Pali Highway tree trimming

Tammy Mori
Tammy Mori
Bob Loy
Bob Loy

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - 165, that is the number of hazardous trees that will be removed from the Pali Highway starting early next week. The project may affect your commute.

Beginning Monday , the Department of Transportation will close a lane of the Pali Highway for tree trimming before the rainy winter season.

"We wanted to make sure that all of these trees along the Pali were carefully inspected and wouldn't pose a risk to the public," said Tammy Mori, spokesperson for the DOT.

DOT hired an independent Arborist to select the trees at risk and 165 were chosen.

"It's not that many trees, if you start thinking about the stretch of road between here and the tunnel it's several miles long, both sides of the road, "said Bob Loy of Outdoor Circle.

The spot removal will happen between the hours of 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

"Because of things like termite damage, some of them are rotted in the middle, there are some that are leaning too close to the road," Mori said.

"If they pose a health and safety threat to the people then they need to be removed. But if they don't then they just need to pruned back and we need to manage and maintain them," Loy said.

The process will last until December. The work area stretches from the Wyllie Bridge to the Pali tunnel.

"We ask for their patience and we hope that they slow down and use caution in the area," Mori said.

The DOT says that native trees that need to be removed will be replanted.

The Kailua side of Pali Highway will be surveyed after all the trees are pruned and removed from the town side of the tunnel.