Update on the Kūhiō Highway Emergency Repairs
Weekly newsletter updating the community on the progress of the
Kūhiō Highway Emergency Repairs.
KUHIO HIGHWAY EMERGENCY REPAIRS STATUS UPDATE
Hāʻena State Park, the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, and the Kalalau Trail will reopen on Monday, June 17, 2019. Please read below for information on each of these sites. Questions regarding access to Hāʻena State Park, the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, or the Kalalau Trail should be directed to the Department of Land and Natural Resources at (808) 587-0300 or (808) 587-0400.
Hāʻena State Park: Hāʻena State Park is now subject to daily visitor limits and visitation requires advanced reservations. Park users are required to make online reservations prior to arrival for walk-in & bike-in entry, private vehicle parking, or shuttle transportation. State of Hawaiʻi residents are not subject to the new park fees or reservation system. See below for information regarding the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park and the Kalalau Trail. For more information regarding the recent park improvements and access please see the Hāʻena State Park webpage and the Hāʻena State Park Master Plan.
Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park & Kalalau Trail: Overnight campers with valid permits for the Kalalau Trail are not subject to the visitor limits and the reservation system for Hāʻena State Park. However, overnight campers planning for an excursion in the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park are required to show staff their valid camping/hiking permits to staff upon entrance to Hāʻena State Park. PLEASE NOTE: Overnight parking is no longer allowed at Hāʻena State Park. Overnight campers along the Kalalau Trail must either (1) arrive by shuttle or (2) arrange for private drop-off.
Kalalau Trail Permits: For those who have existing permits for the Kalalau Trail, the Division of State Parks offers you the option of either: (1.) Retaining your current reservation, or (2.) revising your dates of stay. If your permits were valid during the closure period, you may revise your dates of stay for a future date, or apply for a refund.
Kaua‘i North Shore Shuttle: The Kaua'i North Shore Shuttle service will launch the website (www.kauaiNSshuttle.com) and begin booking reservations on June 15, with the first shuttles running June 21, 2019 and run between Princeville and the Hā’ena State Park stopping at various points along the way. We will service visitors and residents alike with stops at merchant centers and County lifeguarded beaches.
CLICK HERE FOR HA‘ENA STATE PARKS RESERVATIONS, INCLUDING DAY HIKES ALONG THE KALALAU TRAIL
Kuhio Highway will fully reopen to the public without restrictions on Monday, June 17 for the first time since the historic floods in April 2018. For 14 months, access has been limited to residents and emergency workers. Residents are asking visitors and the public to be respectful of the area's extraordinary cultural and natural resources. The community has developed an "Aloha Pledge" with helpful guidelines for visitors. Click here to read the "Aloha Pledge."
Non-residents planning to access the area after restrictions are lifted are reminded of the following:
- A “no parking” zone has been established between Hā‘ena Place and Kē‘ē Beach. Parking along Kūhiō Highway in this zone is a violation of Chapter 291C-111 of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes and could result in fines of $200 plus an additional $200 surcharge.
BRIDGE WORK AND UPCOMING BRIDGE CLOSURES
The full weekend closure for Waikoko Bridge is scheduled for June 14-17. The previous news release announcing this closure is available at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2019/05/30/full-weekend-closure-of-waikoko-bridge-scheduled-for-june-14-17/
To allow residents to prepare for the closure, evening road access on Friday, June 14 will begin at 3 p.m. instead of the usual 5 p.m. The bridge will close promptly at 9 p.m. There will be no vehicular access over Waikoko Bridge after 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2019.
Park and Ride lots and a pedestrian bridge will be open during the entire closure. Park and Ride lots will be open at both the east and west sides of Waikoko Bridge. The Park and Ride lots and pedestrian bridge are for local residents and authorized TVR guests only. No motorized devices will be allowed on the pedestrian bridge with the exception of motorized wheelchairs and other such devices necessary for disability access.
The second full weekend closure of Kuhio Highway at Waipa Bridge is now scheduled for July 12-15. This closure was scheduled to avoid the weekends of the Hā‘ena to Hanalei Run and the July 4th Holiday weekend. Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents and other authorized placard-holders should retain their placards for access during the full weekend closure in July.
