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Emergency Slope Stabilization in Honokōhau Complete

April 5, 2019, 11:09 AM HST
* Updated April 5, 12:01 PM
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The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation today announced the completion of emergency slope stabilization work on the Honoapiʻilani Highway past Kapalua.

State workers began slope stabilization at 10 sites along Honoapiʻilani Highway on Feb. 26 following rockfalls on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23. These rockfalls were a result of material on the slopes being loosened by heavy rains.

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Slope stabilization consisted of removal of loose boulders and rocks. HDOT contractors conducted the work using intermittent traffic control on a Monday through Friday schedule, between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. HDOT asked the public, except for local traffic and emergency responders, to avoid the area between Fleming Beach and Camp Maluhia during work hours.

In the course of slope stabilization operations, several guardrails were damaged. These guardrails will be replaced in the island-wide guardrail repair scheduled in Summer 2019. Repairs to pavement impacted by boulders were made by the Contractor concurrently with the slope stabilization.

Rock scaling operations on Honoapiʻilani Highway in Honokōhau Valley. PC: Hawai’i Department of Transportation.

Rock scaling operations on Honoapiʻilani Highway in Honokōhau Valley. PC: Hawai’i Department of Transportation.

Rock scaling operations on Honoapiʻilani Highway in Honokōhau Valley. PC: Hawai’i Department of Transportation.

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