Construction work on the new Kawela Bridge will resume Monday after a delay of more than three months, according to Goodfellow Bros. Project Manager Todd Svetin.
Goodfellow Bros., the general contractor for the project, received word from the State Department of Transportation on Tuesday that they have the approval to begin work again.
Work on the $6 million bridge replacement project suddenly stopped in March when the water quality certification permit expired. Svetin said he did not know why the DOT allowed this permit to expire.
Heavy equipment is being moved to the Kawela staging area this week so work can begin on Monday. “We are pleased to be able to get started again,” said Svetin. “It’ll be good to get guys back to work.”
Svetin estimates the project will be completed in April or May of 2014. “We will revisit the schedule and set a date,” he said.
The new bridge will be 21 feet longer, and 19 feet wider than the original bridge built in 1940. The Kawela Stream, which flows under Kamehameha V Highway immediately west of the turnoff for the Kawela I Subdivision, has flooded multiple times in the past few decades. The streambed under the new bridge will be lined with concrete to protect the banks from erosion and to facilitate maintenance.
Shortly after the project’s groundbreaking on June 18, 2012, a detour was built on Kam V Highway where the old bridge stood. Since then, the road has experienced no flooding problems, even after significant rains that fell in March, said Svetin.
The improvements for the new bridge are designed to reduce flooding in the area. The wider bridge will allow for a 10-foot shoulder to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Sub-contractors on the project include GP Roadway Solutions; Akira Yamamoto, Inc.; David’s Fencing, Inc.; Maui Paving, LLC; Beachside Roofing, LLC; Structural Systems, Inc.; Apply-A-Line, Inc.; JN Construction, Inc.; Associated Steel Workers, Ltd.; Green Thumb, Inc. and Archaeological Services Hawaii, LLC.