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Highway lanes in Kailua reopen after crews clear tree

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 08:02 p.m. HST, May 09, 2014


Police have reopened the town-bound lanes of Kalanianaole Highway near Kapaa Quarry Road following a six-and-a-half-hour closure due to a fallen tree.

The massive banyan tree, estimated at 40 to 50 feet tall, fell around 12:48 p.m. on Friday, prompting police to divert all town-bound traffic onto Kapaa Quarry Road. Kailua-bound traffic was initially limited to one shoulder lane.

DOT Highways Division maintenance crews spent the afternoon removing the tree and associated debris from the roadway.

The town-bound lanes were finally reopened around 7:30 p.m.






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paniolo wrote:
The State should cut down or cut back all the trees on Pali, Likelike and now, this area. Why do they need all those trees so close to the highways, anyway? People that been traveling these highways lately have encountered lane closures because of downed trees and landslides. Heavy rains erode the ground, strong winds blow down the trees. What was the cause of this fallen tree? I don't travel those roads, so, I'm not too worried about being stranded on the road, but people that use it daily are being inconvenienced a lot. I saw a pic of people getting out of their cars and walking on the highway.
on May 9,2014 | 02:52PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
i think the outdoor circle has something to do with it..if it wasn't for them all those trees would be gone by now
on May 9,2014 | 04:28PM
paniolo wrote:
I hope they were stuck in that traffic.
on May 9,2014 | 06:54PM
control wrote:
what utter drivel.....like they had something to do with termites and water logged soil.
on May 9,2014 | 08:08PM
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