State to tackle what nature took away

Kailua erosion project

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Drivers heading into Kailua may face a slow down next week.

The state will start erosion control work on the hillside along Kalanianaole Highway.

It’s a project that will disrupt traffic for two months.

KHON2 checked further and found out this is the first of many more projects.

The Department of Transportation has put it on their to-do list to fix erosion trouble areas across Oahu starting with Kailua.

Beginning next Tuesday and lasting through the end of July, a slope between Kapaa Quarry Road and the Castle Junction will get a new look.

Road crews will first be grading the slope then installing netting for erosion control.

A single lane of traffic will be closed daily from 8:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

“It is a hillside that has erosion and people in the area might notice sometimes when it rains heavily the soil will come down onto the roadway, so we’re trying to mitigate that,” DOT spokesperson Caroline Sluyter said.

There are 15 sites in all across Oahu that will be under construction for erosion control.

The next site is the base of H-3 freeway and Kamehameha Highway.

The projects are expected to wrap up by the fall or winter of 2014.

The total cost for all of the work is about $2.5 million.

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