Highway 11 roadwork set to commence

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Traffic is diverted around Highway 11 roadwork in July near Piimauna Drive in Volcano.

After sustaining considerable damage from thousands of earthquakes, Highway 11 near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will undergo repairs throughout the weekend and next week.

Starting Saturday, drivers in Volcano should be aware of alternating lane closures near mile marker 30 on Highway 11, where the damage caused by Kilauea’s seismic activity earlier this year is greatest.

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Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said the surface of Highway 11 is riddled with cracks and potholes, even months after the seismic activity ended.

While alternating lanes at mile marker 30 will be closed 24 hours a day through the weekend into next week, additional repairs necessitating alternate lane closures near mile markers 29 and 31 will also begin next week. The closures at mile markers 29 and 31 will only take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.

The Highway 11 repairs are only some of a series of road closures that will take place next week. Also starting this weekend are alternating road closures on Highway 19 at mile marker 7.1 in Papaikou and at mile marker 11 in Pepeekeo, both of which will be active between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

While the Papaikou and Pepeekeo repairs will continue through next week, additional alternate lane closures also will be implemented all the way from Wailuku Bridge to the Waiaama Stream Bridge in Pepeekeo from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Kohala Mountain Road also will have alternating lanes closed through next week as crews repair guardrails between mile markers 7 and 9. That closure will be active between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Email Michael Brestovansky at mbrestovansky@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

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