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All lanes of Pali Highway reopen after landslide damages vehicles

  • COURTESY GOAKAMAI

    A map shows traffic at a standstill along a section of the Pali Highway in the town-bound direction this morning.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Safety Systems and Signs workers coned off Pali Highway at the Castle Junction intersection with Kamehameha Highway preventing Honolulu bound vehicles from taking the Pali Highway today, which was closed following a morning landslide between the tunnels.

UPDATE: 12:30 p.m.

All lanes in both directions of the Pali Highway near the Pali tunnels have reopened.

11:25 a.m.

The Kailua-bound lanes of the Pali Highway have reopened following a landslide this morning onto the highway but the town-bound lanes will remain closed until further notice.

The landslide damaged four vehicles and occurred before the tunnel on the town-bound side of the highway.

“We want to make sure the area is safe and that there aren’t any additional landslides,” said Tim Sakahara, spokesman of the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

“The assessment could find that they might need to do rock scaling or additional work to prevent any additional slides in the area,” he added.

Sakahara encouraged motorists to check goakamai.org or the state transportation department’s Facebook page “Hawaii Department of Transportation” and Twitter page @DOTHawaii for any updates on the closure.

“We hope to have it open before the afternoon commute,” he said noting there is no definitive timeline until the assessment is complete.

Four vehicles were damaged by debris from the landslide on the Honolulu-bound side of the tunnels shortly before 7:20 a.m. today. No injuries were reported.

The Honolulu Fire Department responded to the scene.

Honolulu Fire Spokesman Capt. Scot Seguirant said approximately five or six rocks caused damage to the vehicles.

Two of the six rocks were described to be similar to the size of a basketball or volleyball and the largest rock was described to be the combined size of two basketballs. Seguirant said the other rocks were smaller.

9:40 a.m.

The Pali Highway is closed until further notice for hillside inspection, according to the state Department of Transportation.

9:11 a.m.

The Kailua-bound lanes of the Pali Highway at the tunnel have been closed due to the landslide, according to police.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.

8:36 a.m.

The Honolulu-bound lanes of the Pali Highway near the Pali tunnels are closed from Castle Junction due to the landslide. Motorists are advised to take the Likelike Highway or the H-3 freeway.

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A landslide occurred on the Honolulu-bound lanes of the Pali Highway between the two Pali tunnels this morning.

Police responded to the landslide that was first reported shortly before 7:20 a.m. Four vehicles were damaged by debris from the landslide. No injuries were reported.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation advised motorists to avoid the Honolulu-bound lanes of the Pali Highway near the tunnels because the landslide is blocking the left lane near the tunnels.

Crews from the transportation department are responding to clear the roadway.

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