High surf causes traffic mess in west Oahu

High surf causes traffic mess in west Oahu

MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - High surf caused a mess on roads in west Oahu this weekend.

The wild surf pushed sand and debris up onto parts of Farrington highway near the Makaha 7-11.

City crews contraflowed several lanes of traffic Sunday morning to complete clean up efforts. DOT officials said the road was cleared by noon.

"We've seen it before," State Rep. Cedric Gates said. "I know its been a decades-old problem, but with sea level rise being so apparent and on everyone's minds, I think it's a good idea for us to figure out a plan to put in place for the years to come."

Gates said there will be discussions between the city and DLNR to work out a plan to mitigate the overflow.

A High Surf Warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday as life-threatening sized swells are expected for north and west-facing shores.

DOT officials also said crews responded to similar calls on Kamehameha Highway near Laniakea and Punaluu. Both sites were cleared by 2 p.m. and traffic restored to normal.

This story will be updated.

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