Kauai looks at updating older island bridges

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The single-lane Opaekaa Bridge on the island of Kauai is due for a facelift.

According to the Garden Island, the project has officials trying to figure out how much of the bridge's history should be preserved while structural changes are made to enhance safety.

Andy Bushnell is a Kapaa Homestead resident and retired history professor at Kauai Community College. He says Kauai's one-lane bridges are part of the area's rural lifestyle and should remain that way. But others argue that the one-lane bridges should be replaced with two-lane bridges for safety.

Ken Teshima with the county Public Works Department says many of Kauai's bridges, because of their age, need to be considered to be listed as historical.

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