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After traffic nightmare, state cancels Leeward Coast road work

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MAILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state won't be performing maintenance along Farrington Highway this weekend, after similar work spurred a traffic nightmare on Saturday.

In a news release Tuesday, the state Department of Transportation apologized for the gridlock.

On Saturday, drivers said trips that usually took minutes took hours. Worse, the state failed to publicize the road work in advance, something officials say was vital to determine if measures needed to be taken to keep traffic flowing.

The state said crews on Feb. 13 were conducting maintenance to keep the highway shoulder clear.

"Our crews, in trying to catch up with the maintenance schedules, worked on Saturday. Unfortunately, we did not update our notifications to the community," the DOT said, in a news release.

The news release didn't include any quotes by DOT Director Ford Fuchigami.

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