NIGHTLY CLOSURES OF KUHIO HIGHWAY AT WAIPA BRIDGE SCHEDULED IN JULY
Photo Credit: Hawai'i Department of Transportation
LIHUE – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) informs the public of scheduled nightly closures of Kuhio Highway (Route 560) at Waipa Bridge between 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning for July 1-3 and July 8-11. These nightly closures will lead up to the full weekend closure of Kuhio Highway between Waipa Bridge and the end of the road July 12 - 15, 2019.
A calendar with the July night work schedule can be seen at: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/July-2019-Night-Work-Calendar.pdf
There will also be a closure of the westbound lane of Kuhio Highway between Anae Road and Kee Beach between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29 for the 39th Annual Haena to Hanalei Run. More information on this event can be found at http://www.hanaleicanoeclub.org/
All work is weather permitting. First responders have been notified and have planned staging and procedures in the event of an emergency requiring them to access the work zones. Variable Message Signs have been placed along Kuhio Highway to further inform motorists of the scheduled closures.
During the closures at Waipa Bridge, there will be no vehicular access to the highway. Pedestrian access, Park and Ride facilities, and a shuttle will be provided for residents and authorized Transient Vacation Rental guests.
Shuttle details are as follows:
Shuttles will be provided by Hawaiian Dredging for residents and authorized TVR guests from 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following morning during night work.
For residents or authorized TVR guests needing to pick up their vehicles from the Park and Ride locations in the morning, Hawaiian Dredging shuttles will leave from the Wainiha General Store at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., and 8 a.m. These shuttles will also stop at the Hanalei Colony Resort to pick up additional riders. The shuttle will then proceed to the Park and Ride where residents or TVR guests can pick up their vehicles.
Additionally, motorists are advised of the following:
The Waipa Park and Ride created to provide access to residents and authorized TVR guests during the Waikoko Bridge night work and full closure is only open for residents and authorized TVR guests. All vehicles remaining at this site when the road reopens for the day should be removed.
All motorists are asked to observe posted speed limits, and to slow down and obey traffic flaggers at Waikoko and Waipa Bridges for their safety and the safety of the workers.
HDOT will be installing speed humps leading up to the Waioli, Waipa and Waikoko Bridges on the North Shore as a traffic calming pilot measure. This will be the first time speed humps will be installed on a state highway on Kauai. Should this pilot be successful, HDOT will consider installing the humps (which have a lower profile than speed bumps) in appropriate locations across the island.
A “no parking” zone has been established along Kuhio Highway with the exception of a few isolated locations between Haena Place and Kee Beach. Parking along Kuhio Highway in this zone is a violation of Chapter 291C-111 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and could result in fines of $200.
Access to the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Haena State Park is by reservation. More information is available at https://www.gohaena.com/
Information on the community-run Kauai North Shore Shuttle is available at https://www.hanaleiinitiative.org/
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