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Bridge Being Demolished So H-1 Can Re-open

Rod Haraga Rod Haraga
Crews work to demolish the section of the pedestrian bridge over Ewa bound H-1 Tuesday night Crews work to demolish the section of the pedestrian bridge over Ewa bound H-1 Tuesday night
This rig struck the pedestrian walkway over H-1 in Aiea Tuesday afternoon This rig struck the pedestrian walkway over H-1 in Aiea Tuesday afternoon

Sep 6, 2006 12:22 AM

by Joann Shin

AIEA (KHNL) - One look at the damage was enough to shut down this entire freeway.

"It's worse than we thought. It's cracking on the bottom and we feel it's an imminent danger of collapse," said Rod Haraga, Department of Transportation director.

This pedestrian bridge near Aiea took a beating.

Police had to shut down the highway because the extent of the damage was great. The cables were damaged and there are hair line cracks. The concern is that the bridge could give way.

The root of the problem is this excavator strapped to an Army trailer. 

Haraga said, "Obviously this piece of equipment was more than 17 feet high."

Engineers determined the safest solution was to demolish the bridge.

"Rather than take our chances to support we feel that the equipment should take it down," said Haraga.

Crews also had to lower the excavator in order to move it out.

But transportation officials say this could have been prevented.

"There are certain restrictions must be followed. if you have an overweight load, you need a permit from the state to ensure things like this won't happen." explained Haraga.

The question now is whether the repair work will be done by morning rush hour.

According to Haraga, "We will make every attempt to open up , because 230,000 vehicles a day using this corridor. To stop traffic on one side is problematic."

An Army press release stated that the accident is under investigation and that no Army personnel were injured.

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