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Rockfall Project in Kailua Almost Complete

Scott Ishikawa Scott Ishikawa

KAILUA (KHNL) - After nearly a full year of work, the rockfall mitigation project at the entrance to Kailua is just about complete.

But there's still more work to be done before the entire project is finished.

It earned the dubious distinction of making it onto the state's top 10 sites for potential rock slides.

But Thursday, state transportation officials announced the $5.8 million hillside work that began last September, is for the most part, complete.

"We've put in the protective netting and the drainage to prevent any further rock slides, so now here comes the harder part," says Scott Ishikawa, State Transportation Department.

Harder not for the workers, but for drivers, because now that the mountain has been re-shaped it's time to reconfigure the roadway.

And that means lane closures beginning next Tuesday.

Trees, which have been cared for an an undisclosed nursery on Oahu, will soon be coming back.

Once the road is re-done, and the center median restored, the original palms will return, along with many new plants and trees.

"The DOT been very wonderful, to continue this project the outdoor circle, to redo what had to be done and to continue it up the so we have our entrance what we value so much for our community," Sharon Geary, President Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle.

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