Guardrail on Kalanianaole Highway rusting and falling apart

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Many cars use Kalanianaole Highway every day to travel between Hawaii Kai and Waimanalo.

Part of the guardrail is rusting and even falling apart, prompting some to question its safety.

The guardrail is right next to the ocean and anyone who lives near the ocean knows what a toll the salt water can take, but that’s still no excuse.

It wasn’t the jagged cliffs, or the crashing waves, or the birds, or even the rainbow that really caught environmentalist Carroll Cox’s attention.

After all, he was out there taking nature pictures.

It was actually the guardrail that made him go, “wow.”

“This is the actual rail that is sloughing off,” Cox said.

The guardrail is supposed to protect cars.

“This rail will not keep a vehicle from going down this cliff,” Cox said.

The guardrail is in the turnout area on Kalanianaole Highway, just past Lanai Lookout in East Oahu. And all along that turnout area, the guardrail is rusting and falling apart.

“This is the worst of the worst of the worst. As you walk down, chunk after chunk after chunk,” Cox said.

That’s not something drivers want to hear associated with guardrail.

“I’m not putting much pressure on that and it’s just sloughing off, just. If you see this, that is dangerous,” Cox said.

It’s dangerous especially since it’s in an area that gets really dark at night and only has two lanes.

“It’s in an area that has no room for error.  So I believe the Department of Transportation should take this serious and take in consideration this area alone and the threat that it poses,” Cox said.

A Department of Transportation spokesperson said they’re looking into the problem.  She didn’t know if there was already a work order for that area, but she plans to get back to KHON2.

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