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Posted on: January 27, 2021

Preliminary studies announced for improvement of East Maui bridges

The County of Maui Department of Public Works, in coordination with the Hawaii Department of Transportation, is beginning preliminary engineering and environmental compliance studies for the improvement of the Waikakoi and South Wailua bridges in East Maui.

The bridges are located south of Hana town at mile markers 45.5 and 44.7 on Hana Highway (Route 31). The County is evaluating rehabilitation or replacement of these 110-year-old structures to address deterioration and load capacity deficiencies.

The existing bridges carry posted load restrictions of 9 tons (South Wailua Bridge) and 12 tons (Waikakoi Bridge). The goal of the bridge improvement project is to maintain a safe and functional road for the community.

Beginning Thursday Jan. 28, residents and motorists may see project staff in the vicinity of the bridges conducting project field work, including topographic surveys, roadway borings, cultural surveys and biological surveys.

Boring activities within the roadway will require overnight road closures. These road closures will be announced in advance to allow for community members to prepare accordingly.

A virtual public meeting will be held in the summer of 2021 to provide additional project information and gather public input.

For more information or to share concerns, contact Ty Takeno,, or 270-7745. To be placed on a mailing list for future project updates, please contact Charlene Shibuya at or 244-2015.

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