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Report: 1 in 8 Hawaii bridges deficient

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

More than one out of every eight bridge in the state will require serious repairs, according to a federal report.

In the wake of the partial collapse of the Skajit River bridge near Seattle, national attention is again focusing on the safety of the nation's bridges.

The Federal Highway Administration says that 146 of Hawaii's 1,131 county and state-owned bridges are "structurally deficient." That doesn't mean the structures are in danger of imminent collapse but they will require millions of dollars in fixes.

"Some of our bridges are 80 years old, 50 years old. Some of them are very old and built to a different standard of the times," said Caroline Sluyter, spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation.

"There could be rust, there could be spalling -- deterioration of the concrete if that's what it's made out of. Typical wear and tear."

Viewers will remember the emergency repairs on the Karsten Thot Bridge in Wahiawa last fall.

The 80-year-old steel bridge was shut for more than a month for structural fixes, resulting in long traffic jams.

Other bridges in poor condition include the 75 year-old Halona Street bridge in Kalihi. The bridge's deck is in poor condition but repairs aren't scheduled for six years.

The state says fixing all of its structurally deficient bridges will likely cost hundreds of million of dollars but so far, there's funding to repair about eight.

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