2004 National Hydraulics Engineering Conference
Photo Contest Winners - Most Disastrous Bridge
Submitted by: Curtis Matsuda of Hawaii Department of Transportation
Subject: Roadway and Sectional views of Waikoko Stream Bridge, on the island of Kauai. The existing bridge originally collapsed in 1949 due to a severe tsunami. To quickly open the road to traffic (the only access at that time), Highway Personnel immediately backfilled the collapsed portion, and paved a layer of asphalt pavement to match the original grade. Fifty-five years later, nothing has changed except minor repairs to the crm wall and a couple of ac resurfacing. The above photos were taken in April of 2001 and still look the same today.
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