Improvement projects

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.

Lihu‘e — Ulu Ko Subdivision

The Shadow: What plans does Public Works have on re-striping the Ulu Ko subdivision? When turning right on Nokekula Street (main entrance), this road needs to be re-striped with yellow solid double lines. Also re-stripe solid white lines at the edge of the road. This subdivision hasn’t been striped for over 10 years.

County: Public Works will be conducting a Complete Streets retrofit of this subdivision for right-of-way to fit pedestrian and bicycle facilities by using striping versus infrastructure upgrades. The timeline for this work would be six to 10 months. Minor striping work is scheduled to  be completed in the interim before the major work is undertaken later this year.

Lawai Valley

The Shadow: There is a problem with drainage when it rains.

County: On Feb. 8, the Hanapepe Baseyard removed rocks and debris from the channel and trimmed back the Hao brush. There are three drain culverts laying horizontally under a driveway. This particular culvert system is not built to handle the amount of water that flows towards it, which was explained to (the property owner). The Hanapepe Baseyard can monitor this drain for debris and clogging.


The Shadow: The one-lane bridge next to Wong’s Care Home — the metal rails were replaced, but they should be painted ‘safety yellow.’ When will the painting be completed?

County: Public Works is procuring the paint and will schedule the work once it’s received.


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