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HDOT News Release: Continue to exercise caution at intersection of Mauna Kea Access Road and the Daniel K. Inouye Highway

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in Latest Department News

HILO – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) continues to urge all motorists to exercise caution as they approach the intersection of Mauna Kea Access Road and the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (formerly Saddle Road) due to the increased activity.

In the past week, HDOT has placed electronic message boards in both directions asking motorists on DKI Highway to reduce their speed for safety. DKI Highway in the vicinity of Mauna Kea Access Road is a high-speed facility, with a speed limit of 60 mph as of February 2017.

Additionally, traffic cones were placed at the intersection to make motorists aware of the increased pedestrian activity and barriers were installed on the sides of the highway to protect pedestrians and law enforcement at the base of Mauna Kea Access Road.

Motorists using DKI Highway to travel between east and west Hawaii are reminded to slow down considerably and be prepared to stop for pedestrians in the roadway. Pedestrians are reminded that the DKI Highway is a high-speed facility, and that crossing the facility should be done only if absolutely necessary and with extreme caution.

Photos of the electronic message boards, traffic cones, and barriers are available at: