Emergency repairs to ‘Singing Bridge’ cause traffic detour

The Hawaii Department of Transportation said this afternoon that Hilo-bound traffic on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) will be detoured through county’s Hau and Wainaku streets due to emergency repairs to girders on Wailuku Bridge, aka “Singing Bridge.”

Signs have been placed to direct drivers to the detour route.

Wailuku River Bridge will have a traffic-control shift which will allow only Honokaa-bound traffic on the bridge until further notice.

The need for emergency repairs to the makai bridge girders was found as crews completed repairs to the deck of the bridge. That work began in September 2020 to repair exposed concrete.

Rehabilitation of the bridge is scheduled in 2024.

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