Partial closure of Pali Highway continues amid efforts to stabilize the slope

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Crews are working to stabilize the embankment along the Pali Expressway and reopen all lanes in time for the morning commute.

Waokanaka Street was closed Monday afternoon due to a downed tree and debris on the Kailua Freeway.

Crews later found five more loose trees.

“As soon as these events were over, we sent our staff and our consultants to start checking the slopes to make sure that in the 10 areas where we expect or expect rockfall, we can see what’s going on.” said State Transport. Directed by Ed Sniffen.

“The Pali Highway has three priority slopes.”

Monday’s slide is the second in a week on the Pali Highway. State workers are also clearing loose rocks in Waimea Bay.

And who can forget the 3,000-pound rock that crashed through Palolo’s house last month?

Meteorologist Robert Bohlin, of the National Weather Service, said Hawaii’s slopes are inherently dangerous — even when they’re dry.

“When you add moisture to the soil and wind up the trees, it can create conditions that can cause rocks to fall onto roads,” Bohlin said.

Over the past two months, Oahu has recorded about 3 and 1/2 inches of rain and high winds for the longest stretch. The conditions raise concerns among residents in high-risk areas.

Michael Thomford lives in Moanalua Valley and his backyard is right up against the hill.

The fire department said the rock was about 5 feet tall and wide.

“It’s a little concerning because you knew this house before we bought it, it slid about 15,20 years ago, it slid about six inches,” Thomford said.

“I am a minister. I trust the Lord to keep these stones. But yes, there is concern. “

To report problem areas, the DOT said, call the Office of Public Affairs at 808-587-2160.

The Latest

To Top