Traffic Alert for Sunset Beach Tomorrow February 15

14 02 2018
Sunset Beach Date Palm Trees

Date Palm Trees at Sunset Beach -Photo Courtesy of the City and County of Honolulu

The City and County of Honolulu will be conducting an emergency removal of seven Date palm trees fronting Sunset Beach Park on Oahu’s North Shore, which will require the closure of the makai lane of Kamehameha Highway for most of the day tomorrow, Thursday, February 15, 2018.

The lane closure is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between Ke Nui Road and Hoalua Street on Kamehameha Highway.

Tree removal crews with the Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Urban Forestry (DUF) will be working with the Honolulu Police Department to help contra flow traffic around the lane closure. This single-lane closure is expected to have a significant impact to traffic along this corridor.

The decision for the emergency removal of the trees was made by the Certified Arborists at DUF after they determined the continual undermining of the palm trees by erosion made them a hazard to the general public and motorists. Despite the palm trees being located on the makai-side of Kamehameha Highway, compromised palm trees can fall in any direction once there are structurally unsound.

DUF crews plan on removing the top and middle portions of the palms, leaving about four feet of the tree trunks and roots in the ground. This is so the roots of the tree can further help to reduce the impact of the beach erosion, while immediately reducing the potential danger to the public.

Beach erosion at Sunset Beach Park became more severe during the beginning of this winter surf season, when researchers described the large 20-foot drop-off at the beach park as “unprecedented.” In December 2017 several measures were taken to immediately mitigate the erosion damage and protect public facilities. That included removing the Ocean Safety storage shed, relocating the lifeguard stand, relocating the bicycle path, and restricting parking and pedestrian traffic along the eroded areas.

Since that time, some of the sand that was washed away by a series of large northeast swells has returned, but a significant drop-off still remains.

The city, state partners, and researchers are continuing to monitor the situation and take necessary action to keep the public safe. Most recently, staff with the Department of Facility Maintenance removed additional debris from the former bike path on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

The City and County of Honolulu appreciates the community’s understanding as these measures are being done to ensure public safety.





Kipapa Stream Bridge Closure Scheduled for May 5th

5 05 2017

Kamehameha Highway will be closed in both directions between Ka Uka Boulevard and Lanikuhana Avenue from Friday night, May 5, 2017 at 9 p.m. continuously through Monday morning, May 8, 2017 at 5 a.m. for bridge deck work.

Closures for the following weekends are tentatively scheduled:

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 – Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 – Monday, Sept. 11, 2017

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 – Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 – Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 – Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

During these weekend closures, motorists are advised to use the H-2 Freeway as an alternate route. The weekend closures allow the overall project to be completed faster and reduces impacts during traditional commute times.

If necessary, there will also be a single northbound lane closure with a contraflow on Monday, May 8, 2017 through Friday, May 12, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hawaii Department of Transportation advises motorists to prepare for the closures by checking traffic websites, mapping the best route, and adding extra travel time to their commutes.

Electronic message boards will be posted to warn motorists of the closures. Special Duty Police Officers will be on-site to assist with traffic control. Emergency vehicles, first responders, and TheBus have been notified of the roadwork and will be allowed through the closure. Roadwork is weather permitting.

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Weekly lane closure information will be available on the HDOT website at hidot.hawaii.gov and released through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.





Rehabilitation Work to Begin on the Kipapa Stream Bridge

20 04 2017

 

 

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Kipapa Stream (Roosevelt) Bridge                                                                           (Photo Courtesy of Hawaii State Department of Transportation)

 

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division, in partnership with the Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) of the Federal Highway Administration, announced the beginning of the Kipapa Stream Bridge (Roosevelt) project. This project will improve the structural capacity, seismic retrofit, travel surface, and railings of the existing Roosevelt Bridge. More information can be found at https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/hi/roosevelt/

Roosevelt Bridge is located between the highway’s intersection with Ka Uka Boulevard and its intersection with Lanikuhana Avenue. It is approximately 484-feet long, 34-feet wide, and was originally constructed in 1933.

The rehabilitation project will bring the bridge up to current design standards for roadway width, load capacity, bridge railing and transitions, and bridge approaches and will widen the bridge to provide a 7-foot shoulder lane on both sides.

The $14.9 million project is funded with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state highways funds. It is anticipated to be complete by early 2018, weather permitting.

Six full closures of Roosevelt Bridge are anticipated to take place on weekends between May and December of 2017. The first full closure is currently scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2017, through Monday, May 8, 2017. Electronic Message Signs will be setup prior to closure and a reminder will be sent out in the HDOT weekly lane closure reports to notify the public. After that weekend, traffic across the bridge will be contraflowed periodically with one lane closures.

Lane closure information associated with this work will also be available on the HDOT website at hidot.hawaii.gov and released through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.





Weight Restriction on the Paumalu Stream Bridge Returns to 25 Tons

31 05 2016

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced it has increased the vehicle weight restriction on the Paumalu Stream Bridge to vehicles weighing up to 25 tons. The Paumalu Stream Bridge on Kamehameha Highway is located between Paumalu Place and Ke Nui Road, near Sunset Beach.