Shuttles will be available during the full road closure. See schedule below. You may download a printable version of this schedule here.
Kuhio Highway will be accessible to all authorized vehicles between the Waikoko Bridge and Wainiha during the entire bridge closure weekend. Residents will be able drive freely between the Waikoko Park and Ride and Wainiha anytime over the weekend (including overnight). Access to Lumaha‘i will be open all weekend as well. The Wainiha gate will remain open from 3 p.m. Friday, June 14.
LANE OF KUHIO HIGHWAY NEAR HANALEI BRIDGE
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) reminds the public that the Lihue bound lane of the highway remains closed as crews work to stabilize the upper and lower slopes at mile marker 1 on Kuhio Highway (Route 560). The slope stabilization is anticipated to be completed in Fall.
The plan for the slope stabilization includes scaling, soil nail installation, and Tecco mesh and shotcrete reinforcement. The Lihue bound lane of Kuhio Highway will remain closed for the duration of the slope stabilization, which is expected to take between four to five months to complete.
Crews worked to remove loose vegetation that fell onto the highway earlier this week. That work has been completed, but additional work may be required should additional vegetation fall into the roadway or become an imminent threat to the public.
Soil nail work at the lower slope of Hanalei Hill began this week. While one lane will remain closed during this work, traffic should be flowing regularly through the work area. Motorists are reminded to obey all traffic control measures and the direction of flag men to allow for traffic to flow safely through the work zone.
Rock scaling operations will not take place during the lower slope work. Regular work hours for the Kuhio Highway slope stabilization on the hill before Hanalei Bridge will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Please be advised that the highway in this location will be limited to one lane 24-hours a day until the stabilization is completed for the safety of passing motorists.
Scaling of the uphill portion of Hanalei Hill is estimated to begin in July 2019. The schedule will be announced when finalized.
We are aware of scheduled events in the area including the HCRA State Championship Race in August and will coordinate access and traffic control with the county and other stakeholders.
First responders have been notified and will be able to pass through the work zone in the event of an emergency at all hours.
You can reach our project team via email by clicking here or by calling our 24 hour hotline at (808) 230-0796 or toll-free at 1 (800) 722-9012.
All questions related to the State Parks, the new reservation system, the reopening of the Parks, or other inquires related to the Parks should be directed to the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources at (808) 587-0396 or (808) 587-0300. Email inquires can be directed to email@example.com.
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Kaua‘i County Website on the April 2018 Flooding
The Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency has established a website with information on how to get a resident placard, work pass, or shuttle pass for access to Wainiha and Hā‘ena.
Go to Kaua‘i County Website
Access on Route 560 (Kūhiō Highway) beyond Anae Road is restricted to:
- Residents (no visitors); provided that visitors who have verified reservations with a vacation rental holding a valid non-conforming use certificate may access the area
- Emergency Response (9-1-1)
- Official County/State/Federal Government Officials and Contractors
- Approved Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)
Resident decals or work passes are required for access and must be displayed at all times. You may not access the convoy without a decal or work pass. Please visit the county website for information on obtaining a decal or pass.
A request for a 6:00 a.m. addition to the Sunday / Holiday convoy schedule was received by the Department to allow residents with early morning shifts to get to work on time. That request was approved by the Department. A link of the revised convoy schedule, which began November 22, is available here.
Note: this does not include the schedule for the shuttle operated by the Hanalei Colony Resort.
A request for a mid-morning 10:30 a.m. convoy was received by the Department. Unfortunately, with the accelerated project schedule, we are unable to accommodate this request at this time. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.
By community request, we have added the link to the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks page for the Hā‘ena State Park. You can visit this site for updates on repairs and upgrades to the park.
All questions related to the State Parks, the new reservation system, the reopening of the Parks, or other inquires related to the Parks should be directed to the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources at (808) 587-0396 or (808) 587-0300. Email inquires can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Mahalo!
