Lane closure on Hakalau Bridge for repairs

HILO, Big Island (KHNL) - The northbound lane of the Hakalau Bridge along Route 19 on the Big Island will be closed to traffic beginning Wednesday, July 9 while crews repair three of the bridge's underwater concrete footings.

Structural investigators say the footings were damaged by heavy rains this past winter.

Traffic will be contra-flowed and portable signals will alert drivers. Crews will also be on site to help with traffic control.

Engineers say it will take crews about a month to compete the necessary repairs.

Bridge inspectors and engineers have been monitoring Hakalau Bridge closely for more than a year.

Engineers are also wrapping up a three-month joint repair project to the bridge's structure.