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Residents of Oma‘o are close to having a new bridge completed over the Oma‘o Stream.
The bridge is being built by the County of Kaua‘i, and the contractor is Unlimited Construction, and is located on Oma‘o Road.
The bridge is nearing completion, with paving work the next step.
The county Department of Public Works Engineering Division said weather is factor in how soon the paving will be done.
The bridge is scheduled to be completed by September, though the county hopes it will be opened earlier than that, according to Cyndi Mei Ozaki, public information officer for the County of Kaua‘i.
The new concrete bridge replaces an old, one-lane wooden structure that was in disrepair.
The new bridge is concrete and a two-lane structure.
The County of Kaua‘i has an interesting history in building concrete bridges. In the 1910s the introduction of reinforced concrete structures to Kaua‘i brought new strength and safety to buildings, as well as bridges.
County Engineer Joseph Moragne applied the then-new concrete technology to bridge building.
Examples of his work in this area include the Waikoko and Waipa Bridges on the west side of Hanalei Bay, bridges that still carry traffic despite going through two major tsunami.
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