State Crews Inspect Trees Along Likelike

Scott Ishikawa
Scott Ishikawa
Bob Loy
Bob Loy

KALIHI (KHNL) --The State Transportation Department took advantage of Monday's clear skies to inspect overgrown areas of the Likelike Highway, along the Kalihi-side of the traffic corridor.

And while the project had been in the works for some time, last week's severe weather definitely sped-up the process.

There are no fallen trees, no piling-up of branches along this stretch of the Likelike Highway.

State Transportation officials say, they'd like to keep it that way.

''You know we were very fortunate nobody got hurt during last week's windstorm," says state transportation spokesman, Scott Ishikawa, "We had a number of trees come down on Pali Highway."

Representatives from the state and the Outdoor Circle, as well as private arborists, are pressing-on with a project to tend to some 200 trees along this stretch of roadway.

Depending on their findings, a number of these trees may have to be removed.

''We're not only looking removing trees, but also something called directional pruning," says Ishikawa. "That is you can prune a tree is such a way that it leans away from the road, rather than towards it. We can save the tree, by the same time, we can take care of the safety issue."

When the real work kicks-in, the traffic flow should look something like this; nice and easy.

Crews will work during the day, between rush hours.

The Outdoor Circle recognizes the work needs to be done.  The group is just making sure it's done right.

''I think that's everyone's goal, to make sure that the work gets done properly and done in such a way that it doesn't take away from the scenic beauty of this highway, which is know for its trees and dense forest," said Bob Loy, director of the Outdoor Circle's environmental programs.

The massive landscaping project should get underway after the new year.  It's expected to take about a couple of months to complete.