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Detour Established to Ease Traffic During Kīlauea Paving Project

Posted October 22, 2021, 8:49 AM HST ·Updated October 22, 12:52 PM

A detour is being established on Kūhiʻō Highway in Kīlauea in an effort to address heavy traffic in the area caused by a paving project, Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation announced Thursday, Oct. 21.

Starting Monday, Oct. 25, Hanalei-bound motorists will be detoured to Koʻolau Road during work hours. Southbound traffic will not be detoured and remain on Kūhiʻō Highway.

The highway northbound between South and North Koʻolau Road will remain open to Kapuna Road residents and those living off the highway between South and North Koʻolau Road. Flaggers will be stationed at either end of the project limits and signage will be placed to guide northbound motorists along the detour route.

Hours for the detour are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday until the project is completed. The estimated completion date of the paving project is Nov. 5, weather permitting.

Work must take place during the day due to the shearwater nesting season. Motorists are advised to anticipate delays and drive with caution through the work zone.