This nearly one-mile-long precast bridge connects the Hawaiian Island of Oahu to Ford Island in Pearl Harbor and offers a floating center drawspan to accommodate large ships. The U.S. Navy wanted to improve access to Ford Island in order to develop and better utilize this valuable asset. With a design/build competition, they developed a bridge that would provide the needed access, and also blend into the historic area aesthetically.
The solution was a 4,700 foot long pile supported bridge with a 930 foot long moveable floating concrete drawspan in the center. Two articulated steel transition spans ramp down to the floating section. Construction time was only 27 months.