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Kailua Hillside Stabilization Begins

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This hillside on Kailua road became unstable during the record rainfalls that hit Oahu in March 2006 This hillside on Kailua road became unstable during the record rainfalls that hit Oahu in March 2006
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(KHNL) -- A project to stabilize a Kailua hillside that breaks apart during heavy rains is now underway.

For the next six months, state crews will work to lower the risk of rockslides along Kailua Road. Kailua residents have seen several landslides in the area this year.

The $5.8 million project includes tying down boulders with cables, building a ditch to catch falling rocks, and draping nets to stabilize the slope.

"Included in that is the restoration of the median," Rod Haraga, state Department of Transportation, said. "So the median all the way that we took out to add the additional highway will be replaced in kind, along with 25 of the original palm trees that we took out."

The state says after it completes the hillside work next May, it will spend another two months moving the road back to its original configuration.

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