Crews continue making repairs to Kailua sinkhole

Crews continue making repairs to Kailua sinkhole
Crews continue to make repairs Tuesday to sinkhole
Crews continue to make repairs Tuesday to sinkhole

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update 7/15/14 at 4:30 a.m.]

City crews are continuing to make repairs to a sinkhole reportedly caused by a broken sewer line. Only one lane on Kailua Road near Hamakua Drive is currently open in the Kailua direction.

Officials said it would take at least a week to finish making repairs.

[Update 7/13/14 at 7:30 p.m.]

Kailua drivers also dealt with traffic delays on Saturday due to a 20-foot-deep sinkhole on Kailua Road at Hamakua Drive 

The problem started as a small pothole on Thursday but when investigators opened it up for inspection, they discovered that a waste water pipe had broken. The pipe was not spilling waste.

Crews have closed off inbound lanes to Kailua. Officials said repairs are expected to be finished on Sunday.

[Update 7/11/14 at 6:45 a.m.]

Kailua Road has been reopened, according to HPD. Crews have filled the sinkhole and have placed a metal plate over it.

[Original story 7/11/14 at 4:30 a.m.]

Honolulu police have shut down Kailua Road in both directions between Hamakua Drive and Oneawa Street due to a sinkhole.

The sinkhole, initially measured at approximately 2 feet in diameter, had been discovered early Friday morning near a crosswalk in the area. At about 4:30 a.m., it grew to about 10 feet in diameter.

Police said a gas line appears to be beneath the sinkhole. The Board of Water Supply said water service has not been affected. 

No injuries or damages have been reported, but Hawaii Gas and BWS crews will continue to investigate and make repairs.

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