The Shadow

w 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 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.


At the intersection of Poipu Road and Ala Kinoiki, the road is in need of repair at the makai side of Poipu Road. Are there any plans to address this intersection, as it is a gateway to Poipu and the resort area?

Yes, there are plans to address this intersection. PW Engineering is starting a planning/environmental/design effort as part of federal aid project on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Project limits will be Poipu Road from the intersection of Koloa Road to Ala Kinoiki.


In regards to the damaged safety rubber mats on Poinciana Street and Jerves Street in Lihue, the safety mats along the entire roadway are in need of repair and maintenance, as they are lifting up and need to be secured. What is the timeline to fix this safety hazard?

PW Roads is aware of the situation and has ordered the replacement materials. Materials are expected to arrive next month.

Are there plans to re-caulk the floor tiles located outside the County’s Department of Motor Vehicles building?

Our maintenance division was notified of this concern and a work order was initiated to make necessary repairs.


Regarding Puuopae and Opaekaa bridges, will they be one-lane or two-lanes? Concrete or prefabricated?

Both bridges are federal aid projects on the STIP that are being planned and designed for one lane, based on community input. Final design is not completed yet but it will be steel bridges with a concrete decks.

What are the plans to fix the center line on Malo Road that is faded?

A work order has been created and we are currently scheduling this activity.


Who is responsible for the opening of river mouths on Kauai? Many of the river mouths, including the Kealia River mouth, is becoming clogged up or on its way to closing up. Are there any plans to address this concern?

Various agencies are responsible for opening the river mouths on Kauai. Kealia River mouth is under state DLNR jurisdiction.


On south Aliomanu Road, approximately 100 yards from the intersection, there is a drain cover that is unstable and shakes when vehicles drive over it. What are the plans to correct this?

PW Roads is finalizing its work plan and is in the process of scheduling this work.

••• Jerome Freitas can be reached at or 635-3528. Visit his website at


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