Historic roads expert to speak on North Shore

Preserving the scenic beauty of a ten-mile stretch of North Shore highway is the focus of a talk set for Saturday night at Hanalei.

The section of Kuhio Highway that runs from Princeville to Ke’e Beach is scheduled to have metal guard rails installed, and significant alterations to culverts that carry Limahuli Stream and other streams across the highway, by the state Department of Transportation.

Dan Marriott, director of rural heritage program and historic roads for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is scheduled to speak at the Hale Halawai Ohana O Hanalei center from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Marriott is the author of the book “Saving Historic Roads.”

Marriott will talk about designs and federal standards for the construction of guardrails and rockwalls and other road improvements that are possible along the stretch of highways, said Barbara Robeson, a member of the Hanalei Roads Committee.

For safety reasons, the DOT plans to outfit the road with galvanized steel guardrails, but Robeson’s group and other residents said the structures would be incompatible with the rural flavor of the area.

Robeson’s group wants DOT to amend its plan and is attempting to place the 10-mile roadway on the National Historic Register.

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