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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:41 a.m., Monday, April 17, 2006

Kamehameha Highway reopened after rockfall

Advertiser Staff

The section of Kamehameha Highway near Waimea Falls Park has been reopened following a rockfall early this morning that closed part of the road for about five hours.

The rockfall closed the road in both directions at 4:11 a.m., but state road crews were able to open the road to contra-flow traffic about an hour later. Both lanes were reopened at 9 a.m.

State Transportation Department spokesman Scott Ishikawa said one of two car-engine size boulders that fell from the top of the hillside made it onto the roadway.

Fencing set up by the state prevented one boulder from reaching the road, but the other went through an unprotected area, Ishikawa said.

DOT plans to set up concrete barriers to cover the previously unprotected area, according to Ishikawa.