WAIMEA — Menehune Road, which has been closed since a Jan. 4 landslide, is expected to remain fully closed for the next three weeks, county officials said Monday.
Slope stabilization above the narrow roadway needs to be completed before the area will be safe for passage. The work by county contractors began on Sunday, and includes forcing loose rocks off the slope. Steel plates and a protective layer of rock will remain on the roadway to protect water lines.
Today, contractors will temporarily suspend rock-scaling work to secure the pedestrian swinging bridge over the Waimea River from further damage. The bridge was damaged during the initial landslide. This work, officials said, will take about four days.
“Repair work to the bridge cannot begin until the slope is stabilized,” the county said Monday. “Given the historic nature of the bridge, officials expect this to be a long-term repair project.”
The pedestrian bridge is an access point for Waimea Valley residents. For those residents needing assistance, contact the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at 808-241-1800.
More slope-stabilization will continue when the bridge is secure, which is expected to be this Friday.
Contractors will work seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the slope is stabilized. The public is asked to not cross or approach the site during this time.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has opened a limited resident and responder access route from Waimea Canyon Drive through Panini Road. This access is limited to emergency responders. Emergency supplies and resources through here must be coordinated through KEMA.
KEMA continues to do door-to-door wellness checks for residents. The county’s Agency on Elderly Affairs is also conducting wellness checks and will do outreach with kupuna care packages today.
County Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division officials plan to conduct a trash pick up today, and all residents have been notified. Residents were asked to leave their bagged trash in their refuse carts Monday for early-morning pickup today.
Refuse collection will be limited to bagged household waste only. Bulky items, green waste and loose trash will not be collected at this time.
Those without refuse carts are asked to contain their bagged household waste in a covered trash receptacle at the side of the road immediately adjacent to their driveways. The covered trash receptacle is intended to prevent animals from scattering items placed out for collection. Trash receptacles must not exceed 50 pounds, and more than one receptacle will be accepted.
Officials continue to work with U.S. Postal Service officials to establish mail service. Updates will be provided once confirmed.
Families with school-aged children who have limited internet access were provided MiFi devices by the state Department of Education to assist children with distance-learning options during the road closure. Anyone in the affected area with school-aged children who needs assistance with distance-learning options may contact KEMA at 808-241-1800.
If anyone in the affected area requires assistance during work hours, call KEMA at 808-241-1800. After working hours, call the Kaua‘i Police Department dispatch operators at 808-241-1711. For emergencies requiring immediate assistance, call 911.
Source: The Garden Island