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Singing Bridge

Photos 

Oblique view facing north

The water of the Wailuku river on the left, Pacific Ocean on the right, and Hilo's Singing bridge in between.

Photo taken by Ryan Ozawa 2006 Nov 26

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

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BH Photo #246873

Map 

Description 

The deck is a steel grid which creates a singing sound from the tires of cars driving on it.

Built 1950, when the Hawaii Belt Road was built along the old railroad alignment. This bridge replaced a three span Warren railroad bridge at the same location. Two of the spans were reconfigured as an automobile deck truss crossing Kolekole Creek.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Wailuku River on Hawaii Belt Road, Hwy 19
Location
Wainaku, Hawaii County, Hawaii
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1950, replacing a 3 span railroad bridge at the same location.
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 133.9 ft.
Total length: 421.9 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Also called
Airplane Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+19.72819, -155.08746   (decimal degrees)
19°43'41" N, 155°05'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
5/281231/2182748 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hilo
Inventory number
BH 55192 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 83.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
16,565

Update Log 

  • December 19, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • July 15, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Steel grate deck"
  • January 12, 2013: Added by Fmiser

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Sources 

  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net