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Friday, November 15, 2013

Last community meeting regarding improvements to Eastside bridges set for Nov. 20 at Kapa'a Middle School

The original Opaekaa Bridge.
(Photo: Hawaii State Archives)

The Department of Public Works has scheduled the third and final community meeting regarding improvements to the Kapahi, Opaeka‘a and Pu‘uopae bridges.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m., at the Kapa‘a Middle
School cafeteria.

A presentation will be made on the proposed design for each of the respective bridges.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to provide input on the proposed designs and
share concerns they may have regarding the bridges.

In the initial phase of the project, consultant KAI Hawai'i, Inc. completed preliminary
studies on the project, including geotechnical studies and land surveying. The data collected
along with community input from the first round of meetings were used as the basis for the proposed bridge designs.

In 1904, the Opaekaa Bridge spanned the Wailua River 
(they used the pieces to build the current Opaekaa Bridge, above.)
(Photo: Pat Griffin)

Additionally, the project team notified and consulted with Native Hawaiian organizations
and Native Hawaiian descendants that may have ancestral lineal or cultural ties to, cultural
knowledge or concerns for, or cultural religious attachment to the proposed project area
pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

For more information about the project, please contact Samy Venkatesan at 241-4885 or

HHF was a consulting party for the proposed repairs and supports the current proposal.

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