Update: Piʻilani Highway now OPEN, repairs completed of fallen utility lines

Lucas Zarro documents his commute in this time lapse, which took 1.5 hours longer than usual. Crews from Hawaiian Telcom are repairing downed lines on Piʻilani Highway. The ETA for reopening the highway is 3 p.m. VC: Lucas Zarro (8.5.22)

Update: Piʻilani Highway now OPEN as of 1:51 p.m.

(Update: 1:51 p.m., 8.5.22)

Piʻilani Highway is now OPEN as of 1:51 p.m. It was closed for more than 10 hours while Hawaiian Telcom worked to repair downed utility lines between Kaiwahine Street and Uwapo Road in North Kīhei.

Motorists can expect delays as the backlog of traffic resumes its normal flow.

A spokesperson with Hawaiian Telcom tells Maui Now that a utility pole fell in the early morning hours. It is unclear what caused the pole to fall.

Hawaiian Telcom repairs on Piʻilani Highway – around 10 a.m. on Aug. 5, 2022. VC: James Flynn
Piʻilani Highway closure (8.5.22) PC: @koleaentries
Piʻilani Highway closure (8.5.22) PC: @koleaentries
Piʻilani Highway utility lines down. (8.5.22) PC: @samanthadahabi / Maui Elopement Photographer

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Piʻilani Highway Remains Closed:
New ETA is 3 p.m.

(Update Aug. 5, 2022, 11:15 a.m.)

Piʻilani Highway remains closed, and officials with Hawaiian Telcom now say repairs are estimated for completion at 3 p.m. This is three hours beyond an earlier estimate.

The closure is on the Piʻilani Highway at Kaiwahine Street and Uwapo Road in North Kīhei. Traffic is being routed down to South Kīhei Road.

Maui police report there is extremely heavy traffic conditions on roadways, in all directions.

Fallen utility lines force closure of Piʻilani Highway in North Kīhei

Due to fallen utility lines, the Piʻilani Highway is closed until further notice. Maui police issued the closure notice at 3:17 a.m. saying traffic from Piʻilani Highway is being routed down Uwapo Road to South Kīhei Road.

Repairs by Hawaiian Telcom are estimated to result in an extended closure until around noon today.

Motorist can expect major delays into and out of South Maui.

Traffic is especially backing up into Kihei along the Maui Veterans Highway, with little to no movement at last report.

Piʻilani Highway at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 5, 2022. PC: Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation.

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