South Kihei Road bridge work on schedule

The Maui News

County Public Works Department Director David Goode said Thursday that repairs to an old culvert bridge on South Kihei Road are on schedule to be completed by the end of February.

Both the department and the office of Council Member Kelly King have been fielding a lot of calls lately about the Waiakoa Drainageway Repair project. King, who holds the South Maui residency seat, said that residents have expressed frustration and confusion over when the project would be finished.

The $1.9 million project, which received a notice to proceed July 24, has blocked off a portion of South Kihei Road over the past few months.

Workers are replacing South Kihei Road’s old culvert bridge, which had one 36-inch drainage pipe and one 24-inch pipe. The new bridge will have two 10-foot-by-3-foot culverts.

The first of two culverts is nearly complete. Last week, Hawaiian Dredging crew members continued work on the box culvert, placing stones to stabilize the slope and to eliminate erosion. Workers are scheduled to begin resetting pilings and building a matching culvert.

“We can only work on one side of the bridge at a time in order to comply with our water permits, so water can still flow through the area,” Goode explained.

Hawaiian Dredging Construction crew members in mid-November said they planned to finish by the end of January, though just to be safe, the department is “looking at the end of February,” Goode said. The original contract was for 140 working days, or about seven months.

The director said that the message to residents driving through north Kihei is still to “budget extra time and drive safely.”