Pali Hwy. lane reopened after crews remove downed tree

A downed tree shuts down one lane of Pali Hwy. on March 17, 2014.
A downed tree shuts down one lane of Pali Hwy. on March 17, 2014.

Police have reopened the right lane of Pali Hwy. in the west-bound direction Monday.

The lane was previously shut down after a large tree fell just before 5:30 a.m., blocking the road near Waokanaka St.

According to the state Dept. of Transportation, crews cleared the fallen Ironwood tree between 10:30 and 11 a.m., then removed several other damaged trees and debris from the hillside that appeared ready to fall toward the highway.  Work was completed at around 3 p.m.

Officials say it’s likely strong wind toppled the tree.

More work will be scheduled in the coming days to remove large tree trunks from along the highway.

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