Sink Hole Forces Closure of Highway at Mile 39 in East Maui

April 29, 2017, 5:49 PM HST · Updated April 29, 7:50 PM
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    Maui police have closed the Piʻilani/Hāna Highway at Mile 39 due to a “large sink hole,” which has made the road impassable.

    Police say the closure is on the Kaupō side of the Alalele Bridge.

    A similar incident was reported about two weeks ago, on April 12, 2017, in the same area.  Police have confirmed that this is the same sink hole and that it has re-opened.

    There is no estimated time for when the road will be reopened.  

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    County of Maui Communications Director Rod Antone said Crews from the Public Works Department have closed the road to non-emergency vehicles until repairs can be made.

    Antone said crews expect the road to be closed overnight and open again tomorrow after workers can cover the sinkhole with metal plating.

    Motorists should take an alternate route until repairs are complete.

    Sink hole reopens at Kalepa at Mile 39 of the Hāna/Piʻilani Hwy in East Maui. PC: 4.29.17 courtesy Jonathan Starr.

    Sink hole reopens at Kalepa at Mile 39 of the Hāna/Piʻilani Hwy in East Maui. PC: 4.29.17 courtesy Jonathan Starr.

    Same sink hole (4.12.17) at Piilani/Hana Highway near Kalepa Point in East Maui, Mile 39. PC: File image from 4.12.17, County of Maui.

    Same sink hole 4.12.17 at Hana/Piilani Highway near Kalepa Point in East Maui, Mile 39. PC: 4.12.17 County of Maui.

    Same sink hole 4.12.17 on Hana/Piilani Highway near Kalepa Point in East Maui, Mile 39. PC: 4.12.17County of Maui.

    Same sink hole 4.12.17 Hana/Piilani Highway near Kalepa Point in East Maui, Mile 39. PC: 4.12.17 County of Maui.

    Same sink hole at Kalepa at Mile 39 of the Hāna/Piʻilani Hwy in East Maui. This photo was taken at the same spot in August of 2014. PC: (August 2014) courtesy Jonathan Starr.

    Wendy Osher
    Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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