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Umauma Bridge remains closed to traffic, detour to cause delays

Umauma Bridge construction. August 24, 2014. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Umauma Bridge construction. August 24, 2014. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

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This is a Road Closure information update for Saturday November 14th at 9:45 a.m.

The State Highways Department reports that the Umauma Bridge on Highway 19 in the area of the 16 to 17 mile marks in Hamakua remains closed to all traffic. A detour has been set up through the Old Mamalahoa Highway and motorists are advised to drive with caution and to expect traffic delays.

Presently delays of up to 30 minutes can be expected and if possible alternate routes should be used. It is unknown at this time when the bridge will be reopened.

UPDATED (11/16/2015)

The Umauma bridge remains closed with traffic being detoured over Old Mamalahoa Highway.

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveria the State Highways Department asked that the bridge be closed until they can check the footings. Due to the recent heavy rains crews would like to check the base of the temporary bypass bridge but heavy water flow has delayed inspections.
Oliveria stressed that they did not indicate any imminent danger with the bridge but would still like to check it.

It’s possible that the bridge may re-open by Thursday (Nov 19) but that is still pending the inspection.

Police Alert: Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Hakalau, between Kolekole Beach Park and Kaiwiki Homestead is closed Saturday (Nov 14) due to a landslide.

UPDATED (1:19 p.m. on 11/14/2015)

Old Mamalahoa Hwy in Hakalau, between Kolekole Beach Park and Kaiwiki Homestead, is now open to traffic. The landslide has been cleared.

2 Responses to “Umauma Bridge remains closed to traffic, detour to cause delays”

  1. Eugene Azuolas says:

    Remember 1’st amendment…. no censorship, please.
    Does the State know why the temp bridge is closed? Can the State share that with us?

    • ThisGuy says:

      According to Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveria the State Highways Department asked that the bridge be closed until they can check the footings. Due to the recent heavy rains crews would like to check the base of the temporary bypass bridge but heavy water flow has delayed inspections.
      Oliveria stressed that they did not indicate any imminent danger with the bridge but would still like to check it.

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