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State to hold meeting on Kuhio Highway repairs Tuesday

The Hawaii Department of Transportation will hold a public informational meeting Tuesday evening on Kuhio Highway bridge and roadway repairs on Kauai.

The meeting, which will focus on locations identified for repair, as well as design, construction, general timing and other project concerns, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hanalei Elementary School cafeteria, 5-5415 Kuhio Highway.

Today, local access to Wainiha and Haena will follow a Sunday schedule of alternative trips between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The single-lane route is available to Wainiha and Haena residents only, as well as precleared recovery workers and volunteers. Those without county-issued placards or pre-clearance from the Kauai Emergency Management Agency will not be allowed through the checkpoints due to safety issues.

Speed and weight restrictions, meanwhile, remain in effect along the 2-mile route. The speed limit ranges from 5 to 15 miles per hour, and there is a 10,000-pound (5-ton) weight restriction, with the exception of emergency response vehicles authorized by HDOT.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and HDOT continue to conduct emergency repairs to the roadway and bridges along Kuhio Highway (Route 560 and Route 56), which includes replacing roadways damaged by heavy rains, flooding, and landslides in April. Bridges for Waikoko Stream, Waipa Stream, and Waioli Stream require replacement to allow for the transport of heavy equipment and materials for the repairs.

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