Hawaii state officials are implementing new weight limit restrictions for bridges on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai as the result of a recent calculation reassessment taking heavy truck loads into account.
While most passenger vehicles should not be affected, emergency vehicles, buses, and tractor trailers likely will be. The Hawaii Department of Transportation said it is coordinating with county emergency response and public transit agencies on vehicle access to these areas.
Commercial vehicles and trucks with routes taking them over these bridges will be required to apply for an overload permit, adjust their loads, or consider alternate routes.
Signs advising motorists of the new weight limit reductions at bridges are being posted this week in the following locations:
Nuuanu Stream Bridge, westbound on Nimitz Highway between River Street and Awa Street, new weight limit 28 tons.
North (Lower) Poamoho Stream Bridge, on Kaukonahuna Road (Rte. 930) about 400 ft. northeast of Hukilau Loop, new weight limit 12 tons.
Ninole Stream Bridge on Hawaii Belt Road (Rte. 11) Milepost 56.5, new weight limit 13 tons.
Hilea Stream Bridge on Hawaii Belt Road (Rte. 11) Milepost 57.6, new weight limit 13 tons.
Waiaka Stream Bridge on Hawaii Belt Road (Rte. 19) Milepost 58.8, new weight limit 15 tons.
Honokohau Stream Bridge on Kahekili Highway (Rte. 30) Milepost 35.8, new weight limit 16 tons.
Papanahoa Stream Bridge on Kahekili Highway (Rte. 30) Milepost 41.25, new weight limit 15 tons.
Maui County owned Makani No. 132 culvert, on Makani Road between Apana Road and Kaupea Street, new weight limit 13 tons.
Maliko No. 48 Bridge, on Makawao Avenue between Kokomo Road and Kee Road, new weight limit 9 tons.
Kaupea No. 134 Bridge, on Kaupea Street between Puia Place and Haele Place, new weight limit 10 tons.
Hanapepe River Bridge on Kaumualii Highway (Rte. 50) in Hanapepe Town, new weight limit 34 tons.
Some of the weight restrictions for bridges on the list may be removed or reduced following further testing, analysis or with bridge repair projects, DOT officials indicated.