History::Opaekaa Road Bridge


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History The steel supports for this bridge were originally forged in 1890 and utilized as part of the Wailua River Bridge. Constructed as a three span, steel truss bridge, its construction was delayed through 1894 due to the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the establishment of the Republic of Hawaii.<ref name="Book">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> When this span was replaced in 1919, the steel was reused in the construction of the present-day bridge over Opaeka Stream. Its relocation was carried out by then County Engineer Joseph Moragne.<ref name="August3"/>

Today, the largest span has a length of {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}, a total length of {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} and a deck width of {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}.<ref name="Database">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Having an average daily traffic of 382 vehicles as of 1986, the bridge is maintained by the [[Kauai County, Hawaii|Kaua County]] Division of Roads.<ref name="Database"/> With a sufficiency rating of only 14.7 percent and substandard safety railing, this span is listed as structurally deficient and past the point of rehabilitation, necessitating the need for a replacement span for the crossing.<ref name="Database"/>

As a result of its age and exposure, many of its steel beams are rusted through, with much of its concrete deck cracked in multiple locations.<ref name="August3"/> Due to its deteriorating state as of 2007, its rated load is 5 tons.<ref name="August3"/> Currently, the span is downgraded to a weight limit of 3 tons, and is listed to be replaced as part of the Hawaii Department of Transportation's current statewide transportation improvement program.<ref name="DOT">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

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