Waiaka Bridge replacement project moving again

  • A Hele-On bus approaches the Waiaka Bridge. A long-stalled project to replace the bridge on Highway 19 in Waimea is moving again. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today file photo)

  • A large crack is seen in the now-90-year-old Waiaka Bridge in June 2021. A long-stalled project to replace the bridge on Highway 19 in Waimea is moving again. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today file photo)

  • Traffic headed mauka and makai cross over the Waiaka Bridge. A long-stalled project to replace the bridge on Highway 19 in Waimea is moving again. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today file photo)

  • Traffic crosses Waiaka Bridge. A long-stalled project to replace the bridge on Highway 19 in Waimea is moving again. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today file photo)

  • The project also includes reconfiguring the intersection of Kawaihae and Kohala Mountain roads to a roundabout (pictured). The draft EA said a roundabout would “outperform a T-intersection” and remove the need for a traffic signal. (DOT/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The project also includes reconfiguring the intersection of Kawaihae and Kohala Mountain roads to a roundabout. The draft EA said a roundabout would “outperform a T-intersection” (pictured) and remove the need for a traffic signal. (DOT/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A long-stalled project to replace the 90-year-old Waiaka Bridge on Highway 19 in Waimea is moving again.