Editor’s note: Old-timers might still remember the introduction from The Shadow radio program. Jerome Freitas, a retired state Department of Transportation worker who is now better known as Da 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.
Da Shadow: Going up the hill on Malu Road there is a very steep drop off on the right hand side that appears to be a safety hazard. I had heard this road may be closed. Is that true? If not, is there some kind of measure that should be taken to ensure motorist safety?
County: Roads Division will investigate this safety concern and send a guardrail installation request to Engineering Division who will determine if a guardrail is warranted.
Da Shadow: After you turn onto Kealia Road there is a bus stop on the right hand side. There is a steep drop off on the side of the road that should be addressed. Is this the county’s responsibility or is the land owned by a private landowner?
County: The bus stop is on state right of way and the drop off on county property. We will schedule filling and grading once the Kapaa Baseyard has completed its two other priority projects: FEMA-funded repair projects which are under federal deadline, and hauling dirt for the Kapaa Stadium complex. We anticipate being able to address this concern in September or October.
• Jerome Freitas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 635-3528. Visit theshadow96746.tripod.com.