by: Paul Drewes
AIEA (KHNL)- A new walkway overpass in Aiea now crosses the H-1 freeway, but it will be another two weeks before this pedestrian bridge will be ready to use.
A work crew finished lowering a 60-ton slab of concrete into place to repair a damaged pedestrian overpass in 'Aiea at about 2:55 this morning. East-and west-bound traffic was halted on the H-1 Freeway as a precaution while the precast replacement section was lifted into position by a crew from Hawaiian Dredging.
Rod Haraga, Department of Transportation director, says, "We still have more work the next four nights, we'll be pouring in the deck and putting in guardrails and closing the ends." This new walkway is a different design than the last; build bowed, it will settle as it is lowered into place, laving a flat walkway for people to cross the freeway. For drivers on the freeway, the state says it is safe to drive under the partially completed overpass. There will be freeway lane closures from 9 p.m. to 3:15 a.m.
The overpass has been out of service since September, when a large backhoe being towed on a U.S. Army trailer slammed into it. Officials closed the 'ewa-bound lanes of the freeway in the hours after the accident, sparking traffic jams across the island.