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Part of temporary rail framework breaks off in Pearl City

  • DENNIS ODA / JAN. 2016

    This is the view of the progress on construction of HART’s mass transit rail on Kamehameha Hwy. looking west toward Waimano Home Road.

Honolulu rail officials say they’re investigating what caused a temporary construction framework to accidentally “separate” from the elevated guideway over the weekend in Pearl City.

The incident happened Sunday as crews worked in 20-acre area known locally as the Banana Patch, according to Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation spokesman Bill Brennan. The framework belonged to Kiewit Infrastructure West, according to Brennan — it’s the firm that’s building the first 10 miles of the rail guideway. The framework was attached to the three-foot-tall sound wall that’s being erected along the guideway, he said.

No one was injured when it came off, and crews removed the detached frame from the guideway on Tuesday afternoon, he said. The crews were working on other construction-related tasks in the area when it came off, he said.

“Safety is of the utmost importance to the project team, and we’re currently reviewing the incident to prevent future occurrences,” Brennan added in a text. There’s no word yet if this was the first such incident during construction of the rail project, nor did Brennan have any immediate details on how big and heavy the detached framework was.

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