Crews have installed concrete collars around support columns to expedite the allowance of a 25 ton weight restriction. Damage to the columns earlier this year prompted precautionary measures in an effort to prevent additional damage. Vehicles weighing more than 25 tons remain prohibited from crossing the bridge at any time. Compliance is required to maintain the structural integrity of the bridge.

Crews are now moving a waterline to allow for installation of Acrow truss structures to provide support to the bridge deck and columns. The installation is scheduled to begin next week. The repairs will allow HDOT time to plan and design a permanent project to replace the existing bridge.

The 24/7 lane closure will remain in place through the end of July, however crews are expediting the work and will re-open the lane sooner if possible. The lane closures will alternate between the inbound and outbound lane depending on the construction schedule. The remaining lane will be contraflowed to maintain access over the bridge. Flaggers will be located on both sides of the bridge to assist traffic flow. Emergency vehicles responding to a call will be given priority access.

Since the 24/7 contraflow lane began Wednesday, May 25, drivers have experienced a 20 – 30 minute delay when traveling through the area. HDOT crews are monitoring traffic conditions and flaggers will adjust to allow more vehicles through depending on the volume. In general, flow in the peak direction will be prioritized. HDOT thanks the community for its patience as we make these necessary repairs.

HDOT will continue to issue notifications of work on this bridge and will alert the public of lane closures through the HDOT roadwork website at: http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/

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Paumalu Stream Bridge Update

20 05 2016

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is announcing the repair work to the Paumalu Stream Bridge on Oahu’s North Shore will require a 24/7 lane closure, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 8 a.m. The Paumalu Stream Bridge on Kamehameha Highway is located between Paumalu Place and Ke Nui Road, near Sunset Beach.

In addition, a lane will be closed this Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No lane closures are scheduled Sunday, May 22. The lane closure will resume Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 24/7 lane closure that begins May 25 is expected to remain in place through the end of July. The lane closures will alternate between the inbound and outbound lane depending on the construction schedule. The remaining lane will be contraflowed to maintain access over the bridge. Flaggers will be located on both sides of the bridge to ensure safe passage for vehicles and pedestrians. Emergency vehicles responding to a call will be given priority access.

HDOT is working to finish the repairs as quickly as possible and is trying to prevent a full closure of the 87-year-old bridge. The repair work is being expedited to avoid further damage to the structure. Motorists traveling through the area should expect delays and are urged to allow extra time to reach their destination. HDOT thanks the community for its patience as we make these necessary repairs.

The restriction prohibiting vehicles weighing more than 15 tons from crossing the bridge remains in place until further notice.

HDOT will continue to issue notifications of work on this bridge and will alert the public of lane closures through the HDOT roadwork website at: http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/

 





Paumalu Stream Bridge Weight Limit Reduced as Safety Precaution

8 03 2016

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists of reduced weight restrictions on the Paumalu Stream Bridge on Kamehameha Highway, located between Paumalu Place and Ke Nui Road, near Sunset Beach. The bridge was originally constructed in 1929 and underwent emergency reinforcement of concrete supports in November 2014.

A recent inspection found spalling deterioration on some of the bridge’s concrete support pillars. As a precautionary measure, the bridge weight limit has been reduced from 25 to 15 tons.

The speed limit over the bridge remains 25 miles per hour. Access for two-way traffic and emergency vehicles will remain normal. Portable message boards have been set up to notify motorists approaching the bridge area. Motorists are urged to follow all weight and speed restrictions and to heed signage posted in the area.

Vehicles weighing over 15 tons are advised to avoid travelling over the Paumalu Stream Bridge. HDOT has coordinated an operational plan with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services and Oahu Transit Services to maintain bus service to the area with reduced weight restrictions.
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24/7 LANE CLOSURE FOR KAMEHAMEHA HIGHWAY SHORELINE EMERGENCY REPAIRS IN KAAAWA TO END FRIDAY

3 09 2015

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists that the 24/7 lane closure on Kamehameha Highway between Keo Place and Trout Farm Road, fronting the Crouching Lion Inn in Kaaawa will end this Friday, Sept. 4, at 4:00 p.m.

The 24/7 northbound lane closure was necessary for emergency roadwork to repair a section of the highway next to the shoreline.  This closure allowed crews to successfully stabilize the road behind the existing concrete rubble masonry (CRM) wall.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, a daytime northbound lane closure will be instated at the same location from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane.  This closure will occur daily, Monday through Friday, for the next three weeks, weather and tide permitting.  The remaining work consists of road paving, permanent striping installations, utility modifications, and sandbag removal.

Flaggers will be on-site during construction hours to assist traffic flow.  Police officers will also monitor traffic and provide priority for emergency vehicles passing through the closure area.

“The Hawaii Department of Transporation recognizes the impact a 24/7 lane closure has on the community. We truly appreciate the patience of residents, businesses and motorists in the area,” said Ford Fuchigami, HDOT Director. “Losing the highway to erosion would have had a far greater impact. The emergency improvements made to this section of the highway will last for many years to come.”

Weekly lane closure information will be posted at the HDOT website at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/oahu.