Ministry of Transport | Weight limit for Kolekole Bridge on Hawaii Belt Road reduced to 4 tonnes
Weight limit for Kolekole Bridge on Hawaii Belt Road reduced to 4 tonnes
Posted on Sep 15, 2021 in Highways News, Main, News
HILO – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is reducing the allowable weight rating for the Kolekole Bridge on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) to four tons effective Wednesday September 15, 2021. Weight reduction will be in effect until further notice and signs advising of restrictions and a lowered speed limit of 25 mph on the bridge will be posted shortly.
The Kolekole Bridge at mile marker 14.27 was under surveillance due to the findings of the bridge inspection. The weight restriction and lowered speed limit will allow the HDOT to continue to allow road access for most passenger vehicles, which typically weigh two tonnes. Staff will be stationed on the bridge to alert drivers of the weight limit and ask them to turn around at highway intersections with Chin Chuck Road on the west side of the bridge and Banyan Tree Road on the east side. A map showing the location of the bridge and the U-turn areas can be found here.
Vehicles with a combined weight (including load) exceeding four tonnes will not be allowed to cross the Kolekole Bridge. It can affect emergency vehicles, buses, semi-trailers and passenger vehicles towing loads when the combined weight of the vehicle and the load exceeds four tons. HDOT will notify county emergency response services and transit agencies.
Engineers will perform additional analysis to see if the weight restriction can be adjusted or changed. Emergency repairs are planned for the Kolekole bridge. The estimated time frame for repairs is three to four months pending the availability of construction materials.