Single-lane closure on Highway 19 to continue through Thursday

The partial lane closure of Hawaii Belt Road in Kalopa between mile markers 38 and 39 will continue overnight and through Thursday, Hawaii Electric Light Co. said in a statement today.

One lane will be closed to traffic to allow crews to replace damaged transmission poles and lines that were downed by gusty winds and fallen trees on Sunday.

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Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the construction area and expect delays of up to 45 minutes.

On Tuesday night and today, crews replaced 12 poles and electric service was restored to the majority of affected customers in Honokaa, Kalopa State Park, Kukuihaele, and Waipio Valley. Customers in portions of Maunakea Ranch and Waipunahina remain without service.

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In some remote areas, restoration efforts have been hindered by heavy rain, mud, uneven terrain and fallen trees.

Always assume that downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Stay at least 30 feet away and report any downed lines to the trouble desk at 969-6666.

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