$650,000 to Replace Halawa Stream Bridge

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The 60-year-old Halawa Stream Bridge needs to be replaced to meet current design standards, including load and seismic requirements. Governor Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii) has part of the solution. She released over $650,000 in additional construction funds to replace the Honolulu bound section of the bridge on Kamehameha Highway.

The new bridge will be wider, and provide sidewalks and bridge railings for pedestrian traffic.

"Maintaining our bridges is an important component of keeping our roads safe and efficient," said Governor Lingle. "This project will modernize the bridge for thousands of drivers and pedestrians in central Oahu."

The total cost of the project is estimated to be more than $11 million and this includes the $9 million in federal funds. Over $1 million is from previous state allotments and $25,000 is from the gas company for the relocation of a gas line.

The construction is ongoing and is scheduled to be completed in September 2009.