The Shadow’s Corner: Roadways and safety

Editor’s note: Old-timers might still remember the introduction from The Shadow radio program: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” Jerome Freitas, a retired state Department of Transportation worker who is now better known as The Shadow, since 2004 has been meeting with government representatives about problems he has discovered or that have been reported to him, and reporting the county’s responses.

Oma‘o — Punee Road

The Shadow: Has there been any progress with highway entry safety improvements?

County: Public Works is in discussion with various departments and the Department of Transportation on this issue. Work on this area will need to be coordinated with DOT in their plans for widening this section of Kaumuali‘i Highway. It is not anticipated that this project will be addressed until, at the earliest, fiscal year 2014.

Hanapepe pedestrian street bridge

The Shadow: What is the latest update on the bridge and what will happen to the pedestrian walkway?

County: The current bridge repair project includes demolition of the unsafe pedestrian walkway and construction of a sidewalk on the bridge deck within the parapet walls, separated from vehicular traffic by a railing. The Engineering Division is preparing a plan showing different alternatives for construction of the pedestrian bridge on the outside of the downstream parapet wall to present to the Hanapepe community.

Lihu‘e — Haleko Road.

The Shadow: The county needs to re-stripe the yellow solid line and also solid white line for the bike lane, and night reflectors are needed.

County: The Roads Division is to stripe per the county standard

Hanama‘ulu — Akuli and Hoohana roads

The Shadow: There is a pedestrian walkway in the area. Who is responsible for maintaining it?

County: The Roads Division will investigate to confirm ownership and maintain if county-owned.

Lihu‘e — Handicap parking signs

The Shadow: There are handicap parking signs on the side of the Historic County Building that don’t list what the fine is for parking there.

County: There is a dollar sign but no numbers. The Building Division will provide guidance for signs, and the Roads Division will fabricate and install.

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