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State to rebuild crossings in forest

State officials are preparing major road reconstruction projects at two of the main gulch crossings on Waipoli Access Road in the Kula Forest Reserve, which remains closed after extensive damage caused by the Kona storm in December.

Reconstruction of those major crossings is expected to be completed by Oct. 1, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced Monday. Following that, the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife expects to reopen public access to Waipoli Access Road, portions of the reserve and the cooperative game management area.

Some areas of the reserve, including the “Number 5 Unit” and Waiakoa Loop Trail, will remain closed through 2022, as crews continue clearing and repair.

The storm created unsafe conditions, including washed out gulch crossings and downed trees, that have disabled access on the single narrow road that serves the reserve.

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