HDOT News Release: Full closure of Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) in Papaikou for emergency repairs to Kapue Bridge, Monday, September 10

Posted on Sep 10, 2018 in Latest News

North and south bound traffic to be detoured to county route Papaikou Mill Road; vehicles weighing over 10 tons will need to find alternate route during the anticipated 3-hour closure.

HILO – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will continue emergency repairs to Kapue Bridge on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) in South Hilo on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. The emergency work on September 10 will require a full closure of the highway at mile marker 6.5 (Kapue Bridge) as a concrete pumping truck is stationed to make repairs to a bridge footing that suffered significant scour during Tropical Cyclone Lane.

The closure is anticipated to take three hours between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. During the full closure, motorists will be detoured to Papaikou Mill Road. Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight above 10 tons (20,000 pounds) will not be able to use the detour as the bridge on the county road has a weight limit of 10 tons. For reference, most passenger vehicles have a gross vehicle weight of 2 tons.

Work is weather dependent. Should the emergency repairs end earlier than anticipated, or require more time, updates will be provided over HDOT’s social media accounts, https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiDepartmentOfTransportation/ and https://twitter.com/DOTHawaii

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Shelly Kunishige
Hawaii Department of Transportation
(808) 587-2160
Shelly.y.kunishige@hawaii.gov