Crews Replace Aging Bridges on Garden Isle

KAUAI (KHNL) -- A major thoroughfare is closed off, forcing Garden Isle residents and visitors to a take a round about way just to get to the other side.

Drivers were stuck in traffic.

Some students even stayed home from school Wednesday because of a 24-hour closure of Kuhio Highway on Kauai's north shore.

And, it's all so that construction crews can replace two aging bridges.

An unusually noisy morning in a usually quiet area of Kauai.

And drviers weren't getting anywhere.

"It's a bummer but I guess it has to happen," one driver said.

The replacement of Wainiha Bridges one and three started early Wednesday morning.

To replace decades old wooden ones with new bridges made out of steel.

"Four beams will go on and then the decking will go out on top," said engineer Tom Binder.

To build the massive structures, the state implemented a 24-hour closure of Kuhio Highway.

"I think it's an adventure, at least they're letting us get across," another commuter said.

And people traveling on foot, took a short boat ride to get to the other side.

Transportation Deparment spokesman Scott Ishikawa says construction is going as scheduled and Kuhio Highway will re-open at 8 Thursday morning.

And the public will be able to enjoy a pair of brand new bridges.