A downed utility pole on late Monday evening (September 21st) leads to an hours-long closure of Ali'i Drive in Kailua-Kona.
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo and Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a downed utility on Ali'i Drive in the area of Kahului Bay Bridge (or near Kona Tiki Hotel) in Kailua-Kona on late Monday evening (September 21st).
The initial call came in at 11:40 pm Monday evening and HPD officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located on Ali'i Drive at the 1.5-mile marker (fronting Kona Tiki Hotel and Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort) in Kailua-Kona.
Upon the arrival of HPD officers, reports came in that temporary utility pole had snapped in half, and utility lines (described as telecommunication and cable lines) had fallen across the roadway near the 1.5-mile marker. Traffic was not able to safely pass through and residents in the area awaited the arrival of HPD officers.
Once HPD officers arrived at the scene, they confirmed reports from residents and passerby of a downed utility pole and immediately notified utility companies (Hawaiian Telcom and Spectrum) to begin repairs to the damaged utility pole.
Due to the hazard present by the utility lines, HPD officers closed all lanes of Ali'i Drive near the 1.5-mile marker in Kailua-Kona until utility crews could arrive at the scene and begin repairs and safely clear the lines from the roadway.
Ali'i Drive was later reopened to all traffic at 11:00 am Tuesday morning (September 22nd).
Utility crews were not immediately able say why the utility pole had snapped, however, stated the pole was scheduled to be removed in conjunction with the Kahului Bay Bridge replacement project, which is currently underway and expected to continue through May 2021.