State announces highway closures in advance of Hurricane Lane

Lane 8/22 at 5 p.m.: Hurricane warning issued for Oahu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When the impacts of Hurricane Lane start to be felt in the islands, don't get on the roads.

That's the message to residents as the state prepares to go into emergency mode as the storm nears.

At a news conference Wednesday, the governor said Kailua-bound lanes of Pali Highway will be closed down as a precaution starting at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The state also plans to close Kuhio Highway on Kauai's north shore on Friday, if there's a major threat of winds or rains. The highway was severely damaged in April's historic floods.

Gov. David Ige said drivers should also stay off Hana Highway on Maui.

"Drivers should not venture out into severe weather once the storm arrives," Ige said. "Drivers should check the conditions of roads because they could be closed at any point for health and safety reasons."

Meanwhile, the state will also suspend all contraflow and Zipper lane operations Thursday and Friday.

And all routine maintenance work on state highways is cancelled until further notice. Instead, crews will focus on clearing streams and preparing for the storm.

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