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PAIHI BRIDGE ROAD CLOSURE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1ST

May 19, 2009, 3:50 PM HST
* Updated May 19, 5:24 PM
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Completion of bridge replacement work at the Paihi Bridge in East Maui has been delayed by a week, due to complications caused by geological conditions. The road is now expected to reopen Monday, June 1, 2009.

File Photo of temporary bridge at Paihi.  Courtesy County of Maui.

File Photo of temporary bridge at Paihi. Courtesy County of Maui.

After the road’s scheduled reopening on Monday, June 1, additional brief closures lasting up to 3-4 hours may be needed to ensure worker and motorist safety. The Paihi Bridge is located in Kipahulu in East Maui near mile marker 45.

Paihi Bridge was scheduled to be repaired prior to the October 2006 earthquake, when its footings were damaged by the quake. After it was determined that the earthquake damage could not be safely repaired, a temporary bridge was installed to accommodate road traffic until the design and engineering work for the permanent replacement was completed.

The road is currently closed to allow the installation of the permanent bridge structure. Vehicular access is expected to be restricted for the duration of the closure.

The contractor will continue to provide a shuttle for residents who need to go through the work area. Residents of the area who need more information on the shuttle service should call Jeff Francis of Global Specialty Contractors at (808) 741-8305.

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(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009; placeholder image & information courtesy County of Maui)

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