhio Highway (Route 560) at mile marker 1 on the hill leading to Hanalei Bridge. Crews closed the Hanalei bound lane of the highway at mile marker 1 on May 4 in response to a rock slide. 

Kuhio Highway in this location is currently limited to one lane. Traffic is allowed in both directions with alternating traffic control.

Work on the slope May 5 included removal of a large tree that had been cracked by the falling rocks and rock scaling. During the emergency work, flagmen may temporarily stop traffic to prevent passing vehicles from being hit by the loose material being scaled from the slope. The traveling public is asked to avoid the area if possible and to treat the traffic control personnel with courtesy.

The Hanalei bound lane will remain closed overnight with flagmen present to direct traffic. Crews will return at 7 a.m. Monday, May 6 to complete the slope stabilization. Stoppages of traffic in both directions will continue tomorrow and may last between 30-40 minutes during the rock scaling operations.

HDOT will continue to update the community on the one lane closure of Kuhio Highway at mile marker 1 through its Facebook and Twitter accounts at https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiDepartmentOfTransportation/ and https://twitter.com/DOTHawaii.