Kipapa Stream (Roosevelt) Bridge rehabilitation project complete
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) held a blessing ceremony to mark the opening of the rehabilitated Kipapa Stream (Roosevelt) Bridge on Kamehameha Highway in Mililani. HDOT partnered with the Central Federal Lands Highways Division (CFLHD) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to complete the work on the 85-year-old bridge.
The Kipapa Stream Bridge was originally constructed in 1933 and is located between Ka Uka Boulevard and Lanikuhana Avenue. It is approximately 484-feet long and the bridge width increased from 30 feet to 36 feet which boosts safety for all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians.
Project improvements include repaving the roadway, widening the bridge to provide 7-foot shoulders in both directions, enhancing the structural capacity and seismic retrofit to meet current design standards, replacing the railings, restriping the travel lanes and increasing the vehicle weight limit from 16 tons to 40 tons.
The $19.4 million project is funded with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state highways funds.
“We would like to thank CFLHD for working with us on the project to make the necessary improvements to a vital piece of roadway that connects communities,” said Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay. “We would also like to say mahalo to the people who use the bridge. Multiple weekend closures were necessary to complete the work and we appreciate their patience.”
HDOT completed additional safety improvements on Kamehameha Highway between the Kipapa Stream Bridge and Lanikuhana Avenue. The roadway was restriped to accommodate two 11-foot travel lanes (one northbound and one southbound), a 3 to 6-foot center median and 4 to 6.5-foot shoulders on both sides. The improvements increase safety for all users including motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians by providing more shoulder space and reducing the risk of head-on collisions. Between 2012 and 2016 there were 13 motor vehicle crashes due to a vehicle crossing over the center line on the north side of the bridge (which did not have a center median) vs. four on the south side of the bridge (which does have a striped median).
HDOT conducted a traffic study and determined no significant impacts to traffic from the adjusted striping. The results found the travel time from Ka Uka Boulevard to before Lanikuhana Avenue differed by an average of only 15-34 seconds. For additional information regarding the new safety features and the study please click here.
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Source: Hawaii DMV