"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.