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DOT: Kawalii Rock Slide Repairs Continue

October 8, 2015, 5:34 PM HST
* Updated October 8, 5:36 PM
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A landslide that took place Tuesday around 2 a.m. along the Kawalii Gulch has led the Hawai’i Department of Transportation to keep one lane of the roadway closed through Sunday.

DOT officials say roadwork will continue and a 24-hour lane closure between Old Mamalahoa Highway and Jardine Road will remain in effect as slope stabilization takes place.

The closure is expected to last through Sunday night at 10 p.m. as work resumes daily from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

During the roadwork, the northbound lane of the roadway will remain open and an alternating traffic pattern will be in effect.

Maintenance crews will assist with the traffic flow on a 24-hour basis with an alternation between directions occurring in five-minute intervals.

Kawalii Gulch. Department of Transportation photo.

Kawalii Gulch. Department of Transportation photo.


Slope scaling work will be conducted as a preventative measure to minimize the likelihood of rockslides in the future, and concrete blocks and steel plates will be put in place to protect the public and pavement surface from rocks or other debris that could be dislodged from the slope.


DOT officials say that debris will be removed from the site and properly disposed of.

Ongoing roadway improvements in the area will continue on Monday, Oct. 12 and last through Oct. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Motorists who drive through the partially closed area are advised to drive with caution and allow extra time for travel.


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