Paumalu Stream Bridge Weight And Speed Limits Reduced As Safety Precaution

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 in Highways News, News

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists of reduced weight and speed limit restrictions on the Paumalu Stream Bridge on Kamehameha Highway, located between Paumalu Place and Ke Nui Road, near Sunset Beach.

A recent inspection found spalling deterioration on some of the bridge’s concrete support pillars. As precautionary measures, the bridge weight limit has been reduced from 40 to 27 tons and speed limits over the bridge have been reduced from 35 to 25 miles per hour. Two-way traffic, buses and emergency vehicle access will remain open as normal. Portable messageboards have been set up to notify motorists approaching the bridge area.

Emergency construction work is being planned to reinforce the concrete supports and details will be publicized as soon as plans are finalized. During this time, heavy trucks weighing over 27 tons are advised to use alternate routes. The Paumalu Stream Bridge was originally constructed in 1929.

Motorists are urged to follow all weight and speed restrictions and to heed signage posted in the area.