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Scheduled Lane Closures Feb. 29-March 4

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File photo by Jamilia Epping.

File photo by Jamilia Epping.

The State of Hawai’i Department of Transportation and the County of Hawai’i Department of Public Works have announced the following temporary road closures for Monday, Feb. 29 through Friday, March 4.

Continuous activity on Umauma Bridge in Hakalau will cause alternating lane closures near mile marker 16 on Highway 19 to remain on a seven-day-a-week, 24-hour schedule as bridge rehabilitation work is underway. Speed on the bridge is reduced to 20 miles per hour.

A 24-hour detour on the Kea’au-Pahoa Bypass Road in both directions, between Pahoa Marketplace and Kahakai Boulevard, is scheduled through May for the construction of the Pahoa Roundabout. Temporary traffic signals are installed to direct traffic at the Kahakai Boulevard and Pahoa Village Road intersection. Motorists are advised to drive through the detour with caution.


Alternating single lane closures are also scheduled to take place along Highway 19 between Kulaimano Road and Kauniho Road in the area of Pepeekeo to Hakalau. Work in the area will consist of roadway improvements.

An alternating single lane closure will take place along Highway 19 in both directions between Jardine Road and Old Mamalahoa Highway, in the area of Kaawalii Gulch, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Roadway improvements will be conducted in the area.

In addition, alternating single lane closures are in place on Highway 19 in both directions between Jardine Road and Puualaea Homestead Road, in the vicinity of Laupahoehoe Gulch, for roadway improvements.


Road work will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. by DPW on the following roadways:

Waikoloa Road will be under alternating lane closures as crews work to construct nine-foot asphalt concrete shoulders on both sides of Waikoloa Road from Highway 190 to Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 29 and lasting through Thursday, March 24, portions of Manono Street and Leilani Street will be under a 24-hour closure.


The roadway closure will run along Manono Street between Kekuanaoa Street and East Lanikaula Street, as well on Leilani Street from Mililani Street to Hinano Street, as grading and pavement work is completed in the area.

Ongoing construction work between Lanikaula Street and Kawili Street for the Kapiolani Extension continues. Alternating lane closures will take place about 800 feet towards Kawili Street. Street parking is unavailable in the area and two-way traffic will be reduced to one lane. Work includes the installation of a new concrete curb, drainage improvements, gutter and sidewalks, roadway reconstruction, signing and striping, utility relocation, driveway, and property tie-ins.

Reconstruction work on Komohana Street, from Kukuau Street towards Waianuenue Avenue, will be conducted. The project involves the reconstruction of about 4,000 feet of roadway, traffic signal upgrades, pavement striping, and the replacement of utility valves and boxes. Alternating lane closures will be in effect in the area.

Along Mamalahoa Highway, beginning at Farm and Garden Repair and extending past L&L Drive-Inn, a traffic shift to the mauka lane will take place. The shift began on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 and will last through May. The traffic change is to accommodate the erection of a 475-foot retaining wall along the makai side of Mamalahoa Highway.

All lane closures are weather permitting and have the possibility of changing without notice.

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