Erosion Damage Forces 24/7 Contraflow on Honoapiilani

May 21, 2012, 4:47 PM HST · Updated May 21, 4:49 PM
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Erosion damage caused by ocean waves has undermined the eastbound (Kihei-bound) shoulder lane on Honoapiilani Highway, forming a crack in the asphalt pavement. State DOT officials say the eastbound lane will be closed around the clock until repairs can be made. In the interim, traffic will be contraflowed through the westbound lane. Photo courtesy Hawai'i DOT.

By Wendy Osher

Traffic on the Honoapiilani Highway will be contraflowed around-the-clock in Launiupoko until state transportation crews complete repairs to an erosion-damaged portion of the highway.

The state Department of Transportation issued the advisory this afternoon, saying the eastbound (Kihei-bound) lane on Honoapiilani Highway will be closed between Front Street and Kai Hele Ku Street, fronting the Launipoko State Park.

DOT officials say the continuous contraflow will remain in effect until repairs can be made to ocean erosion damage that has undermined the shoulder lane foundation.

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Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining westbound lane and speed limits will be reduced approaching the work zone.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and to follow all posted traffic control devices through the area.

Repair timetables and cost estimates will be determined following a full damage assessment, currently being prepared.

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