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Wailuā Homesteads bridge repairs complete

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Temporary repairs to Yasutake Bridge, located on Kamalu Road in Wailuā on the East Side of Kaua‘i, have been completed.

“While the roadway is now open to traffic, the public is urged to observe the posted speed limit and all precautionary road signage when using this temporary bridge,” County Engineer Troy Tanigawa said, in a recent announcement from the County of Kaua‘i.

The scope of work included the installation of a 60-foot Acrow bridge, signs, speed-calming devices and additional paving work, according to county officials. Goodfellow Brothers was contracted for the project.  

  • County Engineer Troy Tanigawa urges drivers to exercise caution when crossing the temporary bridge. Photo Courtesy: County of Kaua‘i
  • County officials closed the bridge this past June, citing safety concerns surrounding the bridge’s foundation. Photo Courtesy: County of Kaua‘i

“Speed Humps were installed during this project to slow traffic speeds in the vicinity of the temporary bridge,” Tanigawa continued. “Please also note that the temporary bridge is raised and includes steeper approach ramps to comply with floodplain requirements for the area, so motorists using trailers or low-profile vehicles are advised to drive cautiously or avoid using this temporary bridge.”

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Kaua‘i county closed the bridge on June 10, 2022, based on safety concerns with critical scour conditions that affected the bridge’s foundation. On June 14, county consultants Consor Engineers conducted dive inspections of Yasutake Bridge and discovered further scouring of the bridge. Following the assessment, the engineering consultant recommended that the bridge remain closed until the temporary bridge is in place.

Anyone with questions or comments may contact the Department of Public Works at (808) 241-4996 or [email protected]

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