Paumalu Stream Bridge weight limit reduced as safety precautionPosted on Mar 7, 2016 in Highways News, Main, News
HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists of reduced weight restrictions on the Paumalu Stream Bridge on Kamehameha Highway, located between Paumalu Place and Ke Nui Road, near Sunset Beach. The bridge was originally constructed in 1929 and underwent emergency reinforcement of concrete supports in November 2014.
A recent inspection found spalling deterioration on some of the bridge’s concrete support pillars. As a precautionary measure, the bridge weight limit has been reduced from 25 to 15 tons.
The speed limit over the bridge remains 25 miles per hour. Access for two-way traffic and emergency vehicles will remain normal. Portable message boards have been set up to notify motorists approaching the bridge area. Motorists are urged to follow all weight and speed restrictions and to heed signage posted in the area.
Vehicles weighing over 15 tons are advised to avoid travelling over the Paumalu Stream Bridge. HDOT has coordinated an operational plan with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services and Oahu Transit Services to maintain bus service to the area with reduced weight restrictions.