Halawa Bridge Project Delayed Again

Jim Bradley
Jim Bradley

HALAWA (KHNL) - It's been two years since crews began working on a state project just outside of Pearl Harbor.

Now people will have to wait even longer for workers to complete the Halawa Bridge project on Kamehameha Highway.

When we talked to state transportation officials back in May, they told us work would pick up at the end of that month. But now they say crews won't return until the end of the summer.

"We're basically being told to detour, no one knows what's going on, we're all being kept in the dark," said Jim Bradley, bicyclist.

This is all started back in July 2005. That's when crews began working to replace the aging bridge. But then a year ago, they stopped working.

Crews discovered a major utility line underground. They later discovered the military owned it and waited for them to move it. But workers also ran into another major problem with the soil conditions.

"So essentially what took place is we had to go back and do a redesign and the contractor as a result of this faces some additional costs," said Barry Fukunaga, State Director of Transportation.

Originally this was supposed to cost $7 million. But now, it's going to take another million to get the work done. The State Transportation Department is trying to get federal funding to pay for most of the additional costs. Workers are expected to return at the end of August.

"It's ridiculous. Very, very frustrating," said Bradley.

"Well, we certainly regret the unfortunate delay. We understand that the impact on them is something of an inconvenience," said Fukunaga.

Crews are now expected to complete this project next summer.