Kamehameha Highway lane to close due to emergency tree removal - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Kamehameha Highway lane to close due to emergency tree removal

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NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Makai lane of Kamehameha Highway along Ke Nui Road and Hoalua Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

During that time period, removal crews from the Division of Urban Forestry in the Department of Parks and Recreation will be removing seven date palm trees on Oahu's north shore.

The closure is expected to have a significant impact along that section of the corridor, where the DUF will be working with the Honolulu Police Department to help with contraflow traffic.

DUF crews will be removing the top and middle portions of the palm trees, leaving about four feet of trunk and roots in the ground. The trees are being removed because DUF arborists determined that the eroded palm trees were potentially hazardous to the public.

Officials from the Department of Parks and Recreation say that despite the trees' location on the Makai side of Kamehameha Highway, palm trees are capable of falling in any direction if they are structurally unsafe.

"Beach erosion at Sunset Beach Park became more severe during the beginning of this winter surf season, when researchers described the large 20-foot drop-off at the beach park as 'unprecedented,” according to a news release from the Department of Parks and Recreation.

In December, several measures were taken to stave off erosion damage and protect public facilities.

Changes included removing the Ocean Safety storage shed, relocating the lifeguard stand, relocating the bicycle path, and restricting parking and pedestrian traffic along the eroded areas.

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