THE HANALEI INITIATIVE - THE KAUA‘I NORTH SHORE SHUTTLE
The Kaua'i North Shore Shuttle service will launch in the middle of June 2019 and run between Princeville and the Hā’ena State Park stopping at various points along the way. The shuttle will service visitors and residents alike with stops at merchant centers and County lifeguarded beaches.
For more information on the Kaua‘i North Shore Shuttle, please visit their website here.
Kūhiō Highway Emergency Repairs -
Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the road going to reopen?
HDOT substantially completed the slope stabilization and roadway repairs for Kūhiō Highway between Waikoko and Wainiha on April 30, 2019. Based on identified safety concerns over opening the roadway near Waikoko Bridge, Kuhio Highway will not be reopened until the work at the bridge progresses sufficiently to ensure the safety of the traveling public and our workers.
- Why are the road repairs taking so long?
The April 2018 flood caused significant damage to approximately 32 areas on Kūhiō Highway and set the nationwide 24-hour rainfall total . HDOT committed to repairing the areas where the highway was washed away as well as doing slope stabilization to improve the dependability of the route in the future.
- Why can’t residents have free access to the road when construction stops for the night?
The bridges remain active work zones. For the safety of residents and workers, HDOT is maintaining the convoys and checkpoints until options to increase access are identified.
- How can residents obtain passes?
Resident placards, work passes, and shuttle passes are verified and distributed by the County of Kaua‘i Planning Department. More information on the needed identification for passes can be found at https://www.kauai.gov/Government/Departments-Agencies/Emergency-Management-Agency-formerly-Civil-Defense/April-2018-Flooding
- Are non-residents allowed to walk or bike past the checkpoint?
No. Only authorized individuals and vehicles are permitted to enter past the road closure for safety reasons.
- Are tourists able to access North Kaua‘i landmarks such as the Hā‘ena State Park, the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kē‘ē Beach, and Tunnels (Mākua)?
Hā‘ena State Park and the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park were damaged in the April flood and remain closed. Please refer to the Department of Land and Natural Resources http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/kauai/napali-coast-state-wilderness-park/ for more information. Access to Kē‘ē Beach and Tunnels (Mākua) is not permitted for unauthorized individuals as they are past the road closure.
- Will there still be road work ongoing when the road reopens?
8. Who can I contact to report construction-related issues?
All of the road work needed to ensure safe travel on Kuhio Highway between Waikoko and Wainiha such as paving, installation of guardrails, and repairs of the Manoa and Limahuli crossings has been completed. Bridge work, which is outside of the convoy area, will continue with advance notice of construction-related closures provided by HDOT.
Please call our 24-hour project hotline at (808) 230-0796 or toll-free at 1 (800) 722-9012. Project related emails may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
 The April 2018 flood, which brought nearly 50 inches of rain in a 24-hour period to Kaua‘i (based on Waipā rain gage data from April 14-15 of 49.69 inches), potentially sets the national rainfall record previously set by a 43-inch rainfall total in Alvin, Texas. See http://www.nws.noaa.gov/oh/hdsc/record_precip/record_precip_us.html
The Department of Transportation's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page can be found here.
