The Hawai'i DOT is beginning a $7.9 million project to repair the Karsten Thot Bridge. "The project is expected to prolong the life of the bridge and improve safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The steel truss bridge was last repaired in 2012. This project will repair corroded structural steel, walkways and guard railings. The bridge willalso be repainted."
The bridge was closed on Sunday, September 16, 2012 for much needed repairs. Trusses and rivets/bolts have been rusting without proper maintenance and the bridge has become a safety concern.
Traffic was limited to vehicles below 10-tons, removing city bus, construction vehicles and larger truck access; however local police have noted not everyone followed the highly visible advisories set up along Kamehameha Hwy. A decision was made to totally close the bridge to expedite repairs.
The closure has snarled commuter traffic coming from the North Shore, Whitmore Village, and the Naval Communication Base (NCTAMS) in the early morning on Monday, September 17, 2012. Many on their way to work sat in the long, single lane traffic for over an hour without even getting out of Whitmore. Bused students to area schools were late by as much as 2 hours.
Work is expected to take approximately 6 weeks, however local sentiment (this writer admits to being a little biased here) expects it to take much longer. Continuing coverage by local news outlets can be found over the internet.
Bridge is named Karsten Thot Bridge.