A portion of South Kihei Road was closed on Thursday, Aug. 22, as county crews conduct stabilization work on the Kulanihako'i Bridge.
The work on last week was the first phase of a multiple-phase project in which steel plates will be installed over the roadway where the culverts are located, county officials said.
The next phase of the project will involve the installation of a temporary bridge in late October or November to allow motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to go around the area while the culvert is being repaired.
That phase of the project is expected to take three months to complete.
Construction on a replacement for the deteriorating, 102-year-old bridge is expected to begin in 2015, with completion expected to take nine months at a cost of $3.6 million, funded in part by the County of Maui and the Federal Highway Administration.