HDOT: Damage assessment to roads across the state ongoing after floods

Parts of Hanalei were underwater this week due to the heavy rain. (Image: Theresa Leveret)
Parts of Hanalei were underwater this week due to the heavy rain. (Image: Theresa Leveret)
Updated: Aug. 28, 2018 at 9:52 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Department of Transportation is actively monitoring hazardous road conditions across the state in light of heavy rain and severe flooding from Tropical Storm Lane.

In a new release Tuesday, the department said flood response operations were ongoing and impacting routes.

Here's an island-by-island breakdown of where officials responded to, according to the DOT:


  • Kuhio Highway at Hanalei Bridge was impacted
  • Kuhio Highway between Waikoko and Wainiha 
  • HDOT Highways Division Kauai District plans to clean mud and debris from the roadways once flood waters recede and to continue repair work on Kuhio Highway at mile marker 1, which saw a rockfall and a fallen tree Monday night.
  • Travel on Kuhio Highway at mile marker 1 (the hill leading up to Hanalei Bridge) will be contraflowed as additional emergency repairs are made to the slope Wednesday morning.
  • HDOT will announce when access to Hanalei, Wainiha, and Haena is restored.


  • Flood-related closures previously reported along the Likelike Highway between Valley View Drive and Nalanieha Street in both directions have been cleared.
  • Small landslide on the H-201 near Puuloa Offramp cleared
  • Debris from beneath the Kahili Stream Bridge removed
  • Maintenance crews unable to complete repairs to the flashing beacon at the entrance to the Kalanianaole Highway Contraflow HOV Lane, which runs westbound from West Halemaumau Street to Ainakoa Avenue. 
  • The Contraflow will be opened Wednesday between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. under normal conditions.
  • Contraflow users are asked to use caution when entering the contraflow and to avoid entering before the 5 a.m. opening time for their safety and the safety of the crew setting up the lane.

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  • Crews on the ground are continuing damage assessments. This will be ongoing in formulating the plan for recovery.

This story may be updated.

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