Repair Work on Aiea Overpass Begins

(KHNL) - A caution for drivers.

Parts of the H-1 in Aiea will be closed for the next two weeks.

As crews repair the pedestrian overpass that was hit in September by an army truck carrying heavy equipment.

Monday through Thursday, from 9 p.m. To 3:15 a.m., two ewa-bound lanes of the H-1 will be closed.

"We're going to clean off both ends to accept the beam coming in on Sunday, basically we're going to jackhammer and clean off the existing concrete and pour another concrete section," said Rod Haraga with the Department of Transportation.

Crews will place the new bridge over the H-1 Sunday morning. That means all ewa-bound lanes will shut down that day from 1:30 a.m. to 5 a.m.

The pedestrian bridge was damaged Sept. 6 when an excavator hauled by an army vehicle, hit the overpass. It created a traffic nightmare for those heading home that day. Repair work on the bridge will continue next week with closure hours still to be announced.

"And then on the subsequent Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, a little more work that needs to be done. The guardrails need to be put up and we're going to pour some more slab on top the beam," said Haraga.

So for the next two weeks, westbound drivers are bieng asked to add extra time to their commute.