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For first time in months, Pali Highway to open in both directions

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JULY 26

    Workers walk through the closed Pali Highway tunnels during repair work earlier this summer.

The Pali Highway will be open in both directions for the first time in months from 1 to 7 p.m. today, state officials said.

The highway is currently open in the Honolulu-bound direction, but will close at 11:30 a.m. so crews can prepare the Pali for two-way traffic in the afternoon.

Starting tomorrow, the Pali will be open in both directions from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Fridays. The highway will remain closed on Saturdays through early November to allow further repairs to be completed.

Access to the Pali, a major route connecting Windward Oahu to town, has been limited to Honolulu-bound motorists in the mornings, and subsequently, Kailua-bound drivers in the afternoons, since a February rockfall required an estimated $21 million in emergency repairs.

The work includes slope stabilization as well as the new, concrete structure, or “rock shed,” which extends the second Honolulu-bound tunnel’s entrance by about 80 feet to shield motorists from future rockfalls.

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