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Big surf damages stretch of highway in Kaaawa again

Current erosion damage in Kaaawa (Image Source: Hawaii News Now) Current erosion damage in Kaaawa (Image Source: Hawaii News Now)
Erosion damage from high surf on Kamehameha Hwy. earlier this month (Image Source: Hawaii Department of Transportation) Erosion damage from high surf on Kamehameha Hwy. earlier this month (Image Source: Hawaii Department of Transportation)
An on-site flagger directing traffic in Kaaawa (Image Source: Hawaii News Now) An on-site flagger directing traffic in Kaaawa (Image Source: Hawaii News Now)
KAAAWA,OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state Department of Transportation closed the northbound makai lane of Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa Saturday night, after high surf eroded the lane shoulder. Traffic is being contraflowed in the southbound mauka lane.

It's the second time this month traffic will have been impacted as crews repair the damage.

"It's just sad when they fix the road they don't complete the job and you know, causes these nightmares all the time," said Kaaawa resident Charles Quinones.

In early February, repair work took place for nearly a week just 100 feet north of the current erosion. In summer 2015, just a half mile down the road, crews spent 3 months and 3-million dollars on emergency repairs.

Residents acknowledge the progress but say the future of the highway doesn't look promising. 

"It's going to happen more because it's bad. The road is bad over here," said Kaaawa resident Shannon Carter.

"They're going to have to build a concrete wall all the way down this whole thing I mean, it's eventually all going to go," Quinones said.

DOT says it's still working on long-term solutions. In the meantime, motorists should drive with caution and expect delays in the area.

It's not known when repairs may be done or completed.

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