Stretch of Hana Highway reopens after landslide

Image Source: MAUIWatch
Image Source: MAUIWatch

HANA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update 4:30 a.m. Saturday]

Hana Highway has reopened.

[Update 3 a.m. Saturday] 

Hawaii Department of Transportation Maui Highways District crews, working in cooperation with Maui County Public Works and a private contractor cleared approximately 2,000 cubic yards of mud and debris from a landslide that occurred on Hana Highway near Mile Post 14.8 on the Kahului side of Keanae. The slide occurred just before 6 p.m. on Friday, May 2. As of midnight one lane was open and passable with traffic being contraflowed through the area.

Heavy equipment crews continued working throughout the early morning and as of 3 a.m. anticipate opening two lanes of traffic in the next hour or two depending on conditions. State engineers continue to monitor the hillslide to assess it for stability.

[Original story posted below]

A landslide near the Honumanu Bridge has prompted the Maui Police Department to close off a portion of Hana Highway in both directions on Friday.

Police have not released further details regarding any traffic incidents or injuries, but the landslide happened at approximately 6 p.m.

The Maui Fire Department said the landslide -- with debris at 20 feet high and 100 feet long -- is unstable and still sliding.

Officials don't have an estimated time as to when the roads will be reopen, but crews plan to start clearing the road at first light Saturday.

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