The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has provided notice that there will be single-lane traffic on Kuhio Highway (560) between Princeville and Hanalei on the Hanalei Grade above the Hanalei River Bridge starting on January 3rd and continuing through January 28th. This restricted traffic flow will occur seven days per week between 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Sundays. Traffic will alternate in each direction every 30-minutes.
This traffic alteration is following the successful installation of the hillside stabilizing mesh during the month of December. HDOT is accelerating the work schedule for the slope stabilization project to a seven day per week schedule to allow the contractor to complete the project prior to the expiration of the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation on January 28th, 2020.
All the work is weather permitting. Should the scheduled work be canceled or modified, notice will go out via HDOT’s social media accounts and notification system. Those interested in receiving notice of scheduled lane closures and other public notices from HDOT can sign up here (https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/hidot/subscriber/new).
HDOT recommends motorists plan for lengthy delays and check traffic conditions before they get on the road. Camera views of Kuhio Highway at Hanalei Hill can be viewed here (http://goakamai.org/icx/pages/cameras.aspx) by selecting ‘Kauai – Kuhio Hwy’ from the dropdown menu.
HDOT extends a “mahalo for your kokua” to travelers as they make the Hanalei Grade more resilient to future weather events. This is yet another after-effect of the 100-year storm event that occurred on April 15, 2018.
Please let us know if you have any comments or questions. We did sign up for the highway alerts – very easy and checked out the cameras – pretty cool; they primarily show the approach to the Hanalei River Bridge from the Hanalei side.
Jim Karlovsky & Sean Ahearn