Work to repair a heavily damaged road in Hanalei begins 9 months after flood

Work to repair a heavily damaged road in Hanalei begins 9 months after flood
This is what Weke Road in Hanalei looked like following the storm. It was impassable to motorists after the heavy rain washed away the route. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HANALEI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nine months after the road to Hanalei was severely damaged in historic floods that hit Kauai, work to repair the route is finally underway.

Kauai officials said work began this week to fix Weke Road in Hanalei. The project’s contractor, Earthworks Pacific, Inc., is starting on the project by hauling in heavy equipment to the area. Officials advised that may impact traffic in the area.

"To accommodate the public, parking will be allowed from the Weke Road-Pilikoa Street intersection to a restricted access sign, along the makai portion of Weke Road,” county officials said. “Access beyond the restricted access sign is limited to the residents along the affected section of Weke Road and authorized construction personnel.”

Hanalei Beach is accessible by foot and motorists are urged to drive with caution in the area.

Following the floods, county engineers took to the drawing board to consider designs that would strengthen the road and parking lot of the beach to ensure that erosion in the coastal area doesn’t happen again.

Crew are aiming to have the repairs finished by May of this year.

Repair work begins this week on Weke Road, the highly traveled road to Hanalei Pier.
Repair work begins this week on Weke Road, the highly traveled road to Hanalei Pier. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

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