Kamehameha Hwy. contraflow, closure to resume in Waimea for pole repairs

Photo: Ryan De Seixas

The state Department of Transportation says another night of contraflows and a full closure on Kamehameha Highway is necessary to continue repairs on multiple poles and lines.

The modifications affect the stretch of road between Iliohu Place and the entrance to Waimea Bay Beach Park. Signs are also posted near Pupukea Road.

The state says a contraflow will be in effect from 8-10 p.m., then a full closure from 10 p.m.- midnight, and then a contraflow resumes from midnight-3 a.m.

Officials urge the public to avoid the area if possible. Work should be completed before Thursday’s rush hour traffic.

The damage on Oahu’s North Shore was caused by a crash, which occurred just before 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials say a semi-trailer truck caused a pole to come down over the roadway.

The 27-year-old male driver was treated by paramedics at the scene but declined to go to the hospital.

According to Hawaiian Electric, three poles were damaged. Two need to be completely replaced, while one needs to be straightened.

Power was initially cut to to about 265 customers and restored by 10:10 a.m.

Once HECO crews complete repairs, Hawaiian Telcom needs to reattach lines.

The highway was closed in both directions between Iliohu Place and the entrance to Waimea Bay Beach Park for much of Tuesday. 

The Hawaii Department of Education says the closure affected bus service at Haleiwa Elementary and Waialua High School.

Aerial video courtesy Ryan De Seixas.

Photo: Clark Little
Photo: Clark Little

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