Emergency guardrail repair work will require highway closure

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The state Department of Transportation announced Friday afternoon that it plans to replace the rusting and deteriorating guardrail on Kalanianaole Highway, in response to a story we aired on our KHON2 News last week.

The emergency work will affect nighttime traffic in the area.

On July 22, Carroll Cox took us out to a turnout area on Kalanianaole Highway between Lanai Lookout and Halona Blowhole.

We couldn’t believe what we saw.

“I’m not putting much pressure on that and it’s just sloughing off, just. If you see this. That is dangerous,” said Carroll Cox of “The Carroll Cox Show” on July 22.

Guardrail in such poor condition.

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

In response, the State DOT has scheduled emergency repair work.

“It was brought to our attention by you guys, Channel 2, and we appreciate that. And we expedited the work to get it done as quickly as we possibly could,” DOT Spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter said.

“Well I appreciate it because I like the roads to be safe,” Manoa resident Barry Schneider said.

Especially since Schnieder passes by this area quite often — whenever he goes to Sandy Beach.

“But the main thing is they don’t affect traffic coming to when we go surfing,” Schneider said.

The work will be done overnight for that very reason — to minimize the impact to traffic.

Kalanianaole Highway will be closed in both directions from Lunalilo Home Road all the way to Kealahou Street, which is just past Sandy Beach.

“It will be closed and we do apologize for the inconvenience but we did want to get it repaired as quickly as possible,” Sluyter said.

The work is scheduled for Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16, from 9pm. till 4am.

Traffic will be detoured through Hawaii Kai during those hours.

“They’re going to be changing out about 300 feet of the guardrail, starting with the areas that are in the worst condition first. The type of guardrails that we’re going to be using out there because of the proximity to the ocean, it will be coated with an epoxy that will help resist the rust,” Sluyer said.

The DOT initially planned to start the work this coming Monday, but decided to push it back a week, so that there would be more time to get the word out about the closure.

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