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• Olohena Bridge
As a resident of upper Waipouli road I am greatly concerned about the voluminous increase in traffic when the Olohena bridge is closed for construction of its replacement.
Waipouli road is 13 1/2 feet wide which does not allow for two-way traffic unless both vehicles pull off the road onto the berm. Unfortunately there is no berm – only ruts on each side which continual rains have engraved into canyons.
Upper Waipouli is full of blind curve which are made blinder by lack of trimming the side grasses. In several places our speed limit is 10 mph which no one heeds. Racing drivers have made it into a track of competition. When the Olohena bridge closes it will take 10 minutes longer for emergency vehicles to reach their destinations.
How would you like to wait 10 extra minutes for an ambulance?
My question is, “Why can’t the county erect a temporary bypass bridge?” It would allow all of us continued access to our current roads and avoid huge lawsuits against the County for the accidents that will undoubtedly occur if Waipouli road is the main route.
On Thursday, March 10th at 1 p.m. at the Historical County Building in Lihu‘e the County Council will have on its agenda a discussion of this controversy. All citizens are invited to attend.
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