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Read Previous Project-Related State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation News Releases
HDOT assesses flood damaged areas on Kauai; outlines steps needed to reopen Kuhio Highway (April 17, 2018)
Status of recovery for Kuhio Highway from Waikoko to Wainiha following April 14 flooding (April 20, 2018)
Update on restoration of Kuhio Highway from Waikoko to Wainiha following April 14 flooding (April 26, 2018)
Kuhio Highway from Waikoko to Wainiha to open to local traffic only beginning Friday, May 4 (May 3, 2018)
May 5 update on local access to Kuhio Highway from Waikoko to Wainiha (May 5, 2018)
Memorial Day schedule for local access to Kuhio Highway between Waikoko and Wainiha (May 27, 2018)
Schedule for local access to Kuhio Highway between Waikoko and Wainiha updated (May 29, 2018)
Update to schedule for local late-night convoy for Kuhio Highway between Waikoko and Wainiha (May 30, 2018)
Weight restriction on Kuhio Highway on Kauai’s north shore increased to 8 tons (June 1, 2018)
Timeline on Kuhio Highway emergency flood repairs (June 8, 2018)
June 19, 2018 Kuhio Highway emergency flood repair update (June 19, 2018)
Updated schedule for limited local access to Wainiha, Haena via Kuhio Highway (June 21, 2018)
Single lane closure on Kuhio Highway in Princeville and Hanalei for road maintenance (July 19, 2018)
Single lane closure will continue next week on Kuhio Highway in Princeville and Hanalei for roadside maintenance (July 26, 2018)
Updated schedule for limited local access to Wainiha, Haena via Kuhio Highway begins August 6 (August 1, 2018)
Changes to the updated schedule for limited local access to Wainiha, Haena via Kuhio Highway beginning August 6 (August 3, 2018)
Updated schedule for limited local access to Wainiha, Haena via Kuhio Highway effective October 15 (August 13, 2018)
HDOT is preparing for Hurricane Lane (August 21, 2018)
Schedule for limited access to the north shore of Kauai for Hurricane Lane (August 21, 2018)
HDOT Highways update on Hurricane Lane, August 22, 2018 (August 22, 2018)
HDOT update on Hurricane Lane, August 23, 2018 (August 23, 2018)
HDOT 5 PM update on Tropical Storm Lane (August 24, 2018)
HDOT update on Tropical Storm Lane, August 25, 2018 (August 25, 2018)
Effects of remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lane on State Routes (August 28, 2018)
Kuhio Highway Emergency Repairs to be reevaluated following flooding from remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lane (August 29, 2018)
Updated schedule for limited local access to Wainiha, Haena via Kuhio Highway effective October 15, 2018 (October 3, 2018)
Cultural gathering held to celebrate Waioli, Waipa & Waikoko Bridges (November 7, 2018)
Holiday/Sunday convoy schedule for local access to Wainiha and Haena updated Nov. 21 (November 21, 2018)
Nighttime closure of Kuhio Highway (Route 560) at Waioli Bridge scheduled for December 11, 2018 (December 4, 2018)
Single lane restriction on Kuhio Highway (Route 560) at Hanalei Hill for emergency survey work, December 10-14, 2018 (December 7, 2018)
Special New Year’s schedule for residential access to Wainiha and Haena (December 26, 2018)
Kuhio Highway emergency repair update (January 9, 2019)
Kuhio Highway (Route 560) between Waikoko and Wainiha checkpoints closed to all traffic from 8:45 AM to 1:30 PM, Thursday, Jan. 17 (January 15, 2019)
Closures of Kuhio Highway (Route 560) at Waipa Bridge and Hanalei Hill scheduled to begin in February 2019 (February 14, 2019)
Kuhio Highway (Route 560) emergency work for March 2019 (March 14, 2019)
Night work scheduled on Kuhio Highway (Route 560) at Waipa Bridge beginning April 10, 2019 (March 29, 2019)
Community meeting on Kuhio Highway Emergency Repairs scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Haena (April 4, 2019)
Schedule for night work for Waipa Bridge repairs through April 30 (April 18, 2019)
Update on Kuhio Highway emergency repairs for the weekend of April 26 (April 25, 2019)
Kuhio Highway emergency repairs status update (April 30, 2019)
Emergency slope stabilization on Kuhio Highway near Hanalei Bridge continues May 6 (May 5, 2019)
Updates on Kuhio Highway in Hanalei, local access past Waipa Bridge (May 7, 2019)
Lane of Kuhio Highway near Hanalei Bridge to remain closed for slope stabilization project (May 9, 2019)
Kuhio Highway past Waipa Bridge status as of May 10, 2019 (May 10, 2019)
Full weekend closure of Waikoko Bridge planned for May 31 through June 3 is canceled (May 28, 2019)
Full weekend closure of Waikoko Bridge scheduled for June 14-17 (May 30, 2019)
Kuhio Highway past Waipa will reopen on June 17 after the full closure of Waikoko Bridge (June 7, 2019)
Reminder: Kuhio Highway past Waipa will reopen on June 17 after the full closure of Waikoko Bridge (June 14, 2019)