Those headed to Kipahulu should check road availability throughout the year because of considerable road repair work, the County of Maui announced this week. In fact, Pi`ilani Highway at Nuanualoa Gulch, near Mile Marker 37, will close completely in the near future as workers repair a section of road that was significantly damaged by a recent landslide.
“The county has initiated emergency work in the area which will require the road to be tested for stability before repair work begins,” stated the county’s Feb. 3 news release. “The testing will require the road to be closed completely, from Feb. 16 to Feb. 19, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After that the road will still need to be closed partially for testing from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26, also from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.”
Partial closures mean the road in that area will only have one lane open (its current status, actually), and there will be workers present to help direct traffic.
“Repair work on the road will come later this year, and require more road closure dates,” states the news release. “The county will release those details to the public as soon as they become available.”
Photo of Piilani Highway at Nuanualoa Gulch in Kipahulu: County of Maui