Area beneath two Hawaii County bridges tested for lead contamination

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The Hawaii Department of Transportation is notifying the public of lead contamination mitigation work being performed below and in the vicinity of the Hakalau Bridge in Hawaii County.

Initial tests discovered lead in the soil around the base of the bridge structure that exceeded allowable levels. Additional soil testing will be performed next week to determine the extent and depth of the lead contamination in the soil.

Test results are anticipated to be returned within two to three months after the sampling is collected.

As a precaution, orange construction fencing and warning signs have been placed around the base of the bridge restricting public access to the area. The fencing will remain in place until further notice.

Additional soil testing will be conducted below the Kolekole Bridge nearby, which is an area with public access. Preliminary screening at that site showed low lead levels. Further testing, however, will be conducted as a precaution.

The current work is limited to the ground below and around the bridge structures. Lead paint abatement work on the bridge structures was previously completed.

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