Just past the lanai lookout on Kalanianaole Highway is the Ihiihilauakea Stream Bridge.
At 80 years old, it's showing its age.
An inspection report done last year found that the "overall stability of the bridge superstructure could be compromised." Resulting "in the collapse of the bridge."
But the state Department of Transportation says the condition of the bridge was not that bad.
"That's why our inspectors have been out here weekly monitoring it to see if we need to do anything like reduce the loads, but so far it's been okay. We'll continue to inspect it and let the public know if any changes need to occur," DOT spokesperson Caroline Sluyter said.
The report recommended that repairs be done immediately, no later than July 2012. The state says there was a problem with funding and the project turned out to be bigger than anticipated.
"How much of a risk was there during that time in waiting over a year to do it?" KHON2 asked.
"That is why we had the inspectors out here every week checking it and if there was anything that was a safety issue they would have reduced the loads," Sluyter said.
Sluyter says funding is always an issue and the DOT has to prioritize, which projects should be done first. She says there are more than 200 places on the bridge that need to be fixed.
Workers will start with chipping the concrete, taking out the rusted rebar and then replacing them. The bridge will then be wrapped in carbon fiber to make it stronger and then painted to keep moisture out.
The work is expected to last until spring of next year, so expect traffic on Kalanianaole Highway, especially for Waimanalo residents heading into Hawaii Kai.
"Picking a perfect time to actually close it down and do it I don't know if anybody can do that," Waimanalo Neighborhood Board Member Andrew Jamilla said.
Jamilla says there have been complaints, but most of them realize it has to be done.
The cost of the project is estimated at $2.4 million.
Additional information from the Department of Transportation:
The Hawaii Department of Transportation advises Oahu motorists of lane closures on Kalanianaole Highway between Lunalilo Home Road and Kealahou Street for bridge repairs. Construction begins Monday, October 7, through Friday, October 11, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily, and will continue through the end of the year. Traffic will be contraflowed during this time.
There will be a full road closure between the Koko Head Shooting Range Complex and the Halona Blowhole Lookout, on Tuesday, October 8, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists are advised to use Kealahou Street and Lunalilo Home Road as detour routes.
Repair to the Ihiihilauakea Bridge includes spall barrier and road repairs, followed with a carbon fiber wrap installation for reinforcement. Project cost is estimated at approximately $2.4 million.
Motorists are advised to use Kealahou Street and Lunalilo Home Road as a detour route around the work zone. Motorists are also advised to anticipate delays and to drive with caution through the work area.
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