Rockslide Update: Normal Trash Service Begins Monday: Kauai Now: Kauai News & Information

Officials are announcing the following updates for the Waimea community affected by the landslide that occurred on Menehune Road on January 4.

Menehune Road and Waimea Swing Bridge

The county’s geotechnical consultant continues to work on determining the parameters of a permanent solution to mitigate the risk of additional rockfalls in this area on Menehune Road. Survey work to obtain topographic data of the slope is being planned.

On Thursday, Kaikor Construction — the county’s contractor for repairs to the Waimea Swing Bridge — completed initial work to stabilize the bridge ahead of schedule. Bridge repairs for the temporary restoration of pedestrian access are expected to begin in 2-3 weeks, once all materials and equipment are secured and mobilized.

In the meantime, Menehune Road is now open to regular car traffic. Temporary road closures may be required in the future when work continues on the Waimea Swing Bridge or if heavy rains cause additional rockfall hazards. Updates on new road closures will be announced.

Given the historic nature of the Waimea Swing Bridge, officials expect that permanent repairs will require special order materials; thus, officials anticipate that permanent repairs will not begin for several months. We will continue to work with Makaweli residents on their ongoing needs. If you need assistance, please contact KEMA at the numbers listed below.

Refusal Service

Beginning Monday, February 7, the county will return to normal Monday morning garbage collection service from the area. Residents are asked to leave their bagged garbage in their garbage carts on Sunday, February 6 for early morning pickup on Monday.

If you currently do not have a garbage cart and would like to continue to receive county garbage collection service, please contact the Division of Solid Waste Management at 808-241-4840.

Panini Road Emergency Access Road

The Department of Lands and Natural Resources (DLNR) alternate emergency access route from Waimea Canyon Drive, known as Panini Road, will remain open to local residents and first responders via 4×4 use only. Motorists are urged to drive slowly and carefully through the area.

Additional support

If anyone in the affected area needs assistance during working hours, please call the Kaua’i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) at 808-241-1800. After hours, please call Kaua’i Police Dispatch at 808-241-1711. If you have an emergency and need immediate assistance, please call 911. If you have a kupuna requiring assistance from the Senior Citizens Affairs Agency, please contact their office at 808-241-4470. If you have a school-aged child who needs assistance with distance learning options, please contact KEMA at 808-241-1800.

Those wishing to provide services or resources are asked to coordinate with KEMA.

The online newsletter is available on the “Waimea Valley Rockslide” page at www.kauai.gov/KEMA.

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