KITV4: DOT to Close One Lane on Farrington Hwy After Fatal Collision

“DOT to close one lane near Maipalaoa Bridge on Farrington Highway after fatal car collision”
By Annalisa Burgos, Monday, 27 Jan. 2020, 6:39 PM HST

Ma’ipalaoa Bridge on Farrington Highway is one of the major lifelines for Waianae Coast residents. Considered old and dilapidated, it’s being replaced.

But the lane changes made to accommodate construction workers are being partially blamed in a fatal car collision this weekend.

Two Waianae residents — 61-year-old Richard Takayama Jr., and 40-year-old Brandie Navarro — died after a pickup truck hit a concrete barrier, veered into their lane and crashed into them head on. The driver of the truck was hospitalized in critical condition.  Continue reading

Fatal Crash in Maili Prompts Highway Changes

State plans highway changes in Maili following double-fatal crash
By HNN Staff, January 26, 2020 at 11:07 AM HST – Updated January 27 at 5:57 PM

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – After a deadly collision near a Maili bridge replacement construction site, the state plans to make changes to improve the safety of drivers along Farrington Highway.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation intends to contraflow traffic in the area to eliminate a lane shift that is causing confusion for some motorists.

“We’ll always have two lanes in the peak direction, but we may only have one lane going in the opposite direction,” said Ed Sniffen, the Highways Division deputy director for the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

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CDC & Hawaii DOH Recommendations re Novel Coronavirus

The University of Hawaii is advising everyone to monitor the outbreak
of the novel coronavirus, a respiratory illness first reported in
Wuhan, China in December 2019. There are now more than 2,700 cases
and 82 deaths reported in China. There have been five cases reported
in the continental United States with no deaths. There are no
reported cases in Hawaii and no direct flights from Wuhan, China to
our state.

Multiple federal and state agencies are closely monitoring the
situation. Everyone is urged to follow Center for Disease Control
(CDC) guidelines and Hawaii Department of Health (DOH)
recommendations, which are related to travel to and from China:

CDC recommendations :

DOH guidance:

DOH advises everyone to get vaccinated for influenza because there
are similar symptoms between the coronavirus and the flu. Everyone is
asked to follow standard procedures if experiencing flu like

  • Avoid contact with others
  • Do not travel while sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your
    hands) when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

The university will continue to provide updates, when necessary.

This message was sent on behalf of University of Hawaii.