Makaha Bridge Update

The Original 1997 Makaha Beach Park Study Proposal, which includes re-routing Farrington Highway (image from http://www.malamamakaha.com).  Civil Beat ran an article about the Makah Bridge issue on 3/8/13: http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2013/03/08/18545-leeward-residents-protest-temporary-road-through-makaha-beach/)

The Original 1997 Makaha Beach Park Study Proposal, which includes re-routing Farrington Highway (image from http://www.malamamakaha.com). Civil Beat ran an article about the Makah Bridge issue on 3/8/13: http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2013/03/08/18545-leeward-residents-protest-temporary-road-through-makaha-beach/)

 
 
I have received numerous calls from people concerned about the Makaha Bridge Project. A big concern is whether the bridge will preclude the re-routing of Farrington Highway mauka of its current location according a community-backed City master plan for Makaha Surfing Beach. (For more information about this issue, visit http://www.malamamakaha.com).
 
I am happy to report that I met with Councilwoman Kymberly Pine on 3/7/13, and Pine stated that she intends to push for the re-routing of Farrington Highway onto the City-owned land on the mauka side of the highway’s current location. In a recent email regarding the Makaha Bridge issue, Councilwoman Pine stated:
 
On Mar 4, 2013, at 12:38 PM, “Pine, Kymberly Marcos” <kmpine@honolulu.gov> wrote:

Thank you, Maile. You and Rep. Jordon have done a great job trying your best to resolve this issue. I will still pursue the Mauka Road and Park idea via the City which will connect to the bridge no matter where the bridge. We first need to find out how much it will be to study the plan then how much it will cost to construct. This will all be done with City funds. As soon as I have this information, I will share it with you.

All the best,

Kym

Further, in response to community concerns, I asked the State Department of Transportation (DOT) whether they could slant the planned bridge in the mauka direction to accomodate re-routing the highway.  I also asked whether DOT could cancel the project altogether due to questions about the high cost, and concerns about whether the replacement is necessary given that the bridge was repaired in 2006 and 2009.
 
DOT responded that they would oppose either option due to serious liability concerns about the existing bridge’s safety and operating load capacity.  DOT explained that the bridge may be incapable of supporting large vehicles such as fire trucks and buses as it deteriorates further, and that Makaha is their number one priority bridge project.
 
Another concern is whether the temporary bypass will be on the sand.  DOT stated that the bypass will not be on the sand; rather there will be a temporary bridge and part of the asphalt shoulder on the mauka side of Farrington Highway will also be used. 
 
I spoke to Civil Beat about the issue on 3/8/13 (See http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2013/03/08/18545-leeward-residents-protest-temporary-road-through-makaha-beach/), and plan to either attend or send my liaison to future meetings regarding the Makaha Bridge.
 
I realize that many residents remain very opposed to the bridge project, and I will continue to try my best to address your concerns.  You may contact me  at maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com or 586-7793.
 
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  1. […] City’s 1997 plan to relocate Farrington Highway. Click on this link for more information:   https://21maile.com/2013/03/08/makaha-bridge-update/   With the Policy Committee’s support, the Farrington Highway Realignment Feasibility Study will […]

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