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Advisory: Starting Feb. 11 Portion of Ali‘i Drive Reduced to One Lane 24 Hours a Day as Sinkhole Repairs Progress


UPDATE: Starting Feb. 11 Portion of Ali‘i Drive Reduced to One Lane 24 Hours a Day as Sinkhole Repairs Progress

Traffic on Ali‘i Drive fronting Coconut Grove Marketplace will be reduced to one lane for the foreseeable future as crews work to repair damage caused by a sinkhole.

 

Kailua-Kona, HI: Last week the Department of Public Works commenced repairs to Ali‘i Drive fronting Coconut Grove Marketplace due to a sinkhole that developed in late December. Initially, it was determined that traffic would be reduced to one lane of alternating travel between Hualālai and Walua Roads from 7 a.m. to sunset Monday through Friday.

 

However, due to construction conditions encountered during the repairs, starting Tuesday, February 11, 2020, the road will be reduced to one lane of alternating travel 24 hours a day for the duration of the project. It’s possible that Ali‘i Drive may be completely closed within the work zone if the road becomes unstable during excavation work. Road crews may also work on Saturdays to ensure the repairs are completed as expeditiously as possible.

 

Repairs to the sinkhole include repairing road damage caused by erosion, as well as stabilizing the area surrounding the sinkhole to prevent future erosion. The makai shoulder of the road, which has been closed to pedestrians since the sinkhole appeared in late December, will remain closed while repairs are performed.

 

Motorists are advised to be aware of traffic delays and to drive with caution in the work zone. Signs will be posted on Ali‘i Drive advising motorists of the roadwork and traffic signals will be installed on Ali‘i Drive at either end of Coconut Grove Marketplace to facilitate traffic flow.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding. If there are any questions or concerns, please call the Engineering Division at 961-8423.


Due to the lengthy delays on Ali’i drive caused by the road repairs of a sinkhole, the 05:40 AM Pahala to Kona and the 4:35 PM Kona to Pahala routes has been re-routed effective February 27, 2020 until further notice as follows: 

 

05:40 Pahala to Kona (NORTHBOUND)

<Riders on Alii Drive between Huggo’s and King Kamehameha hotel must go to Kuakini Hwy for pick up>


Bus will travel on Alii Drive until Lunapule St. 

RIGHT on Lunapule St,

LEFT on Kuakini Highway (designated flag stops are roadside in front of the University of the Nations and McDonalds)

 

            RIGHT on Henry St, 

            LEFT on Queen Kaahumanu Hwy,

            proceed to Kamakaeha Ave stops, and continue regular scheduled routing.

 


4:35 PM Kona to Pahala (SOUTHBOUND)

<Riders on Alii Drive between King Kamehameha Hotel and Huggo's must go to Kuakini Hwy for pick up>

            After the Kona Commons stop, the bus will travel on Queen Kaahumanu Hwy,

            RIGHT on Henry St, 

            LEFT on Kuakini Hwy (designated flag stops are roadside in front of the 76 Gas Station and across the University of the Nations)

            RIGHT on Lunapule St, 

            Left on Alii Drive 

            proceed with regular scheduled routing.