Emergency work on Hilo’s ‘Singing Bridge’ pau

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald One lane was closed during the emergency work on Wailuku Bridge, or “Singing Bridge,” on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. Both lanes are open and work is complete, according to The Hawaii Department of Transportation.

The state Department of Transportation said Monday emergency work is complete on Wailuku Bridge, also known as “Singing Bridge,” on Hawaii Belt Road at the north end of downtown Hilo.

All restrictions for the bridge have been lifted.


After crews spent the past month doing emergency work to repair bridge element degradation found during repair work, DOT is able to remove the lane closure, contra-flowed traffic, 25-ton loading limit, and 10 mph speed limit.

The bridge can now support the 40-ton load limit and 35 mph speed limit.

DOT made repairs to Wailuku Bridge in September 2019 and November 2020.

These interim repairs improve the safety and reliability of the structure until the completion of the full bridge rehabilitation project, which is planned for the fall of 2026.