Weight limits on 11 bridges statewide reassessed with changes coming

Weight limits on 11 bridges statewide reassessed with changes coming
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Transportation is adjusting the weight limits for bridges across the state.

New signs at 11 bridges on Hawaii Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai will inform motorists of the modified weight limits.

The DOT provided the following list of weight changes:

Hawaii Island
  • Honokohau Stream Bridge on Kahekili Highway (Route 30) Milepost 35.8.
    • New weight limit 16 tons.
  • Papanahoa Stream Bridge on Kahekili HIghway (Route 30) Milepost 41.25.
    • New weight limit 15 tons.

Note: Bridges in italics belong to the County of Maui.

  • Makani No. 132 Culvert, located on Makani Road between Apana Road and Kaupea Street.
    • New weight limit 13 tons. 
  • Maliko No. 48 Bridge. Located on Makawao Avenue between Kokomo Road and Kee Road.
    • New weight limit 9 tons.
  • Kaupea No. 134 Bridge. Located on Kaupea Street between Puia Place and Haele Place. 
    • New weight limit 10 tons.
  • Nuuanu Stream Bridge, Westbound on Nimitz Highway, located between River Street and Awa Street.
    • New weight limit 28 tons.
  • North (Lower) Poamoho Stream Bridge, located on Kaukonahuna Road (Route 930) about 400 ft. northeast of Hukilau Loop.
    • New weight limit 12 tons.

The state says passenger vehicles – which weigh two tons – won't be affected. The changes mainly apply to emergency vehicles, buses and tractor trailers.

Officials are working to coordination emergency responses with the appropriate agencies.

Commercial and other vehicles that use the routes are encouraged to apply for an overload permit. More information here.

The DOT says the changes are a result of a recent retesting in how bridge weight restrictions are calculated.

The new weight limits will apply, and signs installed by Feb 15.

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