Da Shadow: Lihue study, safety mats

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.


How much did the Lihue Bypass Road Feasibility Study cost?

Lihue Bypass Road Feasibility Study was a federal aid project. Total contract amount was $438,377. Twenty percent was county funded and 80 percent federal funded.

On Sept. 8 you stated that safety mats for Poinciana and Jerves streets are on order and expected to arrive in October. Please provide an update as to whether the mats have been received and when installation will occur.

The Department of Public Works has recently determined that the existing mat material is not durable in our wet/hot climate and must be replaced every two to three years, which is not practical. Also, the existing mats become hazardous when they begin to lift from the sidewalk, so Public Works crews have been removing mats found in disrepair islandwide.

Instead of continuing to order this material, we will now be purchasing a new material called CastinTact. CastinTact are concrete warning panels that become a permanent part of the walking surface. It is a more durable and thus a longer-lasting alternative and it is ADA compliant. Procurement of this material will occur in early January 2017 with installation to follow. We plan to start installation in Lihue, where there is high pedestrian traffic.

There is a tree/vegetation blocking the newly installed flashing crosswalk signage on Rice Street. Can this vegetation be trimmed? If so, when will this work be completed?

We agree that having trees obstruct the view of the Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons is something that should be addressed. The trees along Rice Street are currently maintained by the beautification crew within Parks and Recreation. Work will be coordinated and should addressed by the end of the calendar year.


Jerome Freitas can be reached at theshadow96751@gmail.com or 635-3528. Visit his website at http://theshadow96746.tripod.com.


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