WAIMEA — Menehune Road in Waimea is expected to remain fully closed until the end of January as the result of a rockslide that happened earlier this month.
Reopening of the roadway will be based on when the slope above the roadway is stabilized and deemed safe for daily passing. Contractors are working seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Some of the work includes county contractor HiTech scaling the rock to remove boulders and rocks off the slope above Menehune Road. On Saturday, HiTech planned to secure the rockfall barrier fence to the slope.
The public is urged to heed all warnings. Anyone needing access to the area should use the alternate route on Panini Road, which is limited to 4×4 vehicles, or contact the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at 808-241-1800.
• Continued road-repaving work is scheduled from Monday through Friday, Jan. 24 to 28, along portions of ‘Oma‘o Road near the Kaumuali‘i Highway intersection, according to the county Department of Public Works and contractor Maui Kupuno Builders. Lane closures and one-way traffic will occur along ‘Oma‘o Road from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ‘Oma‘o Road will be closed at Koloa Road to all northbound traffic. Only southbound traffic from Kaumuali‘i Highway will be allowed through the work zone. For more information or questions, contact Maui Kupono Builders at 808-369-1800 or Todd Ozaki at the DPW, 808-241-4845.
• Sections of ‘Akuli Street and Hanama‘ulu Road will be under short lane closures from Monday through Friday, Jan. 24. to Jan. 28, according to the DPW and Goodfellow Bros. LLC. The work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday is from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The lane closures are necessary for construction work for improvements to pedestrian access to King Kaumuali‘i Elementary School, including new sidewalks, crosswalks and ADA ramps. This project is scheduled to be completed by June 2022. Dates and times are subject to change depending on weather and other factors. Anyone with questions or concerns may contact Tristan Gonzales at 808-462-8057 or Ryan Moura at 808-298-2431.
• A right-shoulder closure and narrowed lanes of Kuhio Highway in the southbound direction between mile markers 5.7 and 6.7, in the vicinity of Leho Drive and Kapa‘a bypass road, takes place today through Friday morning, Jan. 28, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., for road and shoulder work.
• A portion of Mailihuna, Kawaihau and Hau‘a‘ala roads will be closed from Monday through Friday, Jan. 24 to 28, according to the DPW and Grace Pacific LLC. The periodic, one-lane closures on Kawaihau and Mailihuna roads and the full closure of Hau‘a‘ala Road are necessary for sidewalk construction, roadway excavation and waterline-probing work. Hau‘a‘ala Road will be closed in the vicinity of Kolohala Road and Kawaihau Road.
A temporary traffic detour route will be available through Kolohala Road. Anyone with questions or concerns may contact Marie Poynter of Grace Pacific, LLC. at 808-699-4654.
• A right-lane closure on Kuhio Highway in both directions between mile markers 25.7 and 28.2, Anini Vista Drive and Emmalani Drive, takes place Monday through Friday, Jan. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for grass-cutting.
• A right-lane closure on Kuhio Highway in both directions between mile markers 20 and 23, Ko‘olau Road and Malulani Street, happens Monday through Friday, Jan. 24 to 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for grass-cutting.
• A right-shoulder closure of Kuhio Highway in the southbound direction between mile markers 11.8 and 13, Makanani Street and Kukuihale Road, takes place today through Friday, Jan. 28, 24-hours-a-day, for shoulder work.
Source: The Garden Island