HANALEI, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — A cultural gathering was held Wednesday near the Waioli Stream Bridge in Hanalei. The event was jointly organized by the Hawaii Department of Transportation, the Hanalei Roads Committee and native Hawaiian organizations to celebrate the rich history of the Waioli, Waipa and Waikoko Stream Bridges. The bridges, often referred to locally as the “3-Ws”, are concrete bridges built as part of the Kauai Belt Road system in 1912 and 1913. In order to create a safer facility and aid road recovery efforts, HDOT plans to rehabilitate Waioli Stream Bridge and replace the Waipa and Waikoko Bridges. The Waikoko and Waipi bridges are currently ranked at numbers three and four on HDOT’s priority list for bridges in need of upgrade or repair. The Waiolo bridge is ranked 26th. HDOT says the upgrades are needed to bring in heavy materials for the Kuhio Highway Emergency Repairs such as the two-ton boulders needed to complete the revetment walls designed to prevent future slope failure along the roadway.