Hauula residents have been asking for a portion of Kamehameha Highway to be repaired since 2017.
On Christmas Eve 2018, KHON2 met Hauula resident Derrick Pressley, who has been asking state officials to fix the road over Waimanana Stream for over a year.
The particular stretch of Kamehameha Highway is between Pokiwai and Hulahula Place.
“This needed an addressed situation or action right away,” Pressley said.
“It had become so dangerous with the large gaping hole through the infrastructure and there was no guard rail.”
On Friday, the Hawaii Department of Transportation began repairs “on a section of Kamehameha Highway that has been damaged due to coastal erosion,” the DOT said in a press release.
They said crews will stabilize the highway by resetting concrete blocks, filling the undermined pavement with a concrete mix, repaving the highway and replacing the guardrails. Crews will also utilize boulders to create a slope that matches the shoreline.
The erosion happened within the last seven years. Back in August 2011, there was a white sandy beach. Today, the ocean covers it by about two feet.
“With the situation we have today with the high waves and erosion taking place, it’s taking a toll,” said
John Primacio, who has lived in Koolauloa for 87 years.
“We use the road quite a bit and living out in the country, we depend on this one road,” he said.
The DOT says this project is just for highway repairs, not the bridge.
“We know this bridge is slated for a redo,” Pressley said. “There was a five-year plan and they [DOT] were evaluating it with 50 other projects, it’s just a matter of what bridges take priority.”
According to the DOT website, Waimanana Bridge ranks number six.
The DOT says the northbound lane between Pokiwai Place and Hulahula Place across the Waimanana Stream Bridge will be closed during the construction.
Traffic will be contraflowed in the southbound lane and directed by flaggers.
The work hours are weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The work is anticipated to complete in the middle of next week, weather permitting.
Motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to pass through the area during the work hours. HDOT thanks the traveling public for its patience as we make the necessary repairs.