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Replacement parts for H-1, Nimitz Highway lights damaged in shipping

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The stretch of Nimitz Highway and airport viaduct that have been in the dark for months could stay that way until the end of the year.

According to the Department of Transportation, the lights were knocked out when two faulty transformers blew out. The parts are so old that they needed to be re-built from scratch.

When one of the new parts arrived, officials discovered it had been damaged in shipping.

"A lot of our infrastructure is very old. Two or three decades old and of course we do everything we can to maintain, but it's just like a car. After a while it may and could go out and unfortunately that was the case with these transponders," DOT spokesperson Dan Meisenzahl said. "And so we thought 'Oh its okay because we have the backup transponder,' well then that one goes out. And so we put everything on order and then when it gets here and then the outer shell is damaged"

The damaged part is currently being repaired, but there is no word on when the lights will be back on.

The state will not be charged to fix the dented parts.

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