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Town-bound Pali Highway reopened after being closed by rockslide near Castle Junction

UPDATE: 6:15 p.m.

The town-bound lanes of the Pali Highway near Castle Junction have been reopened after a rockslide closed the lanes earlier today, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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The Department of Transportation officials estimate it could take until about 6 p.m. to clear the Pali Highway of a rockslide.

Police have closed the town-bound lanes of the highway at Castle Junction in Kaneohe.

The road is impassable and motorists have been directed to take the Likelike Highway or the H-3 freeway to get to town.

The location of the rockslide that occurred at about 11:45 a.m. is between the hairpin turn and Castle Junction on the Kailua side of the tunnels.

In addition to removal of rocks and mud, crews are removing a tree that has been potentially compromised, said DOT spokesman Jai Cunningham.

At about 1 p.m., the Hawaii Department of Transportation in a tweet estimated the operation to take four hours.

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