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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, February 26, 2006

HAWAI'I BRIEFS
Get roadwork updates by e-mail

Advertiser Staff

WAILUKU A new program started by Maui County and the Maui Police Department will allow motorists to receive immediate notice of road closures via e-mail, portable devices such as a BlackBerry, or text-enabled wireless phones.

The service will be available starting Wednesday.

To sign up, go to the county Web site at www.co.maui.hi.us and click on "e-mail subscriptions." Enter an e-mail address or wireless phone or portable device e-mail address. Select "road closure notifications" to receive information on which highways are closed and an estimate of when the road will reopen.


BIG ISLAND

UNMARKED POLICE CAR ON THE PROWL

HILO Hawai'i County police are testing the use of an unmarked police vehicle to catch drunken drivers, speeders and other reckless motorists.

The Ford Crown Victoria does not have the usual blue light on its roof, but instead has LED blue lights above the rearview mirror, in the front grille and on the rear deck of the vehicle. The car also has strobe lights in its head and tail lights.


HONOLULU

WARD AVENUE TO CLOSE AT NIGHT

Starting tomorrow the city will close a section of Ward Avenue for night work for about a month as it makes emergency repairs to the underground tunnels.

The section between Kina'u and Beretania streets will be closed from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays.

In October, an inspection under Ward showed several cavities and hollow spots around a sewer tunnel under the road.

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. will do the first phase of emergency work including pavement removal, installing concrete to fill the cavities and placing a deck of metal beams and plates over the concrete to carry traffic.

A second phase of the work will include installing metal liner plates to repair the holes.

STATE LIBRARY TO OPEN ON MONDAYS

The Hawai'i State Library downtown will be open Mondays starting March 6, which returns the library to a six-day a week schedule.

The new public service schedule will be: Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday.