Bridge Maintenance and Inspections a Priority in Hawaii

WINDWARD, OAHU (KHNL) - How often are Hawaii's bridges inspected?

Engineers checked them after last year's earthquake.  But under normal circumstances, it's every two years.

The DOT says its bridge maintenance and inspection program is one of the highest priorities of the department.

"We do have about 46 bridge replacement or rehab projects over the next six years amounting to about $280 million so, it's the most significant investment that the DOT has made in our bridge system in a long time," said Deputy Director, Dr. Brennon Morioka.

The DOT says $25 million are set aside annually to keep our bridges safe.

That money is not enough, and the DOT says it takes funds from other sources to supplement the bridge program.