HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor Neil Abercrombie on Friday signed a disaster proclamation authorizing the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin emergency highway repair work on Kuhio Highway near Kilauea on Kauai in response to a partial collapse of a 15-foot-diameter culvert running beneath the highway.
Heavy rains over the past two weekends have caused erosion to the soil foundation on the ocean-side of Kuhio Highway near Mile Post 22.5, a thousand feet east of the Pili Road intersection.
"Emergency repairs are necessary for the safety of all those who use this popular corridor," said Governor Abercrombie. "State traffic personnel are working to ensure that the North Kaua'i communities remain accessible to residents and visitors."
According to the state DOT, an average of 12,000 vehicles passes through the area daily. Traffic has been temporarily rerouted around the work zone using Kolo and Pili Roads as a detour.
Motorists are advised to follow all posted all traffic signage and to use caution while driving through the area.
State highway personnel completed site inspections last week and the design of a repair project is expected to be completed later this week. Construction is anticipated to begin in mid-to-late March.