The $24.3 million dollar Kahoma Stream Bridge on Maui was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers at a ceremony this past weekend.
The bridge, also known as the Lahaina Bypass, received the 2013 Overall Grand Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award.
The ASCE Hawaii Section annually recognizes an exemplary civil engineering project that best illustrates superior civil engineering skills and represents a significant contribution to civil engineering progress and society.
The state Department of Transportation was honored to receive the award.
“Completion of this bridge was a key component in the first segment of the Lahaina Bypass, giving motorists a new alternate route to bypass the busiest section of Lahaina Town," said state DOT Director Glenn Okimoto.
The 360-foot, two-lane bridge structure was built with an inverted tier arch design, which places support beams below the road surface rather than above. This design was selected to minimize obstructions of ocean views for motorists and the Lahaina community. The support beam design also eliminates the need for foundation pillars below the bridge, which leaves the Kahoma Stream unobstructed.
The project will now be submitted to the ASCE national competition for consideration against other construction projects nationwide.